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The following patterns, for the most part, represent Caddis Larva that I encounter on waters here in California and some other Western locations visited with my crew…The first three are simple larva that were designed by Dave Hughes. They are easy to tie and function for the novice or old FF geezer ( like myself)…Much of Dave’s research on these net spinning caddis, was done on this river that my son Michael is standing in…

Michael on the Boulder River, MT…above McCloud, MT…home of the ROAD KILL CAFE…

Hughes notes that the largest of the net spinners are found in the headwaters of mountain stream and that the species, in general, become smaller as elevation decreases…the smallest in size are found where the boundary for Trout survival ends…He suggests tying these patterns in sizes #8-#18…

Green Net Spinning larva…

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO 68, Dai Riki 135 #8-#18

BEAD: Gold , sized to hook

WEIGHT: 4-6 turns lead or lead sub., wire the diameter of hook shank

THREAD: Brown or Black 6/0 or 8/0

ABDOMEN: Apple Green Antron yarn, twisted ( the BOOKMAILER is the ONLY place to find this Antron yarn)

THORAX: Fox or Pine Squirrel fur , with guard hairs ( I use spiky hare’s ear too)

Tan (or Cream-ish) Net Spinning Larva…

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO 68, Dai Riki 135 #8-#18

BEAD: Gold , sized to hook

WEIGHT: 4-6 turns lead or lead sub., wire the diameter of hook shank

THREAD: Brown or Black 6/0 or 8/0

ABDOMEN: Tan or Cream-ish Antron Yarn, twisted

THORAX: Fox or Pine Squirrel fur , with guard hairs ( I use spiky hare’s ear too)


Olive Net Spinner…

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO 68, Dai Riki 135 #8-#18

BEAD: Gold , sized to hook

WEIGHT: 4-6 turns lead or lead sub., wire the diameter of hook shank

THREAD: Brown or Black 6/0 or 8/0

ABDOMEN: Olive Antron Yarn, twisted

THORAX: Fox or Pine Squirrel fur , with guard hairs ( I use spiky hare’s ear too)

Ally, below Raynold’s Pass Bridge, on the Madison River, MT...”Which Caddis pattern do I use. DAD ???”


DELAWARE CADDIS…

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 green, brown or UNI 8/0 olive dun

HOOK: TMC 2457 or DIIACHI 1120, # 16 – 18

ABDOMEN: Olive Beaver or Tan Beaver

RIB: Red 3/0 thread, Brown 3/0 for Tan

WINGPAD: White closed cell foam

I read about the success of this fly on the Delaware River in FF Mag. several years ago. I decided to tie some up and give them a shot. The particular way the foam is tied in, gives the fly a distinct, undulating motion that triggers Trout ( and probably fishermen too). I can assure this fly works. I have used it on both the Lower “O” and the East Walker with outstanding results…I first posted this pattern in July 2008, since then, I have tied them up in Tan as well, using Brown thread for the ribbing…they work…

Chewee Skin Green McKenzie Soft Hackle…

HOOK: TMC 3761, Daiichi 1560, # 8- #16

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra, Black 140 or 70 denier

BODY: UV Caddis Green Chewee Skin

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Black

HACKLE: Natural Brown Partridge

This pattern come out of the Caddis Fly Shop in Eugene, OR. I have visited here a number of times on visits to Eugene. It was developed for the large Caddis that hatch on the McKenzie River in spring . I have scaled it down a bit for Eastern Sierra waters. The material, UV Chewee Skin, takes some getting used to. Stretch the cut off section gently and cut on an angle before tying it in on the hook. Use flattened thread and Softex, Aquaflex or Epoxy with this material…it melts with most head cements…It is squishy, slips somewhat but makes a really nice soft body…I shall hence refer to it as the TROUT GUMMI material !!!

