Posts Tagged ‘Graphic Caddis’

Some that are old, with a new twist for Spring… fellows like these on the East Walker River in Bridgeport, CA:…and something to check out !!!


CADDIS EWR -1-Michael’s “leetle frens”…as usual, recipes as I finish each dozen followed by photos of materials , links and additional information (which may or may not be useful… )

SPRING CADDIS 2013 -1-COMPLETED…Spring 2013, Caddis box…

POP N' MOO EW -1-PT and Michael plotting strategy on the East Walker River…


MAT DNA SP DIP -1-Materials for the DNA SPARKLE DIP…

HOOK:  Daiichi 1120, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Light Cahill, Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Brown – Thorax forward

OVER ABDOMEN: DNA Holo Fusion, Tan then covered with Tan Micro Tubing

WING: White (Clear) Sparkle Emerger Yarn

BEAD: Gold Tungsten, sized to hook

I always tie up one of these simple little patterns to mimic the Amber and Tan Caddis which hatches on the East Walker River, in the Spring. One could also use White Zelon for the wing or Antron yarn or Darlon for a size #18. This DNA material is interesting and has a lot of applications for under wings, wings and tailings. It may be layed flat on the body or by using less, twisted into a rope much like Krystal Flash mixed with Zelon or Antron yarn. When twisting, I like to use these hackle pliers to grab the material:

HACKLE PLIERS -1-DO NOT over twist !!!


GRAPHIC CADDIS -Tan- John Barr …for Hydropsyche…

DANVILLE 6-0 THREAD -1-The Danville Flymaster 6/0 threads I like for these two GRAPHIC CADDIS…#2 and #61…

MAT GRAPHIC CAD TAN OLIVE -1-Materials for the GRAPHIC CADDIS…Olive and Tan…

HOOK: TMC 2499 SPBL, #14 – #18

THREAD: OLIVE version Danville #61, Olive 6/0 –TAN version Danville #2, Cream 6/0  – Under abdomen…Tiemco 16/0 Olive or Brown – Thorax forward Olive and Tan versions

TAG: Silver Holographic Tinsel

ABDOMEN: 6/0 Tying Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Olive or Tan Micro Tubing

THORAX: Natural Gray Ostrich Herl

WINGS/LEGS: Brown Partridge Fibers, V- Notched

This pattern, for me, is one of THE most productive Caddis Pupa I have ever used…there are two basic ways to use the under abdomen threads: Charlie’s Way and John Barr’s Way…One uses white thread… the other, the Danville threads – in colors. I have also experimented with Ultra 70 Denier and Lagartun 74 Denier Threads for the under abdomen…there is also the option of using Prismatic or other markers (or DNA Holo Fusion ) as an under abdomen…play around and see what works best in your area…

GRAPHIC CADDIS JB 2499 -1-GRAPHIC CADDIS – Olive – John Barr…TMC 2499 SPBL, #14 -#18…can never have enough of these in Olive, tan, Gray, Chartreuse and Brown…

OWENS BURN -2-Graphic Caddis and the Serendipity pattern below, are my “Go-To” patterns for the Caddis hatches on the Lower Owens River …

MOO IN SOHO NYC -1-My son Michael…gourmet dining in his new hometown…SOHO, NYC…(Photo: Aimee Brodeur Barker)



HOOK:  Daiichi 1120, TMC 2457, #12 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive or Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive

ABDOMEN: Ice Dub UV Light Olive

WING BUDS: Brown Flexi-Floss

HACKLING: 2-3 CDC, Medium Dun, Fiber Tips – V-Notched

ANTENNAE: 6 strands Nymph Shear, doubled over – Cascade Crest

SHELLBACK: Brown Flexi-Floss

RIB: Metallic Olive Wire, Brassie or Small –  Wapsi

HEAD: 50-50 Mix SLF Spikey Squirrel, Black and SLF Prism, Black

BEAD: Black Tungsten, sized to hook

A Charlie Craven pattern from his book, Charlie’s Fly Box: Signature Flies for Fresh and Salt Water also seen HERE. So I didn’t have that exotic Morpho Fiber from Tiemco, but have a lot of Nymph Shear from Cascade Crest in different colors – I don’t think the Trout will mind….

