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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Being of generally high floating design and buoyant materials, a caddis makes for a great dry / dropper fly.
- 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.
Elk Hair Caddis