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This is Mike Mercer’s Missing Link Caddis:

This, along with Craig Matthew’s Spent Deer Hair Caddis, are two fly patterns that represent the terminal stage of the insect.

Kelly Galloup’s Butch Caddis: Is a pattern developed for fast water, particularly, on the fast currents of The Madison River around the Slide Inn area…



Tying Video from The Weekly Fly

Howard Cole’s: U-Con 2 Caddis Emerger ( Howard’s Site)


U-Con 2 Caddis Emerger:

Hook: TMC 900BL, #14-#20

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Gray

Taik/ Shuck: Amber or Dun Zelon

Body: Dark Olive Dubbing

Overbody: Dark Olive Zelon

Thorax: Silver Glass Bead

Wing: Coastal Deer Hair

I like all four of these patterns…So, my next Caddis project will be to develop a Spent Caddis and an Emerging Caddis Cripple, incorporating elements from each of the above, great Caddis patterns on this hook:

Stay tuned…

C16-B Crippled Emerger (From Gammakatsu)


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These are three great Caddis patterns…So, next in and out my vise will be a combination of all three with a twist...LITERALLY

Dennis Potter’s Opal X Caddis…

Walter Wiese’s Olive Clacka Caddis…(link updated 1/16/11)

Craig Matthew’s Amber Iris Caddis…


HOOK: TMC 102Y, # 13 – # 19

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0 Sheer, Black, Tan or Olive

TAIL/SHUCK: Clear Antron yarn, twisted

ABDOMEN: UTC Opal Tinsel ( wrapped over thread) or thread body, tan or olive with a strip of Opal tinsel over the body)

RIB: Fine Lagartun wire -silver or gold

UNDERWING: 3 strands. pearl or olive pearl Midge flash

OVERWING: Loop of straight Zelon, white, tan or light olive

THORAX: FLY-RITE ,extra fine poly dubbing, brown or olive, dubbed thin

HACKLE: Olive, Brown or Dun Grizzly – clipped on bottom


I think I will drop it in here:

If Michael would just get out of the way…


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I first posted these two patterns back in May, 2008. I am re-posting them because the have been extremely effective for me around the “Mother’s Day Hatch”. The first is the Guide Serendipity which was developed by Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone and the second, The Owens Serendipity is a variation on that pattern in a larger size that has taken numerous large Brown Trout on the Lower Owens before and after the sun hits the water. I tie another variation of the Guide Serendipity using chartreuse Danville 6/0 thread and seven (7) turns of XSM, blue, Wapsi wire. These patterns may be quickly tied. They are fished from the bottom to just under the surface of the water column, dead drift and swung…


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. As a thought, a strand of Pearl Krystal Flash twisted into this pattern will add some flash…


Hook: TMC 5262, #12-18

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Benecchi 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!

This is an interesting article on the EVOLUTION OF THE SERENDIPITY


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While I am working on putting together a series of attractor patterns, I thought I would share some flies that fall into the attractor category which I have come across in my aquatic travels/ adventures. Four of these I use to imitate Caddis and the fifth is a  May Fly tie that has certainly provided some exciting top water acrobatics and runs by the Trout that pounced on it…And YES, I sometimes like to fish with a Dry Fly…



This is a Madison River pattern developed by the late Montana guide, Ross A. Merigold. I have used it in Olive, Yellow, Purple and Flo. Orange. It was originally used in the “Slide” area of the Madison River where the river narrows and the water blasts through… It is not an area for wading. The fly is fished directly upstream on a tight line. It is an excellent pocket water Caddis pupa attractor and may also be swung through riffles, just below the surface during the evening hatch. I first became acquainted with this fly many years ago on the East Walker River where a purple RAM Caddis produced one of the largest Rainbows I have ever netted there…It is tied on #8 – #14, TMC 3769, TMC 9300 or similar hook using floss, gold wire rib and white hen neck with a purple or dark red head, A Peacock herl head makes an interesting variation…