SNOWY DAY EWR -2-Michael works the water on the East Walker River on a cold, snowy afternoon…

MOTHER'S DNA DIP -1-MOTHER’S DNA DIP – for THAT hatch and – it SLAYS…Matthew’s/Variant


HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #14 – #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Strands of DNA, Holo Fusion, Chartreuse

RIB: Ultra Wire, Black, x-sm

WING: 1 Strand of White Zeloon, cut short -ish

For those who have followed this BLOG for awhile, this will be familiar as a reincarnation of Craig Matthew’s Guide Serendipity. I tie these in many different configurations because they just plain whack a lot of Trout. Some of those variations may be found:





I don’t go anywhere without a bunch of these, easy to tie, critters in my boxes…

CADDIS POP EWR -2-These guys love that “DIP” pattern…



 Materials GILL RIBBED LARVAE Tan/Brown…

HOOK: Daiichi 1250, #12- #16

WEIGHT: 0.10-).15 Lead or Lead SUB., 8-10 wraps, dependent on hook size

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

ABDOMEN: Tan Micro Floss – Cascade Crest

RIB: Dyed Brown Iridescent Peacock Eye Fiber, wrapped around Brown Ice Thread

This is another, just a bit updated version, of an old free-living  Caddis Larvae pattern that has taken a lot of nice Trout for me over the years…it’s nice to bring some of these older patterns back and the fish have not seen them in many generations…


MAT SPARKLE MESS CADDIS -1-Materials SPARKLE MESS PUPA -Olive/Brown* NOT SHOWN – Natural Partridge, Nature’s Spirit…

HOOK: Mustad 3906B, #12 – #16

WEIGHT: 0,10 -0.15 Lead or Lead Sb. , 8-10 wraps, dependent on hook size

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ear, Ice Dub, Olive-Brown

RIB: Insect Green Glitter Rib – Cascade Crest

WING(s): Black Thin Sking, cut short

LEGS: Partridge Fibers, Brown-ish

HACKLING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive,  spun and cut to hook bend or slightly longer

THORAX: SLF Spikey Squirrel dubbing, Brown-Olive

Something fuzzed out and messy to imitate an Emerging Caddis Pupa..I’m playing around with different winging material…Medallion Sheeting will be in the next Emerging Caddis Pupa…


MAT GLO BUBBLE CADDIS PUPA -1-Materials GLO BUBBLE CADDIS PUPA, OLIVE – Mike Mercer/Variant (DNA – UV 2)* NOT SHOWN – Natural Partridge, Nature’s Spirit

HOOK: TMC 3761, #14 – #16

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Olive for underabdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Olive, thorax forward

OVER ABDOMEN: Olive Micro Tubing

BUBBLE SHEATH: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Light Olive

WING(s): Partridge Fibers, Brown

WING CASE: DNA Holo Fusion, Brown

THORAX: UV 2 Peacock Eye Fibers (2) – Spirit River

BEAD: Copper Tungsten, sized to hook

A Mike Mercer Caddis PUPA that has been around for awhile…done a bit differently…

BUBBLE BUTT PUPA VAR -1-BUBBLE BUTT PUPA (Chartreuse) – Doudy/Variant…


Materials for BUBBLE BUTT CADDIS PUPA (Chartreuse)…

HOOK: TMC 2488H, #14 – #18

THREAD: Ultra 70 Denier, Fl. Chartreuse – for Under Abdomen,  Tiemcco 16/0, Olive – to secure bead and Thorax forward

BUTT BEAD: Killer Caddis Midge, Caddis Green, #16 – #18, Small – #14

OVER ABDOMEN: Clear Micro Tubing

WING: Brown Partridge, V- Notched

THORAX: Black Ostrich

This is a Gale Doudy pattern that is an alternative to John Barr’s Graphic Caddis. The SBS is at the link,. I posted this pattern a number of years ago and have finally gotten around to tying it…I think the Trouties in here will like it !