An instructional video for tying the pattern may be found on the CADDIS FLY BLOG HERE:

UV CADDIS GREEN CHEWEE PUPA…

HOOK: TMC 2488H, #12-#16

THREAD: Wapsi, Ultra, Olive 70 denier…use up to thorax

RIB: Wapsi, Ultra, Black, 6″ section

ABDOMEN: UV Chewee Skin, Caddis Green

THORAX: Natural Gray Ostrich Herl, use Ultra 70 denier to tie off and for rest of tie

WINGS/LEGS: Natural Brown Partridge

I wanted a pupa pattern with this Chewee Skin material…this design is based on John Barr’s Graphic Caddis, with a distinct hump of thread at the rear of the abdomen tapering to the thorax…Ostrich herl and partridge brings subtle motion to the fly…

My favorite CADDIS water on the Madison River, MT…

BUCKY’S UV CHEWEE SKIN CADDIS LARVA…side view

The stuff…sans a gold brass or tung bead…

BUCKY’S UV CHEWEE SKIN CADDIS LARVA…tilted view…

HOOK: TMC 3761 or Daiichi 1560, #12-#16

THREAD: Waspsi, Ultra, 70 denier, Olive or Uni 8/0 Light Olive…FLATTENED

WEIGHT: Lead or lead sub. if using a brass bead

SHELLBACK: UV Chewee Skin, Caddis Green, pull gently over abdomen and bead

ABDOMEN: UV Ice Dub, Light Olive

BEAD: Black Brass or Tung

Another one of the “machines” out of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone…Bucky says it may be used as a scud too…the video for tying this pattern is here:

A young Michael works a R.A.M CADDIS under the willows on the East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA…before the evening hatch…

FLOCHART CADDIS LARVA…

HOOK: TMC 2488H, #12-#16

THREAD: For Abdomen, Wapsi Fl. Chartreuse, 70 denier…taper body (fat to thin)

TAG: Sm. Holographic Tinsel, Silver

OVER ABDOMEN: Glitter D RIB Medium or Small

THORAX: Switch to Wapsi Ultra, 70 denier Black, tie in Black Ostrich herl

OVER THORAX: Brown Scud Back 1/8″…tie in before herl

A little something to imitate the ever present Rhyacophila…my research associates (below) will report on the effectiveness of the pattern…

Ally and Michael… before the evening Caddisfest on the Madison River at $3.00 Bridge…

AMBER CADDIS LARVA…

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68, Dai Riki 135, #12-#18

THREAD: Lagartun, 74 denier, for abdomen, build up rear

TAG: Gold Holographic Tinsel Medium or Small

OVER ABDOMEN: Small or Medium Glitter D Rib, Amber

THORAX: First tie in Gordon Griffith 14/0 or uni 8/0, Black, dub with Fox Squirrel

BEAD: Black brass (4-6 wraps of lead or lead sub.) or Black Tung

Something in Amber with pronounced ribbing for instances when Amber Hydropsyche are encountered…like here, where Ally is sittng…

Ally…telling her Dad that all the rocks in there have a copper-brown cast…Amber thingees work well in this RIVER…The Stillwater…

Caddis Pupa and Emergers that will be featured soon…

LaFontaine Deep Sparkle Pupa and Sparkle Emergers that are tied “old school” which will also show up with formulas for the bodies and veils…

But first, me and Ally have an appointment to go up here and explore some other activities…

…to be continued…

PT/TB

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My Daughter Nadia came across these photographs ( and a lot more) that I did not know I had. These are a mixed bunch of our visits to Montana through the years…I LOVE that state…

The Fly Fisherman Statue in Ennis, MT…

The Channels Section of the Madison River at sunset…Ally’s apparition appears in the BG…maybe it’s a BIG TROUT?…

Where one does not want to tread if they are fishing below Varney Bridge on the Madison…stay below the high water mark…

Michael trudges along the road on the Upper Boulder River, MT…

Lots of nice Trout in here…Channels Section, Madison River, MT…

Ranch along the road near Nye, MT and the Stillwater River…

Another nice stretch of water among the islands in the channels section of the Madison River, Valley Gardens…Near Ennis, MT…

Michael working to the bank on the Stillwater River, MT…

Outdoor dining at Montana Hanna’s, between Fishtail and Nye, MT….yummy…

Ally, bankin’ it on the Madison River, channels section…

Ally, on a hot and humid day on The Madison River, MT…

There be some big TROUT, just around the bend!!!…

Ally, fixin’ a rod wrap…on the Madison River…

Michael with a nice Trout below Varney Bridge…

Michael working a seam in the channels section of the Madison River, MT…

Michael changes patterns with a let up in the wind…

Looking down towards Ennis, MT…that is a FIRE starting in the Gallatins to the right hand side of the photo…Ally and I drove down fro Gardiner to Livingston two days later at night…the fire had become HUGE…

