Posts Tagged ‘caddis

23
Jan
19

Fly tying: deer hair collar…

A buoyant material added on a caddis pattern. Spun in a dubbing loop and wrapped as a collar/thorax. It is fairly durable and impressionistic of wing/legs.

18
Nov
18

Bead Head Pupa Pattern…

A very few of you might recall that SwittersB & Exploring was, at first, SwittersB & FlyFishing…so for old time’s sake…a fly tying post displaying a pupa pattern with bed head….I use tie this to represent/suggest a caddis pupa, subsurface.

16
Aug
16

fly pattern: emerging caddis pupa

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24
Sep
15

Bead Head Caddis Pupa…

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19
Mar
15

Caddis Pupa Fly Pattern

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Impressionistic Caddis Pupa pattern on size 14 hook.

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Image: Rick Hafele & The Fly Fishing Shop

 

Here is a nice piece re Spring time insect hatches for the fly fisher/tier to study up on. Info via Rick Hafele and The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon.

06
Jan
14

Fitting the Pieces of Patterns……..

In the past, I have touched upon the Tied Down Caddis pattern here at SwittersB. Partly out of nostalgia and also because it was the only fly I had for my beginning fly fishing fifty + years ago. It was, as I have said, an exceptional pattern. 

Today, I came across an old pic I had taken of the pattern and it jumped out at me that the pattern, although of different materials, has much the same profile as the pattern I showed you yesterday by Endoman. I put together a small collage of Tied Down Caddis (there’s more of them online now then a few years ago…may I take a very small piece of credit for that) and inserted Endoman’s pattern. I think I need to revisit the Tied Down Caddis in earnest. I would personally now either dub the body fuzzy or wrap less hackle for a less dense profile.

TDC Caddis Col SwittersBNow granted the deer hair backing would trap less air than the Zelon/Antron shell back but maybe the legs and profile are equally or more important than the potential bubble shroud/air trapping pharate of the pupa?

01
Dec
13

Stimulator Dry Fly: Getting A Rise………….

The Stimulator Dry Fly is a great pattern, which was created by Randall Kaufman for Stoneflies on streams. The original pattern was tied with an orange and a yellow body to replicate the Salmon Fly  & Golden Stone. This pattern is not only suitable for Stoneflies but in reduced sizes and different colors, perfect for large bodied Caddis as well (October Caddis & Traveling Sedge).

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Stimulator Dry Fly (Green Bodied)

Look at the following two links for very helpful how-to steps for tying the Stimulator:    

                 In The Riffle Stimulator S-B-S     Hopper Juan Stimulator How To

Now the next step in the learning process, that I always use, is how would I present this fly? That is based not just on what line to use and how to cast it, but most importantly where to cast to. And, that is determined by studying up on where the Stonefly or Caddis flies, that you are copying, reside in the stream, river or lake.

Their habitat, their stages…progression in the life cycle take place in certain types of waters as the stages evolve. So study up on how the stonefly ’emerge’ and when/where they return to the water as well as how the Caddis emerge and return to the waters surface. All that will determine where to cast, even how to cast. 

My pattern, above was sloppy in the tail and has less hackle wraps than you will see in the above how to’s. Do it their way! Mix up the abdomen colors: Orange, Yellow, Black, Green, Tan




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