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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…

HC DANCING CADDIS GRAY1

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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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….

BUTCHED MISSING LINK… (Galloup/Mercer)

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)…


HOOK:
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 )


HOOK:
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…

DIVING CADDIS…Soft Hackle…

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…

MICRO TUBE CADDIS PUPAE…

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…


MISSING LINK VARIANT…(Matt Grobert)


HOOK:
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

UPRIGHT WING: Elk hair

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

MISSING LINK VARIANT…desk view…
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…

NICK’S SOFT HACKLE (Olive)…

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...


SEREN CADDIS PUPAE…

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

SEREN CADDIS PUPAE…Desk view…

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 !!!

SNOWSHOE HARE SPENT CADDIS…(Jim Schollmeyer)

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)

SNOWSHOE HARE SPENT CADDIS…Desk view…

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…

MORE INFO WHILE WAITING…

PT/TB

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Whipping up some additional small May Fly ties for the Eastern Sierras that Michael can plop in a few familiar places…This pattern is specifically designed for the following water that holds a good population of these tiny critters that hatch in late May and early June. I first came across these when I was fishing with my Dad in 1977…Well, I was Fly Fishing he was looking at me between the raindrops and snow flurries…

Michael at the “CREEK”, when he was a little squirt…

MIKE’s LIL’ YELLOW TUNG MAY…

HOOK: Mustad c49s, Daiiachi 1130, TMC 2487, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lmon Wood Duck fibers

RIB: Lagartun, Gold, x-Fine

ABDOMEN: Yellow Pheasant Tail fibers

WING CASE: 8-10 strands, Spirit River, Holographic Mylar Motion, 1/64″, Black

THORAX: Peacock Ice Dub

LEGS: Patridge

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 1/16

This, fished under a a #16, Royal Wulff Cripple makes a very interesting combination….it also works well alone…the crappier the weather, ALL the better…

Another view of MIKE’s LIL’ YELLOW TUNG MAY

I gotta’ get back to finishing those CADDIS

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I was checking through my fly boxes and discovered a few patterns that are in very short supply…these were guys that have worked for me in late May and early June up in the central pat of the High Sierras, on the Eastern Slope. Rumor has it that my son may be coming down from San Francisco with Aimee and that all of us, including Ally will be HQing it somewhere near Bridgeport, CA around that time…

Here are a few things that will be absolutely necessary for this excursion ( I will drop in MORE, as they are completed)…

BRIDGEPORT,CA

Michael, on the West Walker River…

SIMPLY RED…(And, PURPLE)…

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18
THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black
BEAD: 5/64 Black Nickel, (4 wraps 0.10 lead)…or Tung
ABDOMEN: Red Krystal Flash
RIB: Wapsi, Silver, xsm
THORAX: Spirit River Iridsescent dyed peacock eye, Purple

This is a variation of Craig Matthew’s ” Bloody Midge”, out of his BRF Shop, using a new product for the thorax from Spirit River…

The “GIANT” town of Bridgeport…the red building is Ken’s Sporting Goods which is Fly Fishing oriented and owned by my friend, Jim Reid…

BLACK/SILVER ZEBRA HOT SPOT MIDGE…

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, Mustad c49s, #18-#22

BEAD: Silver or Copper, sized to hook, Brass with 4 turns of .010 lead or sub. or Tung

ABDOMEN: Wapsi 70 Denier, Black or Tiemco 16/0 Black ( I love this thread!!!)