Up at $3.00 Bridge on the Madison…”The River is right over there!”…

Ally and Michael “pow-wow” on the Madison…planning the evening’s strategy…

Next: Some mo’ OWENS VALLEY

PT/TB

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I know, given the bulk of my previously posted patterns, one might think that I never place fur, feathers, thread and hair in the surface film…Well, there have been moments when the screeching of my Rug Rats (now Rug Roos) to see a Trout bust it’s head or fly outta’ the drink – drove me to attach one of these to their tippets to halt the seemingly endless cacophony…

Here are some guys that have stood the test of time and produced desired results:

Rat Faced McDougal

HOOK: TMC 100 or Daiichi 1100, #14-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Sheer Black (gel spun for the deer hair)

TAIL: Yellow Marabou

BODY: Spun and clipped deer hair

WINGS: Grizzly hen hackle tips

HACKLE: Brown and Grizzly mixed

I found this Fly at Chuck Fothergill’s shop in Aspen, CO when I first started fly fishing. It provided many pleasurable experiences on The Roaring Fork River when Caddis were about…In fact this girl is using one of these right here:

JMH on the Roaring Fork…(nice form)

Ausable Wulff

HOOK: Dry Fly 2x-long, I use the TMC 5262, #12-#18

THREAD: Fluorescent orange 6/0 – 8/0

TAIL: Woodchuck tail

BODY: Australian Possum, dyed rusty orange ( I like to mix in some Hendrickson pink fine and dry)

WING: White calf tail

HACKLE: Brown and Grizzly, mixed

This is a great old stand-by. I like tis pattern and the H & L Variant during PMD hatches on the Stillwater River in Montana…this Rainbow hopped on this fly up there:

Rainbow on the Stillwater River, MT…

Royal Trude Cripple

HOOK: Dry Fly 2x-long, TMC 5262, #12-#18

THREAD: Uni 6/0-8/0 Black

TAIL: Dun McFlyon

BUTT: Red dubbing

BACKWING: Elk Hair

BODY: AZ Peacock mixed with AZ Simi Seal, Black

OVERWING: White Snowshoe hair, from the heel area

HACKLE: Brown, palmered from butt of back wing to head

This is my “banker” fly pattern…when stonefly nymphs are moving t5owards riverbank shores to hatch. Makes a good Skwala imitation. I treat it with Hydrophobe and it floats like a cork…“SMACK “– up from the undercut bank…

Kings River Caddis

HOOK: TMC 100, #12-#18

THREAD: Danville 6/0 Brown

BODY: Dark Hare’s Ear

WING: Cinnamon Turkey tip ( coated with flexament)

HACKLE: Brown

The classic slow water Caddis pattern, developed here in California for the King’s River which flows out of the Western Sierra Nevada…It works in this place too:

Michael, coming up through a long, slick pool on the Boulder River, MT…

H & L Variant

This was “Ike’s” favorite Fly. It is a classic that has caught Trout for me and the “EVIL SPAWN“on a multitude of Western flowing waters. It is tied here in sequence by Skip Morris

Michael ties on an H & L Variant on the Stillwater River, MT…

Sierra Brite Dot

This is THE High Sierra stream and beaver pond “BOMB”…It slays Brookies.There is a place, about an hour’s drive North, from Bridgeport, CA, behind two locked gates that has a stream that looks like this:

About a four mile hike – upstream, one comes to a place that looks like this:

BROOKIE HEAVEN…at 9500’…

Chris Broomell shows how to tie the Sierra Brite Dot

Royal Wulff Lime

A variation on the Royal Wulff… a good change up when the other one ain’t workin’…some epic days on the Madison with this…Harry Mason, from Troutflies.com ties it… in RED…


Sparkle Para Adams (Caddis Variant)

HOOK: TMC 100 or Daiichi 100, #14-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

BODY: Fine and Dry Adams

UNDERWING: 3 strands of Pearl Krystal Flash under Dun Zelon

OVERWING: Coastal Deer hair, natural with black tips

POST: 12 – 20 strands of Pearl Krystal Flash, cut post length

HACKLE: Dun or Grizzly Dun tied parachute style

Flashy and easy to see before the water on the water gets “greasy”…Under the willows on the East Walker…

Spotlight Caddis (Amber)