MOO with an AM East Walker Brown…as usual…again…




HOOK: Daiichi 1250. #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: 8-10 wraps .0.15 or 0.10 lead or lead sub. – wire depending on hook size

ABDOMEN: Micro Floss. Lt. Olive, Cascade Crest

RIB: One strand, dyed red peacock herl wrapped around Red Ice Thread

THORAX: Two separate strands dyed red peacock herl, wrapped around Tiemco 16/0 thread for durability

This is an up date on a pattern that I successfully used on a lot of Eastern Sierra waters and in Colorado as well, back in the late 70’s and early 80’s…it comes from this interesting book which was published in 1977 and pre-dates that “other” book by GLF

CADDIS AND THE ANGLER BOOK -1-I will add one or two others from this book, updated of course, before this series of Caddis is completed…

POP EWR CADDIS -1-This guy says, “They WORK !!!”…


Brachycentrus larvae – STICK CADDIS –

MAT BRACHY STICK CADDIS -1-Materials for Brachycentrus larvae – STICK CADDIS …

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, TMC 3761, #14 – #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16,0 Brown

UNDER ABDOMEN/HEAD: Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, Caddis Green

RIB: Ice Thread, Brown

ABDOMEN/BODY: 3 Olive PT Fibers/ 2 natural PT Fibers for size #16…all materials are tied towards the bend of the hook

LEGS: 6-8 Small Strands DNA Holo Fusion, clipped short

This is the ubiquitous “Stick Caddis” found hanging off sticks, vegetation and rocks in Eastern Sierra waters and almost everywhere else. It is the Larvae of the famous Mother’s Day Hatch and there are a gazillion of these guys in the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers. They produce two hatches  on these waters -one in the Spring and a smaller version in the Fall…Tie ’em in #14 – #18 and this portion of the hatch is covered. The Trout will take these case and all !!!

SPRING EWR MOO -1-Michael working some swift riffles on the East Walker River…this place is loaded with Caddis of varying species…90% of the time, the Trout in here are not looking up…fish the pattern deep, bouncing the bottom and a lot more hook-ups will result…

BRACHY SC SH -1-Brachycentrus larvae…”STICK CADDIS” – TUNG SH…

MAT BRACHY SH TUNG SC -1-Materials for Brachycentrus larvae…”STICK CADDIS” – TUNG SH…

HOOK: TMC 5262, # 14 – #18

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

RIB: Ice Thread, Gray

UNDER ABDOMEN: Trouthunter Caddis Green Dubbing

OVER ABDOMEN: Moose Body hair – #16, 4 hairs – wrap GENTLY

HACKLE: Black Starling

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 1 size undersize (ie. 5/64″ for #16)

Another cased Grannom (Mother’s Day Caddis) pattern from Westfly . 

This pattern is meant to be fished dead drift and deep in water like this that holds many different types of cased and free living Caddis…

CADDIS WATER EWR -1-Turbulent, Caddis -y water on the East Walker River in the “Miracle Mile” section…so, I’d use the cased Caddis as my lead fly and a Cream Miracle Midge, Baetis Nymph or a small attractor like a “Pinkie” or Black rainbow Warrior as my dropper in Mid to late May…just one combo I’d try… first…here…

NEXT: “Getting Jiggy with it”...and MORE…EURO TYPE STUFF…


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Every morning, rising at about 5:15 AM, I would stir the critters (Aimee and Michael), have a cup or two of  “jet fuel” Java, put on the warm underclothing, waders, lace up the wading boots, heat up the rig and head out to the River…

Sometimes, it took a while to heat up the rig…

Looking North on Hwy. # 395 at about 6:30 AM…In Bridgeport, CA…

Where one turns left to head down to the East Walker River…that is the East Walker in the foreground, before it flows into the reservoir…

