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Something new from Hareline…to match a free swimming Caddis Larva…

Some critters on the East Walker River, CA…

J:Son Silicone Legs / Back for Caddis Larva…and they are made for Mayflies and Stoneflies too !!!

Appearing here soon…

PT/TB 

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Some Caddis patterns that I have neglected to put up the recipes for…just having too much fun doing things desert – ty with Ally and pounding the water with Michael…

LIME/FLASH-OLIVE CADDIS LARVA…

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68, #10-#14

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Brown

BEAD: Black Tung., sized to hook

UNDER ABDOMEN: Lime Green Flashabou

OVER ABDOMEN: Green Jelly Cord, Spirit River

The Jelly Cord is thick and has minimum stretch…use for larger size hooks…

Fl. PINK X-RAY PUPAE…Side view…

HOOK: TMC 2302, #12-#16, Daiichi 1270 #18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Brown

UNDER ABDOMEN: Wapsi Ultra Thread, 70 Denier, Fl. Pink

OVER ABDOMEN: Clear Glitter D-Rib Med. or Clear Midge Tubing, Med. for #16-#18

OVER BODY: 1/2 Strand Rusty Brown Zelon

RIB: 5X Mono

WINGS: Natural Partridge, V-Notched

THORAX: Brown Ostrich Herl

BEADS: Black (reversed) Tung., Copper Tung.

An updated version of Greg Vinci’s great pattern…

MICRO JELLY CADDIS (Green/Olive – ish)…

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68, # 14-#16

THREAD: Lagartun, 74 Denier, Brown

UNDER ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Two sections of light olive Midge Tubing

THORAX:  Olive Squirrel Blend Dubbing – Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tung., sized to hook

More about this pattern after the Micro Jelly Caddis pattern…

TAN UV CHEWEE SKIN CADDIS LARVAE…

HOOK: THC 2488 #12-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Tan UV Chewee Skin strip…(coat thread with CA glue like ZAP Foam Safe before wrapping)…I learned the HARD WAY…

THORAX: Rusty Brown, Ostrich Herl

SHELL BACK: Brown Scud Back, 1/8″

Leave out the CA glue and “POP” goes the Chewee Skin…

MICRO JELLY CADDIS (Creamy/Tan – ish)…

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiiachi 1120, Mustad, CO68, #14-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Brown

UNDER ABDOMEN:  Wapsi, 70 Denier, Tan

OVER ABDOMEN: 2 sections Clear Midge Tubing

THORAX: Squirrel Blend Dubbing, Hare’s Ear, Spirit River

BEAD: Black Tung, sized to hook

Inspiration for this and the previous Micro Jelly Caddis came fro this excellent “KIWI” fly tier…MARC GRIFFITHS

DEEP PURPLE CADDIS LARVA -1-

DEEP PURPLE…Caddis Larvae

HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68, #10-#14

THREAD: Uni, 6/0, Black

UNDER BODY: Purple Holographic Tinsel

OVER BODY: Clear, Glitter D-Rib, Medium

THORAX: Black Ice Dub

BEAD: Black Tung.

Michael used this pattern as a lead fly on the East Walker River, at dusk, and took some REALLY nice Browns…

NEXT: More Caddis found higher in the water column…

PT/TB  

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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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Here are some patterns that see me through a good Spring and Summer…ENJOY!!!

Larry Kingry Caddis

HOOK: TMC 2487, 2457 or Diiachi 1120, 1130, # 12-18

THREAD: Uni 8/0 Black or Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 black

ABDOMEN: Green FlexiFloss

RIB: Chart FlexiFloss

THORAX: Ostrich, black or Dark brown

A good all-around, down, deep Caddis pattern. Kingry’s other new patterns can be viewed at Royal Gorge Anglers (in my links). His stuff works!

CDC Nymph

HOOK: TMC 5262, # 12-18

THREAD: Uni 8/0 brown or Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 brown for smaller sizes

ABDOMEN: Copper Brown Wapsi wire, appropriate size, cover with 2 coats of Aquaflex or Flexament

COLLAR: Montana Fly Co. strung CDC, Rust

BEAD: Appropriate Gold Brass or Tung

This fly is one of those strange patterns that I tied up when I was bored. I fished it on the Lower Owens in April ’07 and was amazed at the number of large fish, Rainbows and Browns, that hopped on this guy late in the afternoon when the Baetis had quit and the Caddis were not out yet. I got this idea from a fly that I picked up at the Four Corner’s Fly Shop in Bozeman, MT in ’04. It however, have a chart. wire body and black CDC. It was a killer on the Madison! See my links for the Montana Fly Company, they make some great materials and have links to retail shops where they may be purchased.

PMD CDC EMERGER

HOOK: TMC 100, # 14-18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Brown

SHUCK AND BACK: Dun Zelon

ABDOMEN: Pheasant tail fibers

THORAX: Stalcup’s dry PMD dubbing

WING: Dun CDC faethers (2 or 3) depending on hook size

RIB: Wapsi (XSM) or Largutan fine , copper wire

A good soft water emerger pattern. I fish this with a Shop Vac as a dropper.