HOOK: TMC 2487or Daiichi 1130, # 12- #18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer – to match body color

TAIL: 3 strands of Pearl Krystal Flash with Cream or Amber Zelon

WING / POST: White Calf Body

ABDOMEN: Vernille – Olive, Tan or Amber

RIB: Pearl Krystal Flash

WING: Dun Zelon

THORAX: Spectrablend, a shade darker than body color or Antron dubbing

LEGS: V- notched Partridge fibers

HACKLE: Brown, Olive or Grizzly Dun

An excellent Caddis Emerger…Works wonders around here in the evening,,,

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THIS is $3.00 Bridge… Madison River…

Open rebellion averted on the Boulder River, MT…

NEXT:

PMD’s…Nymphs, Wets, Emergers…

PT/TB


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From the time Ally was a very little girl, she went (FLY) fishing with her Dad. Here are just a few of the places we have been….

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Ally at 5 , East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA..4th of July, 1994…

Ally’s first BIG fish, Trumbull Lake, 1995 (Yeah-POWER BAIT) …

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How to clean Trout, Lone Pine, Sandtrap, 1993…Ally, Michael and PT…

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Ally, Lake Sabrina, Bishop, CA, 1995…

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Ally and Michael. Lower Twin Lake, Bridgeport, CA 1993 …

Ally on the Stillwater River, MT near Buffalo Jump, 1998…

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Ally with attack “Brookie”, Nye, Montana, Private Lake, August, 1998… ( a lot more will be coming about this trip)… *RIGHT HERE* 7.6.10

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Ally, on her “custom” lounge rock, Boulder River, Montana, July, 2001…

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Ally in the channels section of The Madison River, MT…Summer, 2001…

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Ally, Doggin’ Michael, Madison River, 2001

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Ally on another “custom” seat, Madison River, MT above Ennis, Summer 2001…

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Ally – just another rock in the water, Stillwater River, Montana, Summer, 2001…

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Ally, on one of those “Smoky Montana Days”, Stillwater River, MT near Buffalo Jump, Summer, 2001….

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Ally, hangin’ in the saloon at Montana Hanna’s, Nye, Montana, Summer, 2001…

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Ally, in front of Jack Dennis’ Fly Shop, Jackson Hole, WY (The “Drive From Hell Day”), Summer, 2001…

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Ally, almost ready for fishing, Sportsman’s Inn, Ennis, MT, 2001…

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Ally, Rockin’, Madison River,MT, above $3.00 Bridge, Summer, 2001…

Ally, at the Sandtrap, Shepherds Creek, Lone Pine, CA, 2000…

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Ally – standing in a Spring Seep, $3.00 Bridge, Madison River, MT, 2001, Summer…

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Ally, ready for dinner at Montana Hanna’s, Lena’s Cabins, Absarokee, MT, Summer, 2001…

Ally, In Bear Trap Canyon, Madison River, below Ennis Lake, 2001…

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Ally on The Stillwater, 2001…

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Ally, preparing to kick Dad’s butt in pool, Montana Hanna’s, Nye, MT, Summer, 2001…

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Ally – holding head while Michael Fly Fishes, Madison River, Summer, 2004…

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Ally, waiting for the rain, Stillwater River, MT, 2001….

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Ally, on the road, between Absarokee, and Red Lodge, MT, Summer, 2004…

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Ally and Michael at The Continental Divide in Ennis,MT -Eating ” their favorite” (CREAM BRULEE)…Summer, 2004…

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE -1-Yes…the food is the best in Montana…

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Ally, Owens River, Wild Trout Section, 2000…

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Ally, in the back yard at Montana Hanna’s, at sunset, Nye, MT …Summer 2004…

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Ally, stirring up the bugs, Madison River, 2001…

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Ally, I PODing it , Boulder River, MT…Summer, 2004…

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Ally and Michael getting ready to feast, Pollard Hotel, Red Lodge, MT…Summer, 2004,,,

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A nice Brown Trout from The Owens River, 2002…

One of my favorite pictures of Ally, Madison River just above $3.00 Bridge, 2001…(click to enlarge)

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THIS is $3.00 Bridge… Summer 2004…

One of the “other” pastimes that Ally is really good at…

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Sunset on The Madison, $3.00 Bridge, 2001…

More to come…

PT/TB

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