Posts Tagged ‘Brachycentridae/Amiocentrus’

Here are some additional Caddis patterns for Fall that are completed…I wanted to fill a box with patterns that imitate the above species. Fortunately, the Myran 18 compartment box I am using has two more empty slots for another two guys that imitate a separate Caddis that I have seen in the Spring and Fall in some places I visit…those two will be in the next post…enjoy !!!

BUG # 1.


HOOK: Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, #16-#20

THREAD: Lagartun, 74 Denier, Olive

SHUCK: Amber Zelon

ABDOMEN: Working Thread

RIB: Opal mirage accent – Wapsi...not the spooled type

UNDER WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Gray

OVER WING: Dun Snowshoe Hare – pulled upwards and clipped at an angle

HEAD: Fine and Dry, Callibaetis

I wanted something to sit in the surface film that floats well and that presents the abdomen and shuck below the surface. The sparkle emerger yarn is added to lend some bling under the Snowshoe Hare. There is another material that I will be testing out for under wings and to be chopped up and added to dubbing…it is on order from Bob Marriott’s and I am waiting for the call…the idea comes from some guy who wears scuba gear in rivers and studies the bugs up close…

BUG # 2.


HOOK: TMC 2488, #16-#18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black or Brown

ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid, Peacock/Pearl

THORAX: UV Ice Dub, Brown

WING BUDS: Brown Partridge

FORE THORAX: Ostrich Herl, Brown

BEAD: Tungsten, Black 5/64 or 1/16

Somebody on FB called this “The TECHNO Fly”. I have been playing around with this material for awhile, figuring it might have applications for Caddis and May Flies. Well, Michael will try anything and I have no doubt that something rather large will affix its’ self to this fly with my son wading into and ploopin’ it in places that are not for the faint of heart…If it is successful, I will be tying some up in tan, for that other prolific Caddis…like in here…

BUG # 3.

R.A.M. CADDIS, OLIVE – (Variant – Wiese)

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16-#20

THREAD: Lagartun, 74 Denier, Olive – for under abdomen… then, Tiemco 16/0, Brown tied in at thorax

OVER ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Flexi Floss

RIB: Wapsi, Copper/Brown, Small

HACKLE: White Hen Saddle Fibers

THORAX: STS Tri-Lobal Dubbing -Hareline- Black

The R.A.M. Caddis has always been one of my favorite patterns for the Eastern Sierras and beyond…this configuration was designed by Walt Wiese…here is the video for tying it…This pattern, in it’s original form has killed for me on the East Walker River… the residents there, never having seen this fly, will be in for a Fall surprise…

BUG # 4,


HOOK: Gamakatsu C15-BV, #18-#20

THREAD: Benecchi Euro Thread 12/0, Tan (and, yes they make it in this size in TAN)

SHUCK: Amber Zelon

RIB: Midge Flash, Pearl

ABDOMEN: Mix Olive Hare’s Ear and Olive Antron

WING: Dark Dun Snowshoe Hare

HEAD: Tan Emerger Dubbing, Nature’s Spirit

Craig Matthew’s X2 Caddis… done a little differently. I like to show trout variations on tested patterns…especially on some of the heavily pressured waters that me and the tribe wander to…

BUG # 5.

REALIST PUPAE- Brachycentrus / Variant …(McGee)…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16-#18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown


ABDOMEN: Insect Green Goose Biot, Nature’s Spirit, tied notch down

RIB: Wapsi wire, Black, X-sm

THORAX: STS Tri-Lobal Dubbing – Hareline- Black

WINGLETS: Thin Skin, Mottled Bustard Natural

HACKLE: Grouse or Brown Partridge

I have been wanting to tie uo some of these puppies since I first saw this pattern in Allen McGee’s book: “Tying and Fishing Soft Hackled Nymphs”. This is a bit different from the recipe in that work. After consultation with my fly tying, GURU bud – Dean Endress– I decided to go with the materials in this pattern…in particular I switched from Swiss Straw to Thin Skin for the winglets. In my experience, swiss straw, for wings, gets mangled fairly quickly. This design, from Allen may also be used for Hydropsyche, Oecetis, Dicosmoecus, Chimarra, Agraylea and Lepidostoma – in the appropriate colors and sizes…His book has a wealth of helpful and interesting information…

BUG # 6.

