For me thinking about what I was going to use to tie a fly to imitate the cased caddis was fairly daunting. A bug that covers itself in natural materials like rocks and sticks from the bottom of the river creating a natural camo seemed very difficult to imitate most of the time using dubbing. That is until I was turned on to this pattern. The look created by burning the root beer cactus chenille is perfect! You can burn the material slightly more or less to get some different colors/shades to match your specific river bottom. This is a great point fly when nymph fishing.
Created by Ralph Cutter this is a great option when fish get tired of seeing the good old standby Elk Hair Caddis. Properly named (EC for emergent/cripple) this fly is intended to imitate a caddis that is struggling to break the surface film on the water during its emergence. The propped up elk hair wing with hackle wrapped around it in a post method gives a really unique and life like look. This method also allows the elk hair and hackle to ride above the surface film while the main body of the fly can slip beneath. Making it a perfect imitation for when the caddis emergence is just breaking out of the water.
Need a caddis fly that floats nice and high? Look no further than the Goddard Caddis. This dry fly floats like a cork! Created by two English fly tiers and fishers John Goddard and Clive Henry in the early ’60’s this fly is a must have in. With a full body of spun / flared elk hair it is a great pattern to throw in faster moving water or if you need to give some twitchy action to encourage strikes but don’t want to continually sink/cure your fly. I like to fish it solo or along with a smaller trailing dry fly behind it.
With Euro/Tight Line nymphing being all the rage why not take a classic fly like the Copper John and trick it out a little with a jigged hook and some weight. To me it only makes sense and makes for an awesome fly. Adding some lead or lead free wire helps an already heavy fly get into the zone fast! With a little added flair of the MFC barred rubber legs this fly is deadly.
This fly is just that, simple. Utilizing just a couple of different materials this fly is very easy to tie but doesn’t compromise fish catching ability. Great in the morning or evening when caddis are really moving and shaking. Fish it with a little weight or tandem with a weighted fly to get it in the zone.
John Barr has done it again. This Caddis Pupa / Emerger is an awesome looking fly for both fly fishers and fish. It’s tied in a couple of color variations, but the one we featured here is a bright green with a silver hot spot that is sure to attract fish. This is a wonderful pattern during the late spring and summer months when caddis activity is at its peak. Fish it as a dropper, on the swing, or in an indicator nymph rig to get hooked up!
With a name like Holy Grail Caddis this fly out the gates better work right? Does it ever!! Utilizing go to natural materials, Partridge, Pheasant tail and Hare’s ear and offering just enough flash with the tinsel ribbing this fly has it all. I love fishing this fly in the summer months as a dropper below a large Elk Hair Caddis, Puterbaugh’s Caddis or any other buoyant caddis dry fly. It works great when the you have an early caddis emergence with the majority of the bugs making their way up the water column or stuck under the surface tension of the water. This a must have summer fly in my box