Posts Tagged ‘Diving Caddis


Fly Tying: Wets tumbled and swung

2 Wire Bead Head Wet (SwittersB)

The wet fly/flymph patterns, less the bead are probably my most enjoyable stream pattern to fish. Second to that is to incorporate a bead into the pattern to fish a bit deeper. I just have so much success with this type of pattern on streams and rivers, I am somewhat overly preoccupied with them. The bead heads are less successful, for me, on lakes unless fishing a diving Caddis pattern. Wets, Flymphs and Bead Head Patterns are suggestive of Caddis and Mayfly activity. Trailing shucks and sparse tails added to the fly at the bend/rear of shank help sell the Mayfly. Take those components away and the Caddis is left as an option. 

Tumbled and then swung, they are an easy to tie pattern for the beginning fly tier. Partridge, Starling or Hen Hackle lend themselves to suggestive wings if sparsely tied. Keep the body (abdomen) lean regardless of the material for a Mayfly and a little fuller for a Caddis. A small, built up thorax of dubbing helps keep the wound hackle from totally collapsing back over the shank. I am not convinced the metal bead needs to be any particular color, but I tend toward the more traditional colors of gold, brass, black and more recently rootbeer. Some tiers advocate for the hot colored bead.

Now is the time to tie for the next trout season, unless you are fortunate to have open waters to fish. 

A simple wet fly (starling & herl) without a bead head.


Fly Tying: Rotary Vise & Shannon’s Long Kong Kaddis

This is interesting an Caddis pattern. What is instructive, for the beginning fly tier, is the use of the rotary vise (benefits vs. wrapping on fixed vise) and the materials used to create the Long Kong Kaddis (Hook Fly Fishing Site). 

Shannon's Long Kong Kaddis (Hook Fly Fishing)


Fly Fishing: Rising or Diving Caddis

LaFontaine Sparkle Pupa (SwittersB)

Caddis patterns are fun to fish because the take is often aggressive. Whether you are swinging a pupa pattern along bottom or swinging it up toward the surface, the takes are solid. Fish often leap out of the water on lakes in pursuit of emerging (escaping) Caddis. But, another consideration is female Caddis returning to the surface and diving down to lay eggs. This diving (sinking) presentation is less often considered, but has been successful for me on lakes. I have  seen feeding activity and mistaken it for feeding upon emerging adults. Rising or Diving, the Pupa like patterns are a good offering. Even a dry (Elk Hair Caddis/Hairwing patterns) pulled under can serve in a pinch with a bit of shot (if allowed) a foot or so above the fly, or with a sinking line, or a heavier bead head nymph above the Caddis pattern. Many of the Caddis Pupa/Bead Head Pupa patterns, one sees these days, will suffice for this presentation. Check Google Images (or Scroogle Images-less selection-if you are a rebel) for patterns and see the variety of tying options. Bright greens are attractive, as depicted here, but earth tones are always a good bet.

Bead Head Pupa (SwittersB)


Bead Head Pupa (Simple Stream Pattern)


Planet Trout reminded me that ‘simple’ is not simple unless a few additional details are offered: black or nickle bead, pupa hook, black sparkle dubbing and pearl core braid (light green or rootbeer) burned and crimped at rear.


Caddis Pupa (Simple To Tie…seriously simple)

Caddis Pupa, Tan~SwittersB

Caddis Pupa, Tan~SwittersB

Caddis Pupa, Green~SwittersB

Caddis Pupa, Green~SwittersB

So many patterns, so many options. I know. I like this pattern and The Harriet (I posted it last Summer here). How simple is this pattern? Put on the bead of choice on a curved pupa hook. Tie in braid and melt end so it doesn’t unravel and dub over tie in point for thorax. Done…Diving Caddis, Caddis Emerger…simple to tie. If you want less diving, use a glass bead. Mix up your dubbing. Above on tan pupa, I used the same dubbing I used for the early posted (today) Caddis/Dragon Pupa. On the green pupa I used a mix of fur, Ice Dub and some cut up tinsel, which I blended together and can use when I want a scraggly dubbing with some flash.  Whatever, mix it up, throw in a hackle collar if you must..but you don’t need to.  Those busy, busy little dubbing fibers will be pulsing and waving all over the place. 


Caddis Pattern (The Harriet Diving Caddis for Stillwaters)

Harriet Diving Caddis~GMuncy 2008

Harriet Diving Caddis~GMuncy 2008

Hook: Size 14, Pupa Hook

Bead: Gold

Thread: Black silk (any 8/0 will do)

Dubbing: Tri-lobal dubbing brush from Siman Ltd, Czech. 

Wing: Araucana Rooster Hackle fibers

Wound Hackle: Starling feather

Harriet Diving Caddis-GM

Harriet Diving Caddis-GM



Harriet, Sweet Harriet (Diving Caddis)

This past several weeks, I tried to identify the Caddis I had previously seen on a Central Oregon lake. I received specific information of Family/Genus: Leptoceridae/Oecitis and Phryganeidae/Banksiola. And, I also received Pattern information. In the end, I have opted for the patterns and being probably one that has to tie something, I ted up the Harriet here. I will carry the EHC, Stimulator, Mikalak, Humpy, Chan’s Caddis, Beaded Poopah and my little brown bead head pupa I tied a gazillion of several years ago. But, the Harriet will be my Diving Caddis fly for those moments that a dry is not the ticket and the fish are rising in such a way as to point away from a hatch. I will cast this out and let it sink, twitching it downward and then upward. Not as a hatch but as a female divining and then rising back. I didn’t include an egg sac on the posterior…spose I could later.

Tied on a pupa hook, size 12, silver tungsten bead head, black thread, dubbing brush laying around from Czech Nymph use, so tied it in and extended a portion rearward, then wrapped forward and created darker thorax. Tied in Hen/Rooster (Harriet/Harry) hackle fibers over the top of thorax and abdomen (like an old leadwing & peacock wet) then wound a turn or two of dark hackle and whip finished the head. Basic pupa, but I am reversing my thoughts here to top downward and not just initially bottom up as in a hatch. Click on photo’s to enlarge for great views. Why the Harriet/Harry? Well, as chicks grow up, things aren’t always as they first appear. “Cock-a-doodle-doo”

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