This is the dam on the East Walker…

This section, at the dam, is known as the “Glory Hole”. It holds some of the largest Trout in the river and is frequented by hardware slingers, bait dunkers – who sneak in at night- and those who want to test their angling skills and post photos to leader boards. The hostility level there is commensurate with increased testosterone levels – alcohol is sometimes known to be involved…

Some of the smaller locals found in the East Walker at this time of year…

A resident Brown poses…

PT nymphs in front of, to the sides of and behind a large rock in the meadow section early in the AM…

Here are three more patterns that provided Michael and I with continuous action:


Hook: TMC 2457, Diiachi 1120, TMC 2488, 2488H 0r 2499SP-BL # 14-#18

Thread: White Uni 8/0 for body or Uni 8/0 tan, olive or grey.

Tag: Gold holo tinsel

Overbody: Micro tubing clear, tan, olive or gray

Thorax: Gray , Black or Tan Ostrich Herl

Wing: Mottled Partridge Natural, dyed brown or olive

John Barr and his buddy Charlie Craven tie this fly on TMC 2499 hooks. Whichever hook is chosen, it is important to build a pronounced hump at the hook bend before wrapping the gold holo tinsel tag. Charlies’ Flybox has a great tutorial on this guy. I have noticed that most commercial ties do not use the appropriate thread or micro tubing colors to match Sierra Caddis hatches. Solution, tie ‘yer own. Fish dead drift with weight and let the fly swing in the current. Anticipate a hit and be prepared to use a “slip strike”….

Michael asked me early one morning what he should use… knowing that Caddis of hatch before Baetis and other small Mayflies on this water, I suggested this pattern:

Michael with a nice Brown that took a Tan Graphic Caddis…


HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130 #18-#22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 White/14/0 Black for head

ABDOMEN: White floss or 70 Denier Ultra white thread ,thin, 1 wrap back and forward…

RIB: Wapsi x-sm wire

* I give the head two coats of Hard as Hull

“What’s in the net son ???”….

“Why, it’s a MIRACLE (Midge)….”


HOOK: TMC 2457, Daiichi 1120, Mustad CO68 #18-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Brown

ABDOMEN: Copper Krystal Flash

RIB: Wapsi, x-sm, copper

WING: Light Coastal Deer Hair

BEAD: Copper or Copper Tung, sized to hook

Yup, it’s bent and dinged at the point. The last guy that was on this hook did that…I didn’t land him…

“Hey Dad, I got another one !!!”…


What’s wrong with this picture. I found this beast in some foliage on the far side of the river…Michael found one bush that was decorated like a Christmas Tree with flies. In this case, some dolt did not remove the barb from the hook before casting it…this is barbless flies ONLY water…

Michael releases another nice Trout…

Michael thinks it is funny that PT caught a sucker…

“That’s better Dad…”

“Mo’ Betta’ Dad…on a Buffalo Jump Attractor…”

Dad helps Michael out…

Aimee shoots a Trout…far cry from models in NYC…

Michael, at the gauge, at 7:00Pm, it’s SNOWING…I’M freezing..”Just one MORE cast Dad !!!”…Yeah…Right…

Damn…he did it again !!!…

The EMPTY parking lot at dusk...ALWAYS the LAST to leave the River….





Next: 8 Days on the EASTSIDE (SIERRAS) PT and SON…PART III



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Owens Serendipity

Hook: TMC 5262, #12-18

Thread: Gordon Griffithh’s 14/0, Benichi 12/0, Uni 8/0 – Black

Abdomen: 1/3 hank Brown Zelon, 1/3 hank Olive (DK) Zelon 1 strand Peacock Krystal Flash, 1 strand Rusty Brown Krystal Flash (twist together, wrap forward).

Wing: White Zelon

I was goofing around one day with some old, unused Mustad hooks and came up with this. Like most of the patterns that I design, it works best when I fish it with confidence! I first tried this pattern on the Lower Owens early one Spring morning. I caught a lot of fish and broke many hooks – hence, the TMC 5262 became my standard. Dark water, undercut banks…go for it!