RIB: Wapsi, Silver or Copper, xsm

SHUCK: Pearl Midge Flash or, in this case, Cascade Crest, Midge Rainbow Flash

HOT SPOT: Wapsi Ultra Thread 70 Denier, Fl. Red or FL. Orange…coated with Hard as Hull

A variation on the standard Zebra Midge used with great effectiveness on the East Walker River for a very long time…some regulars there refer to the standard pattern as “Little Blackie”…it has taken many good sized Browns and Rainbow in this river…


CREAM/TAN-ish MIDGE PUPA…

HOOK: TMC 2487, Daiiachi 1130, Mustad c49s, #18-#22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 Black or Brown

ABDOMEN: Wapsi Ultra, 70 Denier, Cream

RIB: Wapsi, Silver, xsm

WING: Hareline Sparkle Organza, Brilliant White

THORAX: Spirit River Iridsescent dyed peacock eye, Brown

BEAD: Wapsi, Killer Caddis, Diamond, 15/0

I updated what was left in one of my Midge boxes with this cream version using Organza for the wing instead of Zelon, the new Spirit River Peacock instead of Tan Ice Dub and a Diamond bead rather than a Glass Mercury bead. The bio-mass of the East Walker includes a huge selection of Midges in various colors…for me, Black, Cream , Red, Olive, Pearl, White and Blue have been most effectiveon occasion, a Midge will be the only pattern the “Big Boys” want…and that, can be a REAL challenge…

OLIVE KF OWENS SERENDIPITY…

HOOK: TMC 2302, 5262, Daiichi 1760, #12-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra, 70 Denier, Black or Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer for smaller sized hooks

ABDOMEN: Light Olive Zelon, 1 strand of Olive Krystal Flash, 1 strand Rusty Brown Krystal Flash – TWISTED – with rubber grip Hackle pliers

WING: White Zelon

I started playing around with this variation of Craig Matthew’s Guide Serendipity a number of years ago using old Mustad 9272 hooks I had laying around from the 70’s…a lot of them snapped in my vice and broke while fishing…when these puppies started nailing Trout for me in most of the Eastern Sierra waters I fish, I switched over to the TMC and Daiichi hooks. I am working on a new variation, in size #16, which will employ Amber Zelon, Pearl and Rusty Brown KF and maybe some double beads on the TMC 2302 hook…I’ll let ‘ya know how it works..( I believe that this pattern is being taken as a Caddis by the Trouties)…

BROWN/OLIVE KF OWENS SERENDIPITY…

HOOK: TMC 2302, 5262, Daiichi 1760, #12-#18

THREAD: Wapsi Ultra, 70 Denier, Black or Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer for smaller sized hooks

ABDOMEN: Equal strands of Olive and Rusty Brown Zelon, 1 Strand Olive Krystal Flash, 1 strand Rusty Brown or Black Krystal Flash…again TWISTED

WING: White Zelon
Play around with color variations for what might work in different locations. These are easy to tie and they do not disappoint…

“GREEN BEANIE” MAYFLY…

HOOK: Daiichi 1560, #18

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

BEAD: Green Cyclops or Lucent, 5/64

ABDOMEN: Peacock Micro Tubing over working thread

BACKFLASH: Mirage Opal Tinsel

TAIL: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers

RIB: Wapsi, Olive, xsm

THORAX: SLF Prism, Brown/Olive

WING CASE/LEGS: 6 strands Black Krystal Flash

Little Brown and Olive Mayflies are prevalent on the East Walker at this time of year. Tailwater Tinys, Dec Hogan’s Military Mayfly and other patterns using the olive/brown theme – ROCK !!!

AMBER KF SERENDIPITY…

HOOK: TMC 5262, #14-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, Brown

ABDOMEN: Portion of a stand of Amber Zelon (to hook size), 1stand Pearl KF, 1 strand Rusty Brown KF – twisted

WING: White Zelon

Specifically for a small Amber Caddis that appears on the East Walker in late May and early June…This color works on some other rivers I and my guys fish in Montana…


Michael on the East Walker River…I think there might be a bunch of new photos…

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OK, I’m going to give this a shot. I have not done this before, but…if it works, maybe SOME MORE...???

SLOPE CADDIS tying tutorial…

Basic info:

HOOK: Gamakatsu C-16B. #16-#18

THESE HOOKS MAY BE ORDERED FROM:

GAMAKATSU ONLINE STORE

MADISON RIVER FISHING CO.

