Posts Tagged ‘Caddis Pattern


Fly Tying With Carpet Samples

Of late, well the last 2+ years, I have been preoccupied with hoarding houses (Mom/Aunt…Hoarding Woes & You). Today, I found this carpet sample deal and considered portions of it for fly tying.

Here the colors are more evident. This is short fibered carpet. Each twisted fiber is approximately 1/3″. I selected several colors. Each swatch is, of course, enough for several years of tying what? Caddis patterns, we shall see and I will share.


Caddis Patterns: Egg Sac’s Colors

You will see the occasional Caddis pattern, usually a dry pattern vs. a diving caddis pattern (you can add an egg sac here too) with a colorful bump at the rear at the bend of the hook. This addition to the pattern is meant to represent an egg sac, which the female Caddis will be dropping, dabbing or diving to lay the eggs.

What color should the egg sac be? You see patterns with a hot red/orange spot as well as various shades of green, yellow to yellowish orange. The little bit of research I did, suggest the egg sacs for some Caddis is typically a shade of green to yellow. It might be worth a shot to add this touch to you Caddis patterns as you tie away this Winter for next year.

Ausable Queen by Tom Deschaine

Caddis With Green Egg Sac (musicarskikafe.blogspot)

Agent 99 Caddis, Thomas C. Duncan, Sr. (Danica)

Glow in The Ass Caddis, Casters FF

Hotter colors might be used, but I am not sure the pattern doesn’t then swing over into a attractor style vs. the theoretically more life like egg sac. Try them both.   Diving Caddis Patterns Without Egg Sacs…But They Could  Also, see this Mayfly version with an egg sac by Markov


Fly Tying: Fore & Aft Patterns

I am by no means a fly pattern historian. I leave it to others to delve back through the annals of fly tying. The fore and aft style fly pattern is reputed to have originated in England over a century ago. Most patterns (save those with new synthetic materials) probably had multiple originators in the far corners of the fly tying/fishing world.

The fore and aft is often offered up as a midge cluster. Well, that seems fine for a very small pattern, say size 16 to 20, but my experience with say the Renegade pattern is it has done amazingly well in B.C. lakes as a Caddis pattern beneath the surface. I recall a small, remote lake near Wavy L. that to this day afforded some of the most amazing fly fishing I have ever experienced. The Renegade pattern was in tatters, with the tinsel and rear hackle trailing behind. There were no chironomid/midge in sight. Only, Caddis/Sedge were emerging and skittering. As tempting as it was to put on a large dry Caddis pattern, the sunken Renegade was intoxicating to the fish and to me. I will never forget the fly line zipping through the water as the Kamloops took the fly and jetted off across my path. 

Whether the body in tied thinly or rather plump, like the Renegade, experiment with the fore and aft hackling on a pattern. Try it as a searching pattern where exact dry fly /emerger pattern presentations are not called for. Lakes and busy surface streams would be good choices. The hackles can be the dry fly quality feather or even a softer hackles for a busier look. I have include a Renegade I tied and a Stick Fly (midge) pattern that shows Ostrich Herl for the hackle. 


Fly Tying: Deer or Elk Hair Collar/Wing

I like the looks of this wing/legs effect from spinning dyed, deer hair. I have shown this before, but each time I try this and take a pic, I am pleased with the results. I will be exploring with these soon. The abdomen could be a little tighter. I dubbed it and teased out the trailing strands of dubbing. Perhaps, perhaps not….shall see. 


Fly Tying: CDC Winged Emerger

A little randomness in tying. A size 16, Emerger pattern tied to sit low in the film, and sink a bit at the end of the presentation. The Z-lon tail/shuck could be left off and the pattern could be used as a low riding Caddis pattern. Each one looks different, (not unusual for me) as I experimented with hackle color, thread color, body material (thread or dubbing) and thorax color/material. Same techniques to tie but different outcomes.


Fly Tying: Norway’s Superpuppan (Emergency Fly)

This fly, the Superpuppan, is touted as a worthy wet fly or emerger pattern on a Norwegian trout blog. It looks similar to the late Ed Story’s Crackleback pattern. Both would be a nice, simple tie and seem productive on top, in the surface film or pulled beneath.

“…nothing seems to make the fish take. But it still rises. Then its time to bring out the emergency flies. The emergency fly no 1 is one we scandinavians call “Superpuppan”, or the super pupa. Its a fierce fly, imitating the hatching caddis. If you don´t have it already – get it !!!”

Crackleback Fly: Byron Haugh, Photograph: Hans Weilenmann (Danica)

This is a simple fly to tie. I would use better quality dry fly hackle rather than soft, webby hackle. In the top pattern (Superpuppan) you see a two tone colored body with a palmered hackle. There appears to be a bit of flash from some ribbing. In the Crackleback fly the body could be several different materials (floss, thread, dubbed, yarn) with peacock pulled over the top and then the hackle wrapped forward over the body. Like a large Griffith’s Gnat, these patterns will create a disturbance and animation. Simple and touted to be quite effective.


Fly Tying: Caddis With Deer Hair Collar

This Caddis pattern has a dubbed Ice Dub body and a collar of dark deer hair formed by inserting deer hair in a dubbing loop, then gently spinning the hair and then winding a buggy looking collar. The attached tutorial (I couldn’t figure out how to photograph it myself with out movement/blur) at Fly Tying Romania demonstrates the loop with inserted hair. I did not insert nearly as much hair, but the picture aids in the understanding of how to form a body (or in the above case, a collar). I have mentioned this use of deer/elk hair before.I first saw the use of deer hair for legs/wing material with Jeff Morgan. Jeff did not use a loop. He spun/twisted his hair onto the tying thread…a technique he admitted was taxing at best. I recommend the loop method. This buggy-leggy look could be equally used on all nymphs, not just Caddis. You would use less and have shorter legs, of course.


Fly Tying: Applying Wing Material Without Wrapping

Wet Fly Caddis Pattern~SwittersB

The pattern was tied on a size 12 hook (a little big for most Caddis patterns). The body is dubbed Hare’s Ear. I dubbed it with a loop and quite bushy. No ribbing. The bronze mallard feather was tied in ala the Bird’s Nest Pattern (see tutorial) then a dubbed (Hare’s Ear), head was wound around the tie in point for the mallard feathers. I expect the body and head portions to be scraggly and life like, with the dubbing fibers waving and pulsing. The tying lesson here is the mallard wing: Not wound. The barbs are selected and cut from the stem, then measured for length and then tied in at the thorax area. The bushy abdomen is biggest at the spot where the wing will be tied in, there by causing the mallard barbs to angle out away from the body.


Romanian Tutorial On Pupa de Scorobete


Pupa~Lucian Vasies

Pupa~Lucian Vasies

Straight forward visuals on how to tie this pupa and rough up the abdomen for scraggily bug life like (movement) appearance. As always, Mr. Vasies’ photography is exceptional in its clarity and effectiveness. I made an effort to define ‘Scorobete’…not sure if place, person or ???.

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