BH Wired Weasel

Hook: TCC 5262, # 12-18

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Uni 8/0 – Black

Abdomen: xsm, sm, brassie chartruse wire, 2 coats Dave’s flexament or Aquaflex

Thorax: Peacock herl or Peacock Ice Dub

Wing/Legs: Olive Dyed Partridge (oversized)

Bead: Gold tung BH Wired WEasel

I wanted a simple, heavy tie for a lead attractor. One cold and rainy day at Lena’s Cabins, I started messing with this guy. Put brown goose biots in for a tail. Didn’t need ’em. It fishes great on the Madison, fished dead drift or on the swing. Michael and I hammered a bunch of nice Browns with it in late July during an Epeorus hatch ( go figure) above $3.00 Bridge. I gave one to Craig Matthews, he told me, ” I caught a fish on it!”

Drowned (Flying) Ant

drowned flying ant Hook: TMC 2487, Diiachi 1130, # 14-18

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 – Black

Abdomen: 3-4 Peacock herls twisted on thread

Thorax: Olive bead, sm

Wing/Legs: Mottled natural Partridge

Bead: Black nickel or tung

I tied some of these up in 2000 and did not run into any Fly Ants until August 2001 on the Madison, when they started flying into my face and mouth. I knotted one of these to my tippet and dead drifted it through “The Spot”. Smashing!!! I’ve also used it on Little Virginia Lake when summer heat updrafts the ants up and out of Virginia Lake Canyon and kerplunks them onto the water’s surface. The Alpers Bow I am holding in one of the photos herein pounced on one of these as I stripped it just under the surface.

Wired Krystal Serendipity

Wired Krystal Serendipitu Hook: TMC 2487, Diiachi 1130 # 16-20

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Brown

Abdomen: Rusty brown Krystal Flash, 3-4 strands, flat or twisted.

Rib: xsm Gold or Copper wire

Wing: Natural or bleached Costal Deer Hair

Bead: Gold or Copper, metal or tung

The Krystal Serendipity is a standard Yellowstone pattern tied with pearl Krystal Flash over black or olive thread. I tweaked it a bit for the East Walker River. I like the effect of rusty brown. Peacock also works well. I use this pattern as a dropper 1/4 ing downstream below riffles and through deep pools. Look for the flash of Mr. Trout and set the hook with a slight lift and strip strike….

Guide Serendipity

Hook: TMC 5262, # 14-18

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Black

Abdomen: Chartruse Zelon. 1/3 hank, twisted over hook

Wing: White Zelon

A REALLY GOOD PATTERN. Simple to tie, effective and particularly useful when Brachycentrus Caddis are about. I also tie this pattern with 6/0 chartruse thread for the abdomen and rib it with xsm blue wire ( 7 turns). It sometimes out fishes the original on the Owens in the Spring and slams in size # 18 in the Fall.

Rainbow Warrior

Hook: TMC 2457, TMC 2487, Diiachi 1120, 1130 #18-22

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Black, Red or Green

Tail: 3 pheasant tail fibers

Abdomen: Black, Red or Green thread ( may be covered with pearl Krystal Flash)

Wingcase: Pearlescent Tinsel or Firefly

Thorax: Wapsi Rainbow, sow scud dubbing

Bead: xsm clear, mercury, silver tung or Black tung

Lance Egan’s winning pattern. A go to for me when small midges and mayflies are on or in the water. Banged ’em at “The Spot” between 6-7:30am on the Madison. Good pattern for The Lower Owens, Hot Creek, East Walker and the East Fork of the Carson River.

TBT (that black thingee’ on ‘yer waders) Please, go here first:

Hook: TMC 2457, Diiachi 1120, # 18-20

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

Abdomen: Black xsm and Red xsm UTC wire , twisted, wrapped over thread base( xsm copper works too!)

