The X Caddis is a wonderfully simple pattern created by Craig Matthews. This fly is a great option when fishing the onset of a caddis hatch as it is intended to imitate a caddis that has broken free of its shuck with a full wing but still has the remains stuck to its body. If your classic Elk Hair isn’t working just yet this fly is probably the ticket.
The Chernobyl Ant is where it all began. When closed cell foam hit the craft stores so did fly tyers looking for a new material to make large juicy dry flies. From there the development of the Chernobyl bugs has taken off and for good reason. This simple Chernobyl Ant may not look much like a bug to our fishing eyes, but to a subsurface trout it is meaty goodness! This is a great attractor fly all on its own or with a hefty dropper fly.
What can be said for the good old Elk Hair Caddis? Is fishing dry flies your thing? Then I am sure you have a load of Elk Hair Caddis variations in your box.
Whether you are heading to the famous Mothers day hatch on the Arkansas River in Colorado or simply matching any other caddis fly across the nation this pattern will get it done. Continue reading “How to Tie an Egg Laying Caddis: Fly Tying Video”