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The “Dancing Caddis” pattern, a Gary LaFontaine design, appears in his 1981 tome –” CADDISFLIES”, (pages 51-61)

CADDISFLIES GLF

Those pages include an SBS for tying the pattern (* pay particular attention to step # 6).Below is the hook design that Gary La Fontaine settled on for this pattern…

PARTRIDGE K3A SWEDISH DRY FLY HOOK

PARTRIDGE K3A Swedish Dry Fly Hook… The Swedish dry fly hooks were designed in Sweden by Nils Eriksson and Gunnar Johnson who were well known Swedish fly tyers. Partridge first made them in 1979. Good luck to finding them now – in quantity.  So, I used this:

GAMAKSTSU C-16B HOOK

GAMAKATSU C-16B Cripple/ Emerger Hook…

GAMAKATSU C16-B HOOKS

The hooks, in various sizes…

He states, in his book, that the new fly proved very effective with both dead-drift and twitch presentations. It worked as a flush imitation on fish that were feeding selectively on passive female Caddis, and it also worked as well as a high-riding imitation on fish that were feeding on active females.

Am imitation tied on an upside-down hook could be effective for all types of adult Caddisflies, the fly not only resting on the wing edges and body, but also skating on them. Without the hook to interfere, one fly could simulate the important characteristics whether drifting, drag-free or moving.Further tactics for fishing this pattern may be found on pages 128 – 134 in the book. The key to the success of this fly pattern is the twin streaks of light created on the water by the wing edges of this skating pattern (pg. 54). The Gamakatsu C16-B hook is probably the best currently available hook to compliment this design and provide the desired effect of those streaks.

DANCING CADDIS UV2 HYDROPSYCHE

DANCING CADDIS HYDROPSYCHE (Uv2 Tan)…

HOOK: Gmakatsu C16-B, #14 – #18…

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Light Cahill

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Tan

WING: Bleached Coastal Deer Hair

HACKLE: Barred Dark Ginger – Whiting

Mat DANCING CADDIS UV2 TAN

Materials DANCING CADDIS HYDROPSYCHE (Uv2 Tan)…

DANCING CADDIS UV2 TAN GRP 1

DANCING CADDIS HYDROPSYCHE (Uv2 Tan) – #16 & #18…

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HOT CREEK DANCING CADDIS – (Gray)…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C16-B, #16 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Charcoal Gray

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Grey

WING: Medium Dun Deer Hair

HACKLE: Grizzly

Mat DANCING CADDIS GRAY

Materials HOT CREEK DANCING CADDIS -(Gray)…

DANCING CADDIS GRAY GRP 16 & 18

HOT CREEK DANCING CADDIS -(Gray)…#16 & #18…

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Michael on Hot Creek, CA…

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MOO…at Caddis time on the East Walker River…

DANCING CADDIS BRACHY 2

(B.occidentalis)…MOTHER’S DAY DANCING CADDIS…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C-16B, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dubbing, BWO Olive

WING: Coastal All Purpose Deer Hair

HACKLE: Grizzly Dyed Dun

Mat BRACHY DANCING CADDIS

Materials (B.occidentalis)…MOTHER’S DAY DANCING CADDIS…

BRACHY DANCING CADDIS GRP

(B.occidentalis)…MOTHER’S DAY DANCING CADDIS…

DANCING CADDIS GRANNOM

DANCING CADDIS Grannom – 

HOOK: Gamakatsu C16-B, #14 -#18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

ABDOMEN: UV2 Peacock Eye, Natural – Spirit River

WING: Medium Dun Deer Hair, #.37 – Nature’s Spirit

HACKLE: Whiting Hackle, Olive/Grizzly

DANCING CADDIS 2

Yes. it rides hook point UP…

Mat DANCING CADDIS GRANNOM

Materials “DANCING CADDIS” Grannom…

DANCING CADDIS GRANNOM GRP

“DANCING CADDIS” Grannoms…

NEXT: Caddis Continuation

 

PT/TB

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Hot Creek Ranch is situated off Hwy. 395 – East of the Mammoth Lakes Airport. My first visit to the ranch was in Mid September 1976. After returning from my extended trip to Aspen, I had resumed my career in the entertainment industry, joining with two twin brothers to start a new public relations firm on Sunset Blvd. I needed a fly fishing fix.

 

June 2018…

Hot Creek at sunset…

We arrived on early a Thursday morning. Fall was in the air and a fresh frost covered the ground in front of our cabin. Ilse and Nadia came for leisure and horseback riding. I came for the fish.

Dry fly fishing with single barbless hooks is the code on this property. To insure adherence to this rule, a crusty old codger rode a beat up motorcycle with spongy suspension on twice-daily rounds along the trail next to the creek, monitoring every fisherman.

A small store at the ranch sold limited angling supplies and flies that were created for this water. I purchased several small dry fly patterns in sizes 18 & 20. None of my choices were particularly effective. I had tied some skating spider patterns consisting of a tail and two oversized hackles attached to a short shank dry fly hook with the convex sides of the hackles facing each other at mid hook. After giving up on the flies I had bought and increasingly frustrated by the blustery afternoon wind, I tied one of my creations (thanks Ed Hewitt) to the end of a 12 ft. knotless, 5x leader and to that attached a tippet of 18 inches ( grease this puppy!) and one of the flies in a ginger color. I began casting down stream and downwind with my Leonard.

Some Dry Flies I have collected and tied through the years for Hot Creek…

As the leader and fly bounced up and down over the surface of the stream, I positioned myself so that the line, leader and fly lifted and dropped inches from the opposite bank. Within moments, a rocket smashed through the surface film and engulfed the offering. I watched as a hefty Brown raced downstream and cart wheeled in the air. On the strike, the fish had solidly hooked itself. I palmed the reel quickly as my line played out only then realizing that I had set my drag far too lightly. The tippet held and within a minute I brought the struggling eighteen incher to hand on the near bank. I immediately released the fish and prepared myself for what I believed was going to be an epic afternoon.

I would like to report that I caught numerous Trout of gargantuan proportions that day. However, as it played out, I raised an infinitely larger number of fish than I was able to hook. In any case, it was one of the most memorable days of my early fly-fishing experiences.

Another view of the Ranch at Hot Creek…

When the wind is blowing on moving water anywhere, I generally spend some quality time with the spider. …(or Hewitt’s Neversink Skater)

Nadia and Ilse at Hot Creek…

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Nadia with Pop’s Winston Fiberglass, 7’6′, 4WT Rod, Hot Creek Ranch…

Looking down the Creek towards the canyon where the public water is located…

PT/TB

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