Overwing/ bubble: White Zelon

Wings: Black Zelon, kinky, clipped at angle from top

THORAX: Black Ice Dubbing

Bead: Gold, 5/64, 1/16

One June evening, several years ago, I was leaving the East Walker River before sunset for an early dinner. I had fished since sun up. I was tired and hungry. This fellow, just downstream from me , had been talking and trading flies with me most of the afternoon. I called him over as I got out of the water and gave him one of these in size # 18. ” Fish it”, I said , “when the shadows cover the river at dusk”. Early the next morning at 5:30AM, when Angelo ( DOGPAL ) and I arrived at the river in the meadow section, he was waiting for me. This is what he told me. He had tied on this fly just before dark, dead drifted it through a deep run about three feet out from the bank. He thought he had snagged the hook when a huge Brown made a screeching run downstream. It almost spooled him. He raced after the fish, furiously taking up line. Just as he approached the spot where the fish lay deep and sulking, it turned and blew past him, racing upstream. Again, he gave chase. He got a brief glimpse of the fish as it surfaced, then dove into a tangle of submerged stream side branches. He finally snapped his 5x tippet trying to pull it out of it’s lair. He told me that it was the biggest fish that he had EVER hooked on the East Walker. I gave him six more…

My Take – (on JB’s Graphic Caddis)

Hook: TMC 2457, Diiachi 1120, # 14-18

Thread: White Uni 8/0 for body or Uni 8/0 tan, olive or grey.

Tag: Gold holo tinsel

Overbody: micro tubing clear, tan, olive or gray

Thorax: Gray , Black or Tan Ostrich Herl

Wing: Mottled Partridge Natural, dyed brown or olive

John Barr and his buddy Charlie Craven tie this fly on TMC 2488 hooks. Whichever hook is chosen, it is important to build a pronounced hump at the hook bend before wrapping the gold holo tinsel tag. Charlies’ Flybox has a great tutorial on this guy. I have noticed that most commercial ties do not use the appropriate thread or micro tubing colors to match Sierra Caddis hatches. Solution, tie ‘yer own. Fish dead drift with weight and let the fly swing in the current. Anticipate a hit and be prepared to use a “slip strike”….

For me, the TMC 2457 delivers a better profile that the 2x shorter TMC 2488 – they are however wonderful for micro Caddis and I use them for that purpose. Try spanking some Trout with these. When the Caddis are coming off the East Walker or Lower Owens, they do just that!

Pearl Core Caddis Pupae

pearl core caddis pupae

Hook: TMC 2457, Diiachi 1120, # 14-16

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Black, Brown

Abdomen: Midge Pearl Core Braid, Olive, Tan, Black or Grey

Wing: Mottled partridge, Natural, Dyed brown or olive

Thorax: Black, brown or olive Ostrich Herl

Bead: Gold

Another compliment to Canadian designer, Jeremy Davies an innovative tier who had a similar pattern up on his web page several years ago ( no longer available ). I wanted to try it. Experiences on the East Walker River and Lower Owens have proved its’ worth. I also use black or brown kinky Zelon for wings – pulled up and cut at an angle.

Shop Vac

Hook: TMC 2457,2487 or Diiachi 1120, 1130 # 16-20

Thread: Danville # 47, 6/0

Wire: Gold, xsm

Wing: Strand of White Zelon, clipped

Thread at head: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Black

Bead: Tung or Metal, Gold

The original- fish vaccum. I also tweak this simple pattern with 3 strands of midge pearl flash under the wing and I tie it using UTC 70 Olive for the body. Faux Shop Vac here.

Puff May Krystal Emerger

Hook: Diiachi 1130, # 18-22

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Grey

Tail: Light Dun Zelon under 3 grey wood duck fibers

Abdomen: Peacock Herl

Rib: Peacock Krystal Flash

Wing: CDC Puff Dun

Thorax: Arizona Peacock pheasant tail

Another emerger I use during BWO hatches on the Lower “O”. Flashy change up for really overcast days…

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