Caddis fly imitations are critical to an angler’s arsenal, it’s important to make sure that they are in the fly box at all times. Trouble is, there are over 700 species of Caddis flies in North America, alone – which means every angler who wishes for success needs to have a wide selection on hand.
This seems like a daunting task, to say the least. Yes, there are many stores that offer the huge selection of patterns to make this easier. After all, Caddis are to fish like a perfect steak is to humans. We also know, however, that not all of us have the funds to eat steak each and every day. So if you are budget-minded, like most of us, and happen to have time on your hands, there is a way to cut costs and make your own “simple” Caddis flies that will still work great – especially in an area that is abundant with the species. Simple, yet effective, by tying these patterns yourself you’ll still get those catches and save cash at the same time.
The Micro Muddler Caddis Dry is fast and easy to create and perfectly imitates a “diving” Caddis. The best way to fish it is by producing twitches and pulses that imitate struggling emerging Caddis or an egg laying Caddis. Downstream swinging is also another way that calls out to the aggressive trout wanting nothing more than to eat their choice of “diving” steak.
Next up is the Fast Caddis Pupa – one that many anglers state they just can’t keep in their fly box because they use it constantly. Also known as Caddis Nymph Flies, even though there is no actual “nymphal” stage in the Caddis fly’s development, this perfectly mimics Caddis Larvae and Caddis Pupa that are abundant in most all trout streams; they are also an important part of the trout’s diet plan and are sure to become your “go-to” nymph pattern.
The last simple pattern comes in the form of the Simple Cased Caddis which is highly effective and made with a straight 2X long nymph hook; turkey tail fibers for the case; small UTC copper wire for the rib; chartreuse floss for the Caddis body and black thread for the head. This can be tied with lead wire or beads to adjust the weight.
By looking up various instructional videos online, you’ll learn these patterns, save money, fill the fly box, and bring home the perfect “catch.”
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