This dry pattern is basically an extension of the original Al Troth Elk Hair Caddis. It is used to imitate small Black Caddis like American Grannom.I have used this guy with great success on the Owens and East Walker Rivers in #14- #20…in the Spring and in smaller sizes, in the Fall…


A Mike Lawson pattern. One of two very enticing Caddis cripple flies that I use. This one is in Tan, utilizing an Antron ( or crinkled Zelon) shuck, Partridge wing, and Peacock Herl head. Appropriate colors work well for bright Green (Chart.) or Olive abdomens with a wire rib (try  twisted Krystal Flash… heh, heh) – tied on TMC 100 hooks #14 – # 18. Michael, Ally and I have enjoyed some rather stupendous results using this imitation on a high elevation lake around sunset…It works in soft and flat running water as well…Caddis get stuck in the shuck too…

I first saw this pattern in the bins at BRF in West Yellowstone. I purchased a few in #14 -# 16 – then took it apart. When I went back to the shop,a week later, the bins were empty. It was designed by Rowan Nyman who worked for Craig Matthews and now has his own guiding gig and ties for the Montana Fly CO.* (see link). …This fly KICKS BUTT…Everywhere…


HOOK: Standard Dry #10-#18

THREAD: 6/0-8/0, Black

TAIL: Brown Zelon

BODY: Peacock Herl and FL. red Antron yarn or floss

WING: White poly yarn

HACKLE: Coachman Brown, trimmed underneath


Now, back to tying…


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Here they is:


PHOTO: “BAETIS” – John Jurasek, Blue Ribbon Flies Newsletter

The prolific little bugs that love to hatch on overcast, blustery, rainy, snowy, miserable and memorable days on waters everywhere. I LOVE these guys…



Hook: TMC 2487, Diiachi 1130, #16-24 (Fall SMALL)

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, olive or gray

TAIL: Three olive or brown Pheasant tail fibers

Rib: Gold Largutan extra fine wire

ABDOMEN: Wapsi thread, Olive Brown

THORAX: SLF Prism ,Olive Brown, picked out

WINGCASE: Black Krystal Flash or Firefly

BEAD: Gold

I have used this fly on the Owens, Hot Creek and The East Walker River in the Fall with success by fishing it deep prior to a hatch, The black KF version works best trailed off an emerger – about 12′ of tippet material off the bend…


John Barr’s BWO Emerger…

HOOK: TMC 101, # 16 – # 24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Gray

TAIL:Dun Hen Hackle fibers, clipped

ABDOMEN: Stalcups BWO Dubbing

THORAX: Adams Gray Superfine or Muskrat Gray

WINGCASE/ LEGS: Bunch of Dun Hen Hackle tied over, evenly separated and tied back

John Barr developed this pattern a long time ago – it still works. Fish it deep or through the water column. I sometimes pull Black KF over the top above the hen hackle to give the fly a sight hump. The hen hackle fibers are retained for legs…


Foam Baetis Emerger…

HOOK: TMC 100, #18-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive or Gray

TAIL/SHUCK: Olive or Olive Brown Zelon

RIB: Largutan, Gold, extra fine wire

ABDOMEN: Olive or Natural Pheasant Tail

THORAX: Dk. Olive ,Stalcup’s Baetis dubbing, picked out

WINGCASE/TAG: Razor Foam, Gray

This is a good flat water, stuck emerger. I use it along edges on the Owens and on waters where the Trout are in the tipped back sipping mode – picking off easy prey. I find this on really cold days when it takes a little longer for the bugs to get off the surface film…


Pheasant Tail…

HOOK: TMC 3761, #16-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Brown

TAIL: Natural Pheasant Tail Fiber or Olive

RIB: Largutan, Gold, Extra Fine or XSM Wapsi Wire, copper

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, natural or Olive

THORAX: Peacock Herl, SLF Prism ,Olive Brown,Arizona Peacock (natural), Ice Dub, Olive Brown,Ostrich Herl- Olive, Brown and Dark Gray

