I say retro because it takes me back to the old “Lord’s of the Fly” Fly Shop that was located on Wilshire Blvd. in West LA, back in the early 1980’s, and was run by a pair of brothers, one of whom, now manages the Orvis Shop in Pasadena,CA. This Caddis Fly pattern, which I discovered there, has accounted for many selective fish on still and moving waters for me – throughout the West. I have taken many Trout on this pattern on the Madison River and Stillwater River in Montana in the evenings.
First some photos, then the recipe…
Tan Crippled Caddis
Chartreuse Crippled Caddis
Olive Crippled Caddis
Olive Crippled Caddis (top view)
HOOK: TMC 100, Daiichi 1100, #14-#18
THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer, Black, Olive or Tan
TAIL/SHUCK: Marabou (appropriate color) or CLEAR Antron
ABDOMEN: Fly-Rite, extra fine Poly Dubbing
#16 BCS 21 Chartreuse
#3 BCS 30 Olive
#19 BCS 91/95 Tan
RIB: (Optional) Largutan fine gold
UNDERWING: (Optional) 3 strands of pearl Midge Flash, cut short
OUTRIGGER WINGS: Grizzly Tips or Web Wing (appropriate shade) cut to shape
WING: Coastal Deer Hair / Dark Tips
HEAD: Deer Hair, compacted and clipped to bullet shape
This new hook from TMC ( TMC 212Y ) might be an interesting add to this pattern:
Specifically designed for very selective trout like Japanese Yamame. (‘Y’ in the model name stands for Yamame as well as on TMC102Y.) The latest curved shank hook with a very wide gape for dry flies hanging on the surface. Good for floating nymphs, emergers and hanging parachutes.
Dry Fly, D/E, 4XS, 5XW, Forged, Black Nickel.
I fish this pattern dead drift and twitched or swung and twitched with the rod tip. Up at elevation, on Little Virginia Lake, this fly kills in the evening when shadow hits the lake’s surface…
Hmmmm…Michael might be getting ready for the MOTHER’S DAY HATCH…
Thanks for the new HEADER PHOTO son!!!
I will be doing an SBS on this pattern which will appear on another BLOG…the link information may be found HERE: 5.26.2013