Friday Fly Day - Five Reasons To Grab A Caddis Dry Fly

Dry Fly For Trout Using A Caddis Fly

We have all fished caddis patterns no doubt at some point in time and I often ask why people don’t fish them more? A good caddis dry is one of the most versatile patterns one can have in their fly box, and the reasons are many, here's five:

  1. They are the ultimate searcher for both stillwater and moving rivers. Fish can expect to see caddis at any time of the day, especially around long grass or overgrown banks.
  2. Being strong on the wing, they often skitter around upon the surface, and so fish can expect them to drag. The next time you see a fish in a current laden eddy, or in drag central, try a small elk hair or similar.
  3. Skating a caddis on a tight line at night makes after dark fly fishing a lot easier than trying to attain a drag free drift after the sun goes down.
  4. Being of generally high floating design and buoyant materials, a caddis makes for a great dry / dropper fly.
  5. Goddard's Caddis, Wike's Siddac or a Later Skater for a flush floating imitation or ride high with the Elk Hair Caddis in either black or tan, or the ever popular, Never Sink Caddis for heavier water.

Manic Fly Collection Goddard's Caddis Dry

Goddard's Caddis

Manic Fly Collection Wike's Siddac

Wike's Siddac

Manic Fly Collection Later Skater Dry Fly

Later Skater

Manic Fly Collection Elk Hair Caddis

Elk Hair Caddis

Manic Fly Collection Neversink Caddis Dry Fly

Neversink Caddis