Hydropsyche Caddis Larva
This has been a solid producer for me in areas with good populations of free swimming caddis larvae. This pattern is very similar to the caddis patterns of Oliver Edwards. Hydropsyche Caddis LarvaThanks for the great tips and instruction Oliver! The legs are a great addition to any caddis larva pattern, or stoneflies and clinger mayfly nymphs.
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Little Black Stonefly
The dry fly season starts in earnest with the hatches of little black stoneflies. In the Black Hills these bugs start hatching in March and some years the hatches continue into May. This pattern fools the trickier more selective fish, while a black-fly fly will do the trick on the rest.
Materials Link: Hans’ Little Black Stonefly
CDC Bubble Wing Caddis
Here is a great fly from Oliver Edwards outstanding DVD “Essential Patterns Vol. 1”. Check out this DVD for several more cracking patterns.I tie this in a few sizes for the caddis hatches found here in the black hills. Sizes 14-16 are particularly well suited for the waters I fish. The color schemes of light brown to tan work best for the hatches I fish.
Tape Wing Caddis
This fly takes a bit of extra time to construct, but it is worth it. The combination of the tape wing and CDC legs make this an irresistible caddis imitation. Tie this fly in sizes 12-18. The color scheme is easily adapted to match the caddis on your stream.
Materials Link: Tape Winged Caddis
Fly Tying Video Klinkhammer Special
Here is a great dry fly from tyer Hans Van Klinken. It works great as a caddis emerger, but we use it more often as a searching pattern for trout. It is very effective at bringing fish to the surface. Also a great dry fly for cruising carp.
Materials Link: Klinkhammer Special