C.P.E.D…(The NEVER FAIL  – during a CADDIS HATCH)…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, TMC 2487, #16-#20

THREAD: TIEMCO 16/0, Olive

UNDER ABDOMEN: Working Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: 3 strands, Peacock Krystal Flash, twisted

RIB: Green Metallic, Wapsi wire, X-sm

WING: Dun Elk

COLLAR: UV Ice Dub, Brown

BEAD: CYCLOPS, Brown/Olive…sized to hook (Wapsi)

I tie these flies in Amber, Copper, Rusty Brown, Olive, UV Tan, Blue, Red, Gray and Black. I use them during Caddis Hatches. When Michael comes up to me and asks: “What FLY shoud I use, Dad?”…I hand him one of these – while I think about it. They ALWAYS work…

Tie one on !!!


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So… I have been working on a few more Caddis patterns for Fall on the Owens and East Walker River (that are NOT Big and Orange)…here are 10 of 16 that are finished…these are patterns that will be used this Fall mostly on the east Walker River, Hot Creek and The Lower Owens River from late August through October The other six Caddis Patterns will be included in a subsequent posting…I usually carry Caddis patterns that include: Larva, Pupae, Emergers, Cripples, Adult Dries, Diving Caddis, Spent Caddis and drowned Adult Caddis…any of these patterns may be adapted for other Caddis species and there are quite a few…see HERE…These, however, are for this Fall version of the Mother’s day Caddis found throughout the WESTERN U.S….


HOOK: TMC 102Y, #15-#19

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Olive

EGG SAC: Green Zelon, cut short

RIB: One strand of Pearl KF over body, covered with Head Cement or Dave’s Flexament

UNDER WING: Crinkly Dun Zelon

WING: Early season Elk. tied butch style and clipped

BUTCHED MISSING LINK… (Galloup/Mercer)…second view from my bench…

This is a combo of Mike mercer’s Missing Link Caddis and Kelly Galloup’s Butch Caddis …two good ideas combined for me to use here…

Below the dam on the East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA …in the “Miracle Mile” stretch…being aware of the rise form, is the tip off to which pattern to use…THIS helps…

CDC SPENT CADDIS… (Jim Schollmeyer)…

TMC 900 BL, #16-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

EGG SAC: Bright Green Dubbing…I like Spirit River Fine and Dry Chartreuse

BODY: Dark Olive Dubbing…I use Stalcup’s Micro Dry Fly BWO, Olive for Eastern Sierra waters

THORAX: Brown-ish Dubbing

WING: Dark Dun CDC or color to match natural

CDC SPENT CADDIS… (Jim Schollmeyer)… front view

I am not a big fan of CDC. It is often considered a “one fish fly” after being “slimed”…However, the pattern may be fished up or down in the water column to imitate a female diving Caddis. The CDC retains shimmering air bubbles which imitate the bubbles that female Caddis use to draw oxygen in their, up to, 30 minute underwater adventure at the end of the life cycle…

D.A. CADDIS…( Paul Dinice )

TMC 206 BL, #16-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

SHUCK: Amber Zelon

ABDOMEN: 60% Rust Hare’s Ear/40%Rust UV Ice Dub

WING: Early season cow Elk – Natural

COLLAR: Petitjean select CDC, light mallow

Paul Dinice says this is one of his “secret” flies…I have use the UV Rust color, in the Fall, on the Lower Owens…It has taken some very nice Trout for me…I would suggest Olive as well…