BEAD: Gold or Copper

WINGCASE/ LEGS: Pheasant Tail Fibers, pulled over and separated, Natural or Olive

This is the American standard. Through the years, I have tied it using different kinds of materials for the thorax. With the arrival of Dyed Pheasant Tail, I have tied it in Black, Red, Yellow and Green…get the picture? IT SLAYS…


EthaDun BWO Parachute…

HOOK: TMC 100, #16-#24, TMC 102Y, # 17- #21

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive, Brown, Gray

TAIL: Microfibetts, color to match thread

ABDOMEN: Turkey or Goose Biot, fringed- tan, olive, gray

THORAX: Flyrite, Super Fine or Stalcups – Lt. Olive, Dk. Olive, Olive/ Brown, Brown/Olive

HACKLE: Premium Dun

WING: Ethafoam or Evazote – Gray or colored Gray

One of my favorite dry patterns. I don’t use dries a lot. I learned early on from Georges Odier that 90% of the time, Trout feed below the surface. However, there is just something irresistible about dry fly fishing and this pattern floats well and produces…


GRHare’s Ear…

HOOK: TMC 3769 #16-#20, Diiachi 1560, #16-#18, TMC 100, #16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Gray, Olive, Brown

TAIL: Stiff Hare’s Ear – from Mask

RIB: Gold Mylar Tinsel, SM

ABDOMEN: Fur from a hares mask # 3

THORAX: Spiky, darker Hare’s Mask Fur # 4

WINGCASE: Mottled Turkey Tail Fiber Section

This is another Standard pattern. I tie this pattern in Natural, Olive, Dun and Black. The first there colors work well for Baetis / BWO’s. They are all in their appropriate slots in my Nymph Boxes. Here is a good tutorial from Hipwader on this essential fly… I do not use weight for smaller patterns…

Hipwader Tutorial GRHE


Quasimodo Pheasant Tail…

HOOK: TMC 2487, #16-#24, Diiachi 1130, # 16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Brown

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers- Natural,Olive,

RIB: Gold Largutan, extra fine wire or Wapsi xsm Copper wire

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Natural or Olive

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Peacock SLF Prism, Arizona Peacock, Ice Dub Olive/Brown

WINGCASE/ LEGS: Pheasant Tail Fibers, pulled over, separated and tied back. Black, Pearl or Peacock KF works too!!!

BEAD: Gold or Copper

Kinda’ looks like Charles Lawton…This is an alternative to the classic PT. Hunched and curved it gives the impression of SQUIRMY in the water column. Jeremy Davies swears by this hook and it’s heavier versions for the holding capability …Works for me…


BWO Emerging Dun…

HOOK: TMC 2487,#16-#24, Diiachi 1130 #16- #24, Mustad C49S ,#16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive, Brown, Gray

TAIL: Zelon, Olive/Brown, Olive or Brown

RIB: Optional, Largutan extra fine, Gold

ABDOMEN: Goose or Turkey Biot, Fringed, BWO, Olive, Tan,Gray

WING: Reversed Half Hackle Wing, Premium Dun or Lt. Olive

HACKLE: Premium Dun or Grizzly Dun, clipped at bottom

This FLY catches fish. It has a great profile, hangs like an emerger should and floats in every condition except the roughest water. I came across this pattern years ago and finally worked up the gumption to deal with the wings. After a number of tries, it became easy..try some, the fish like it…


HOOK: TMC 1oo. #18-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Olive or Gray

TAIL/ SHUCK: Amber or Gold Zelon

ABDOMEN: Sm. amount of Gray Superfine or Stalcup’s BWO Dub for #18-#20, Thread for smaller ties

THORAX: Small amount of Gray Superfine or Stalcup’s Baetis or BWO Dubbing

WING: Med. Dun Hi-Vis, Upright, spread with fingernail, clipped in back

HACKLE: Premium Dun

Notice the 7X Mono in the eye…this fly produced for me on a wet, windy, cold day on the Wild Trout section of the Owens River. No one else was there but me and the Trout…