FEATHER -CRAFT FLY FISHING

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer Tan and White

ABDOMEN: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Sheer White, ( built with a pronounced “hump” at the bend)

TAG: Holo Tinsel, Gold

OVER ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s Micro Midge Tubing, Tan, Grey, Olive Chart. or Brown

THORAX: SLF Prism, Tan, Lt. Grey, Brown/Olive, Olive, Peacock or Chocolate Brown

OUTRIGGERS: Thin strands of Snowshoe Rabbit’s Foot, Light Dun, Medium Dun or Dark Dun

UNDER WING: Three strands of Krystal Flash, Root beer, UV Tan, Olive, Rust, Pearl or UV Gray

WING: Coastal Deer Hair, Tan, Natural or Darker Mottled Shades, tied “bullet “style

MATERIALS:

Place hook in vise. Tie in with Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer, white:

Tie in gold Holo tinsel (Flashabou) then tie in Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, tan. Advance thread to just over 1/2 down hook bend. Cut off excess tinsel and tubing…

Create pronounced hump at bend of hook and half hitch thread at 1/3 length of hook…

Wrap gold Holo tinsel counter clockwise and tie off at 1/3rd. point. Cut off excess tinsel.Advance thread tapering abdomen, half hitch at first bend…

Wrap Micro Tubing forward (clockwise,away from tier) to abdomen, Start with tubing stretched tight and reduce tension while moving towards thorax.Tie off micro tubing and cut excess…

Wet thread with moist fingertips, add a small amount of SLF Prism, tan to form compact dubbing ball at rear of thorax. Cover last two wraps of Micro Tubing and into first bend of hook. Half hitch…

Completed dubbing ball. (BELOW)…

Cut a small section of light dun Snowshoe rabbit’s fur from the heel section, comb out the underfur and carefully split the section into two equal parts with a dubbing needle…

Attach 1st. section to near side of hook, tight against the front of the dubbing ball, with 4 turns of thread( two soft, and two additional tight wraps). Pull directly upwards to tighten the thread.Repeat for the far side of the hook. It should look like this from above…

Cut a small section of Coastal Deer hair, comb out the underfur and stack. Extend over the front of the hook eye 2X the shank length. Bind and clip excess…

Add 3 strands of Root beer Krystal Flash and bind down.Half hitch 14/0 white thread and tie in 14/0 tan thread.Half hitch. I add a drop of head cement here.

Dub a thick thorax with SLF Prism,tan from the abdomen to the hook eye, then back…

Draw the Krystal Flash and deer hair directly backward and secure with several wraps (not too tight or the hair will be cut) and whip finish. I use a small drop of head cement on the thread, on top…

The finished FLY…

This, is what the Trout sees…

In places like this:

Lower Owens River…up along that far bank…

Anywhere in here about 7;30PM till after dark…

Michael’s already got one in there!!!

And I got one in here…East Walker River…

Hot Creek, on the RANCH…long before I knew I’d be doing this….

PT/TB

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Michael on the Owens, Fall 2002

Ally blasting on the Owens, Fall 2003

Above: Michael & Ally Goose Lake, Owens Valley, Winter 1994

Above: Pond, Road to Glacier, Big Pine, CA Fall 2000

Michael & Ally, $3.00 Bridge, 2004

Planettrout, North Fork of The Tule River, Spring 2007

Michael, Hot Creek, CA, 2003

Michael in the foothills, 2003

$3.00 Bridge, Madison River, 2004

Ally, Virginia Lakes, Fall 2003

Above, Brown on the Madison, $3.00 Bridge, September, 2004

Top: Virginia Lakes (Little) Sept, 2004

Bottom: Me ‘n Angelo, East walker River, May 2006

East Walker River, May, 2006

Michael and Ally, Lone Pine Creek, 2000

Michael and Ally, Trumbull Lake, 1995

Michael, West Walker, 2003

Looking for “GREYS”, Deep Springs Valley, 2000

Michael and Angelo, Owens River 2002

Nadia and Fishing Pal “Angelo” 2008

Ally at Lake Sabrina, Bishop, CA 1995

Stillwater River, Sept, 2001

Michael, North Fork of The Tule River, Spring 2003

Planettrout, Owens River, Spring 2001

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