HOOK: TMC 2499 SP-BL, #16-#18

THREAD: UNI. 8/0 Camel

EGG SAC: Fine and Dry, Chartreuse

ABDOMEN: 50% Metz Buggy Nymph, Sage/50% Antron , Dark Olive

RIB: Wapsi Ultra wire, Silver, x-sm

UNDER WING: English Grouse

OVER WING: Olive Brown Zelon

HACKLE: India Hen Back, Natural

DIVING CADDIS…Soft Hackle…a desk view under different light…

This was inspired by another tier…it is NOT my pattern…when I figure it out, I will post the designer of this fly. I love soft hackles and tied this one up for Michael to use with a heavier hook and maybe some 4x tippet for his runs through fast water…I enjoy seeing him do this:

My son, Michael…on one of his favorite spots in the East Walker River…


HOOK: TMC 3761, #16-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Brown

UNDER ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier, Chartreuse thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Chartreuse

RIB: UTC Ultra Wire, Black X-sm

WING BUDS: Black Zelon

HEAD: 50% Rust UV Ice Dub/50% Spirit River Squirrel Blend, Rust

MICRO TUBE CADDIS PUPAE…another desk view with the ribbing more apparent…

This is a version of a Jim Schollmeyer Caddis pattern using micro tubing and thread in the color chartreuse…I love this stuff…


TMC 102Y, #15-#19

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Olive Thread

RIB: One strand of Pearl KF coated with head cement or Dave’s Flexament

THORAX: Tan or Brown dubbing

SPENT WING: Dun Zelon, seoarated by thorax


HACKLE: Grizzly Dun, tied conventional ( rather than E/C Caddis style by Ralph Cutter), may be clipped at bottom

A silpler to tie version of Mike Mercer’s pattern tied by Matt Grober over at CADDIS CHRONICLES….he says it works real good…I will be tossing it in here…

Some “old guy” on the East Walker River…


HOOK: TMC 2488, #16-#18

THREAD: Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dry Fly Dubbing BWO- Olive

COLLAR: 6-8 Strands of Pearl KF

HACKLE: Partridge, brown from shoulder

NICK’S SOFT HACKLE (Olive)…Top view from desk…

Nick Nicklas’ tie from Blue Ribbon Flies…I like to use the TMC 2488 and 2488H hook for many of my smaller soft hackle ties…this is a simple and very effective pattern…

PM OP CADDIS…(Dennis Potter/Mike Mercer)…

HOOK: TMC 206 BL, #16-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Amber Sparkle Emerger Yarn

ABDOMEN: (over thread) UTC Opal Tinsel, Med. or Sm.

THORAX: Brown UV Ice Dub or Peacock Ice Dub

SPENT WINGS: Strand of Dun Zelon on either side of thorax

WING: Fine Coastal Deer Hair

PM OP CADDIS…Desk view, under different lighting…

Something borrowed from both excellent tiers…a good pattern for slower water coming off the riffles...


HOOK: Mustad CO68. Daiichi 1120, TMC 2457, #16-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Black or Tiemco 16/0 Black

ABDOMEN: Chartreuse Antro yarn, twisted with one strand each, Pearl KF and Olive KF

THORAX: 50% Spirit River Squirell Blend, Rust/50% Brown UV Ice Dub

WING BUDS: Black Zelon

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook


There is just something about serendipity patterns tied with Krystal Flash…I have been using them for a number of years with great success…here is another for Fall !!!


HOOK: TMC 900BL, #16-#20

THREAD: Black Uni. 8/0 or Tiemco 16/0 Black or Brown

EGG SAC: Bright Green Dubbing (Optional)

BODY: Dark Olive Dubbing or color to matc natural

WING: Dark Dun Snowshoe Hare’s Foot ( I like the feet from HERE)


Another spent Caddis from Jim Schollmeyer which may be used in the surface film and pulled under at the end of the drift…no problem here with “slime”…this rabbit takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’ ….more Caddis using Snowshoe Hare will be in the next six patterns…the above will find usage here:

Michael working Hot Creek while Aimee selects a camera in the background…



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