Freezing rain on the Owens, GOOD Baetis/BWO conditions…


Glass Bead Emerger…

HOOK: TMC 200R, # 16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive Brown or Gray

BEAD: Glass Metallic or Pearl

TAIL: Pheasant Tail fibers

ABDOMEN: Goose or Turkey Biot, fringed, Tan, BWO, Olive or Gray

THORAX: Fly-Rite mixed with Hare’s Ear or Muskrat, picked out

WING: Mallard Flank, Gray or Lemon Wood Duck, posted and covered by dubbing

This is a very good soft water fly pattern. I use HYROPHOBE on the thorax section of the fly ONLY. If it tilts over, no matter, the fish rise to it anyway. Lots of fun with this on The East Walker River…


Starling BWO…

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 17-#19, TMC 3761 #18-#20, TMC 2488, #18-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/o, Gray, Olive or Benecchi, 12/0 ,Tan

RIB: Largutan extra fine wire, Gold

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

THORAX: Muskrat dubbing

HACKLE: Starling

I enjoy swinging soft Hackles. This is an easy tie and the fishees seem to like it anywhere it drops in…


Silver Wing Case PT…

I include this fly, which has a silver Mylar wing case, because one day – on The Madison River, above $3.00 Bridge, at about 6AM in Mid-September, I hooked six of the largest Browns and Rainbows that I have ever brought to a net …on this fly in size # 20…

set-3-honey-04 In THIS SPOT – On the Madison River

I don’t remember when or why I was inspired to tie this particular fellow. This is the same fly…hook not bent…go figure…


Tan Biot KF Emerger…

HOOK: Diiachi 1560, #16-#18, TMC 3761, # 16-#20, TMC 2488, #16-#24

Thread: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Tan

Tail: Olive or Amber Zelon

RIB: Optional. Largutan, extra fine Gold Wire

THORAX: Olive Ostrich Herl

WINCASE/ LEGS: Peacock, Pearl or Black Krystal Flash

This is my favorite Fall BWO/ Baetis Emerger. I fish it deep with twist-ons…It has worked like a charm here:


The Owens River, below Five Bridges…








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Along with October Caddis, it is approaching that time of year when Baetis/BWO’s become the dominant (Mayfly) species that begin to hatch in early Fall. They decline in activity as temperatures fall dramatically and then, magically reappear on warmer, overcast days during the Winter. Spring brings them back in force… On the Owens River, I have walked a mile or two (upstream and down) and found Baetis/BWO’s which are a different size and color coming off the water. I carry MANY variations. I have posted a number of these patterns including these, which are some of my favorite Baetis patterns:

mike-owens-fallMichael, working up a run, Owens River, Fall…осень


The Owens Emerger is a good surface film pattern used as a trailer or with a small BB size tuft of yarn 6 inches above the fly. I use Enrico Puglisi “ Powerfull” tippet material for fishing dries and film emergers.

I have recently been using Stroft GTM which my son Michael brought home from a trip to Paris, with excellent results. For fishing deep, my flurocarbon is always Seaguar.

Hook: Diiachi 1130, TMC 2487, # 16-#18 (20-24 in Fall)

Thread: Gordon Griffiths grey or olive
Tail/shuck: olive brown ice dub
Abdomen: Stalcup’s BWO goose biot/(Tan and light Gray in Fall)
Rib: Largutan fine gold wire
Thorax: Arizona Peacock hares ear
Wing: White sparkle emerger yarn

I also find this pattern , fished deep and all the way through the water column to the surface film – to be very usefull:



This fly is a killer pattern in sizes # 18 & # 20 on the Wild Trout section of the Owens River near Bishop, CA – especially in the early spring.