DELAWARE CADDIS PUPA

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

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

ABDOMEN: Olive Beaver

RIB: Red 3/0 thread

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 uo and give them a shot. The particular way the foam is tied in, gives the fly a distinct, undulating motion the 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…

TIM FOX’S CADDIS POOPAH

HOOK: TMC 2312 # 14-18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 brown or tan

THORAX: Micro Vernille, singed (this is Cin.)

UNDERBODY: Rust Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi XSM, copper wire

THORAX: Rust or Brown ostrich herl

ANTENNAE: Woodduck Fibers ( for extra flash, I sometimes run two strands of Krystal Flash under the WD)

LEGS: Partridge fibers

OK, heresy…most tie with mylar tinsel for the under body. This use of the right color Krystal Flash shakes the pattern up. All tiers sooner or later tweak and experiment with established patterns. That is what makes this whole journey joyful and rewarding. The fish on the East Walker have voiced their approval..these fellows may be tied up in olive, tan, brown, black and light olive.

FALL BAETIS

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Brown, Black or Tan

HOOK: TMC 2488H or 2488 #16-24

SHUCK: Brown Mayfly Zelon

RIB: Wapsi XSM gold wire

ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s PREMO goose biot, tan (not fringed!)

WINGPAD: 6 strands, pearl FIREFLY

THORAX: Arizona Peacock, Pheasant Tail

I got this idea from Craig Matthew’s Micro Madison Baetis. Again, a little tweak of the pattern for Fall Baetis hatches on Eastern Sierra waters. This one has generated some nice fish for Michael and myself in late October, when the frost stays a little longer on the ground here:

Don’t see any crowds here – either, gotta’ love that!!!

“LITTLE BLACKIE” – ZEBRA MIDGE

THREAD: Wapsi Black, 70 denier, tie off- Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Black

HOOK: TMC 2487 or Diiachi 1130, # 18-24

ABDOMEN: Wapsi 70 denier, Black

RIB: Largutan fine copper wire

BEAD: 1/16 copper

SHUCK: 1 strand, pearl micro flash

This is a standard pattern on the East Walker River throughout the year. Midges comprise a preponderance of the biomass in this tail water fishery. “Little Blackie” was the term used by a gentleman I met on the river in May 2006 . He and his partner would go to another pattern then, switch back to this. He smoked cigars and owned a winery in the Central Valley. They caught fish…

SWISS STRAW BAETIS / BWO

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, olive

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18-24

SHUCK: Light olive Zelon

ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s goose biot, BWO (fringed or not)

WINGCASE: Olive Raffia (swiss straw)

THORAX: Stalcup’s BWO dubbing

UNDER WINGCASE: Green Krystal Flash

LEGS: Olive Zelon, crinkled, half strand

This pattern was designed by a young student at Montana State University in Bozeman. It appeared in one of the premier FF Mags. in 2004. IT KILLS!!! He is going to be an accomplished pattern designer…

OWENS WIRE WEASEL

THREAD: Uni 8/0 or Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, brown

HOOK: TMC: 5262 # 12-18

BEAD: appropriate size Gold brass or Tung

ABDOMEN: Wapsi copper brown wire, app. size for hook, 2 coats Aquaflex or Flexament

THORAX: Peacock Herl

HACKLE: Partridge, speckled brown from wing

As the name implies, this is a machine on the Lower “O”. I use this as a lead fly early in the AM before the sun hits the water in Spring and Fall. I had something grab this in a deep hole coming out of a plunge riffle. It was attached to 3x tippet and I was unable to turn or stop the fish. I saw spray and heard my reel screech at whatever it was, bored downstream and into half my backing. It dove into a pile of brush, I ran downstream, the tippet snaped when I pulled on the line with my hand. However, I know where that guy lives…

PMD PUFF EMERGER (ADULT)

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 yellow

HOOK: TMC 100, # 16-18

SHUCK: Brown Mayfly Zelon

ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s PMD (yellow) goose biot

THORAX: Stalcup’s PMD dubbing

WING: CDC oiler puff, lt. dun

Another good soft water ( slow moving) pattern that is effective at the tail of riffles. I also use a glassbead SHOP VAC as a dropper off this fly ( 18 inches of tippet).

$3.00 BRIDGE SERENDIPITY

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

HOOK: TMC 2487 or Diiachi 1130, # 16-20

ABDOMEN: Danville 6/0, # 47 thread

RIB: Wapsi or Largutan fine gold wire

UNDERWING: 3 strands, pearl Krystal Flash

OVERWING: Costal deer hair natural or bleached

BEAD: Gold Brass or Tung, app. size for hook

The SERENENDIPITY! Tweaked with Krystal Flash. May also be tied in Tan, Black, Olive or using Krystal Flash for abdomen – (your call). This fly is the BOMB. The end!

PMD SNOWSHOE EMERGER

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Brown

HOOK: TMC 2487 or Diiachi 1130, # 16 -20

SHUCK: Brown Zelon, 3 pheasanttail fibers

ABDOMEN: Rust pheasant tail fibers

RIB: Wapsi XSM gold wire

THORAX: Stalcup’s PMD dubbing

WINGPAD/WING: Dun Snowshoe hare ( cut close to ankle) pulled over abdomen, held upright after 13 thread wraps and cut to size. Pull hair outwards to fan.

Another great slow water pattern. Good as riffles enter slower flows. I like to use this and it’s BWO counterpart for bank feeders…

NEXT:

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