Thread: Gordon Griffiths brown or olive
Hook: Diiachi 1560 or TMC 3761 # 16-20 (22-24 in Fall)
Tail: Olive Zelon straight or kinky
Abdomen: Stalcup’s BWO goose biot (Tan and light Gray in Fall)
Rib: Largutan fine gold wire
Thorax: Olive ostrich herl
Wingcase/legs: Black crystal flash

I fish this pattern deep with twist–ons or higher in the water column with appropriate weight. It may also be fished just under the surface film as a trailer/dropper.


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:
The Owens River in Fall…


HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
TAIL: Pheasant tail Fibers
UNDERABDOMEN: Uni 8/0 white thread
ABDOMEN: Superhair, 1 Black, 2 Clear Strands
WINGCASE: Pearl Flasabou ( or, Black KF)
GILLS: White Flurofiber, Antron, Zelon ( small amount)


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…


HOOK: Daiichi 1560, # 16-18 or TMC 3761 #16-20
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Olive
TAIL: Olive Pheasant Tail Fibers
ABDOMEN: Wapsi UTC 70 DK. Olive/ Tan for Fall
RIB: Chart. Wapsi wire XSM/ Copper Brown for Fall- SM
WINGPAD: Dk. Brown or Black Goose Biot
THORAX: Olive Brown Ice Dub or SLF Prism, Olive Brown
BEAD: Copper Metal or Tung

I developed this fly for the East Walker River as an alternative to the “Tailwater Tiny”.I also tie this in brown too. It works REAL good…


Batwing Baetis

Hook: TMC 2487, Diiachi 1130 ,16-20

Thread: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Brown

Tail: Dun hen neck 4-6 fibers

Abdomen: BWO Goose Biot, Tan works well too.

Thorax: Medium Brown Beaver Dub

Bead: x-sm glass, gun metal for 18 & 20

Wing: Fluffy, soft barbs at the base of Dun Hen Neck feather ( tied over thorax & bead convex side up -then tied down behind the eye of the hook).

This pattern appeared in Flyfishing and Flytying Journal about three years ago. It reminds me of the “Wonder Baetis” developed on the Bighorn. I have used this pattern in # 18 & 20 on the lower Owens in the spring. It is a fish catching machine below Five Bridges. This pattern may be modified to match many Mayfly hatches and it is huge success in Ozark tailwaters.


HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers
UNDERABDOMEN: White uni 8/0
ABDOMEN: Superhair, 1 Clear, 1 Black
WING: Clipped Partridge, Natural
BEAD: Glass Gunmetal

Variation on Charlie Craven’s pattern. I use this as a trailer behind a Snowshoe Baetis in the Spring and Fall, Both flies take fish…


More Baetis patterns may be found here:


I will be adding additional BWO/ Batetis patterns in a week or so, thanks Ally


Where Ally gets her “good Looks”… it is in the DNA…




Maybe her MOTHER too….

…and remember what Gary LaFontaine asked in his new book ” La Fontaine’s Legacy – Pg. 18: “Did you ever see a BWO spinner fall?” And, the answer is? …RIGHT HERE: WESTFLY

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The BWO’s/Baetis instructions are finished. They may be found below (on the following page)…Good tying!!!


Hot Spot Midge:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s , Black 14/0

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

Abdomen: Wapsi Ultra 70, Black

Rib: X-Fine Largutan wire, Gold or Copper

Shuck: Pearl Krystal Flash

Thorax: Danville 6/0 Fl. Orange Thread – (coat with Aquaflex)

Bead: Copper or Gold

I tied these up to create a ” pop” rather than using the standard Tiger or Zebra Midge for the Owens and East Walker Rivers…Nice!!!


Holo Stone Golden:

Hook: Daiichi 1270 or TMC 200R , #12-16

Thread: Black or Yellow 8/0

Bead: Black or Gold

Tail: Black or Tan mini Tarantu-Leggs

Abdomen: Black or Gold small Wapsi Holo-Tinsel

RIB: Gold or Copper/Brown wire, sized to hook

Thorax: Black or Gold Ice Dub

Wingcase: Black or Gold small Wapsi Holo-Tinsel

Hackle: Speckled Brown Hen


Holo Stone Black:

Southwest Fly Fishing Cover

A Joe Egry patten that appeared in Southwest Fly Fishing. A good fly for edges on The East Fork of the Carson, West Walker River ( canyon section) and the Mighty Kern, It may be fished under a stimulator as a dropper.


Amber IRIS Caddis:

Hook: TMC 100 or any other equivalent dry fly hook # 14-#16

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Tan or Brown

Shuck: Gold Zelon, ( in this case, I used crinkly Dun Zelon)

Body: Combo Natures Spirit Tan and Rusty Brown Emergence Dub

Wing: Gray Antron yarn, semi circle extending to hook bend

Head: Natures Spirit Dk. Brown Hare’s Ear Emerger Dub

The classic Craig MatthewsJohn Juracek, Caddis pattern. I have used this fly successfully, in other color variations , almost everywhere. I especially like it in the evening on the Madison River…

Craig Matthews ties the Amber Iris Caddis VIDEO… 6.18.10


Amber Z Underwing Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Brown

Hook: TMC 900BL, #14-#18

Shuck: Amber Zelon, twisted

Body: Davy Wotton SLF, Amber

Underwing: Crinkly Zelon, Brown

Overwing: Coastal Deer Hair

A take off on a Wayne Luallen pattern using deer hair instead of CDC (which sometimes drives me crazy on the water). I like fishing this pattern through slower water along stream banks. I tie it in a number of color variations and really like the SLF dubbing Davy Wotton created… I use a dab of Hydrophobe -( available from Blue Ribbon Flies) under the two wings…



Antron Caddis Pupa:

Hook: TMC 206 BL or other fine wire scud hook #10-#18

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Brown

Bubble Sheath: Tan or Cream Antron Dubbing

Abdomen: Green Jelly Rope or Larva Lace

Legs: Natural CDC Fibers

Wing: Brown Antron Yarn

Head: Dk. Brown Dubbing

A Jim Schollmeyer pattern. I use this on the East Walker and Owens Rivers as an alternative to the La Fontaine Sparkle pupa. It works great on a Liesenring Lift!


Bubble Bak Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Black

Bead: Gold

Underbody: Caddis Green Ice Dub

Rib: X-SM Chart wire

Bubble Sheath: Olive Zelon

Wing: Brown Antron

Thorax: Black Ostrich Herl

I tie this fly in tan and amber using the appropriate colors. I fish it deep with weight and pick up many hits as it swings in the current downstream…


CDC Black Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

Hook: TMC 100 or Daiichi 1100, # 18-#20

Shuck: Dun Zelon, twisted

Body: Black Fine and Dry

Wing: Black CDC, clipped

Thorax: Black Ice Dub

A good Glossosoma imitation I use when the shadows hit the water on the East Walker and a great pattern for the small Black Caddis on the Madison…


Glass House Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 5262, # 14-#18

Beads: One Black Metal followed by Olive Glass Bead

Rib: Largutan extra fine copper

Body/Case: Scintilla # 46, Peacockle

Hackle: Brown or Furnace Hen

Scott Sanchez’s fine imitation of the Brachycentrus Caddis Pupa that one finds in abundance on the Owens. These are the ” stick” Caddis one finds throughout that tailwater. This pattern is a Trout magnet…


Olive IRIS Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 100 or Daiichi 1100, #14-#18

Shuck: Dun Zelon, crinkly

Body: Natures Spirit Caddis Green Emerger Dub

Wing: Olive Antron Yarn, semi-circle to bend

Head: Buggy Nymph, Dk. Hare’s Ear Dub

Craig Matthew’s Caddis pattern. I carry it in each hook size after learning about it’s fish catching prowess on the Madison and Stillwater Rivers. This fly accounted for some wonderful late evening action at Cliff Swallows on the Stillwater – I caught the largest Brown I have taken on that River with this fly at that spot…


LF Sparkle Emerger Pupa:

I am going to devote an entire story to the proper preparation of materials required to tie this fly and enhance it’s effectiveness… the store bought creations of this pattern don’t come close to the original intent of it’s creator – Gary LaFontaine. This fly as a emerger, and in the deep sparkle version, should be included in any fly fisherman’s arsenal. For me, it is one of the best Caddis patterns I have ever used…


Matthew’s X-Caddis Olive:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 102Y, #13-#19

Shuck: Dun or Amber Zelon-(may be twisted)

Body: Stalcup’s BWO Micro Dub, Olive

Wing: Coastal Deer Hair

Another “go-to” pattern developed by Craig Matthews. I would venture to the water witout it. I tie most of them now with a twisted Zelon shuck…


Olive CDC Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 100 or Daiichi 1100, #14-#18

Shuck: Olive Zelon, twisted

Body: Mix, Olive Antron and Olive Buggy Nymph, chopped

Wing: Natural CDC, clipped

Head: Arizona Dub, Hare’s Ear

A good slow water pattern I employ along banks on the Owens, East Walker and Madison Rivers. Tied in Brown, size #18, it slams ’em on Hot Creek…


SnoShu Black Caddis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

Hook: TMC 900BL, #18-#20

Body: Stalcup’s Micro Dub, Black

Wing: Black Snow Shoe Hair, clipped at an angle

Another Glossosoma imitation that floats like a cork and brings ’em up when little black Caddis are emerging…


Sparkle Caddis Olive:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

Hook: TMC 206 BL, #14-#18

Body: Natures Spirit Caddis Green Emerger Dub

Wings: Dun Zelon

Head: Arizona Dk. Hare’s Ear Dub

Legs: Brown Partridge

Antennae: Olive Mallard Flank

A great sub -surface Caddis emerger I tie in various colors. I sometime trail this behind a Goddard or Elk Hair Caddis. I usually get the take on this fly…


U-Con 2 Caddis Emerger:

Hook: TMC 900BL, #14-#20

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Gray

Taik/ Shuck: Amber or Dun Zelon

Body: Dark Olive Dubbing

Overbody: Dark Olive Zelon

Thorax: Silver Glass Bead

Wing: Coastal Deer Hair

A Howard Cole design. A good surface film fly for slow water that has the added attraction of the glass bead. I have caught some nice Browns on this fly on the East Walker in the wanning light…


Z – Wing Caddis Amber:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Tan

Hook: TMC 2457 or Daiichi 1120, #12-#18

Body: Tan Buggy Nymph mixed with Davy Wotan Amber SLF Dub

Overbody: Two strips of dark mottled turkey tail

Rib: Copper/ Brown wire

Wing: Ginger Zelon

Head: Davy Woton Amber SLF

A Mike Mercer pattern I started using on the Stillwater River, in tan, several years ago. After I tied some up, the Amber version proved to be much more productive. I keep my boxes supplied with these in Olive, Dark Brown, Amber and Tan in all sizes. Fished from the bottom of the water column to subsurface they have picked of a “fair” amount of Trout and yeah…Whitefish…


Z – Wing Caddis Amber – top view:


Sparkle Caddis, Tan:

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

Hook; TMC 206BL, #14-#18

Body: Natures Spirit Tan Emerger Dub

Wings: Dun or Brown Zelon

Head: Natures Spirit Brown Emerger Dub

Kegs: Optional – Brown Partridge

Antennae: Dyed Wooduck Mallard Flank

The Tan version of the above Olive. I also tie this in Amber, Gray and Brown. I usually use it as a trailer…


Owens Emerger Caddis Pupa, Olive:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Olive or Brown

Hook: TMC 206BL, #14-#18

Overbody/Shuck: Olive Zelon, clipped short

Rib: Chart Wire

Legs: Brown Partridge

Head: Arizona Peacock Dub

I use this pattern rolled on the bottom to sub surface. It incoporates some of the aspects of the Z-Wing . I like to use this fly as a dropper, off the IRIS Caddis, in smaller sizes, in slow moving water…

More to come, March Browns, Grey Drakes, Green Drakes…


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