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Tuesday, 24 June 2014  |  Admin

Better Use of Caddis Flies For Fly Fishing

Caddis are a big meal for trout and at present an important part of the food chain and consequently a crucial fly for the fly fisherman to use.
Caddis flies in pupa and dry fly form should be in every fly fishermans box on outings to rivers and lakes today.

Don't just use caddis as a dry fly, there are different rigs that you can use that make this a deadly pattern in your fishing armoury.

Barbless Caddis / Sedge Flies From Our Range

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Other Caddis / Sedge Flies 

There are many variations of the deadly sedge flies, my personal favorite the Stimulator, deadly and great for supporting rigs (see later in this email), Sedgehogs great for imitating sedges low in the water, Elk Hair Caddis and Goddards Caddis to name just a few. With dull coloured bodies in grey, browns, oranges and greens they are an required fly in any fly box from April to October!

Caddis / Sedge Pupa Flies 

Caddis / Sedge Life-Cycle

Hatching often in the evenings sedges are still an important part of the trouts diet as they are eaten as both pupa and the adult flies, providing a substantial meal for trout on rivers and on stillwaters. Many anglers forget the importance of this fly as they fish it at night as light is fading. They range from very small flies to the huge large red sedge Sandy & I saw in Scotland last week. Often trout will be zooming below the surface hitting the pupa as they come to the surface to emerge and we will be trying buzzers forgetting that there are many other flies that emerge, caddis being one of the important flies to consider and imitate.

Don't Just Fish As Dries or Nymphs!

 

Caddisflies are deadly twitched on the river surface on rivers and stillwaters, however there are stunning rigs that MUST be considered by fly fishermen due to the high buoyancy and movement pattern of the sedge! Enjoy using this stunning technique below for rivers and lakes, we often call this the Banker Rig, a technique that you really can bank on to catch fish.

Be a devil, try a caddis as a suspender on a rig and hit trout hard!

Caddisflies are deadly twitched on the river surface on rivers and stillwaters, however there are stunning rigs that MUST be considered by fly fishermen due to the high buoyancy and movement pattern of the sedge! Enjoy using this stunning technique below for rivers and lakes, we often call this the Banker Rig, a technique that you really can bank on to catch fish.

Fishing Techniques Using Caddisflies

From mid April to the end of October this fly is frequently one of the first flies I use on rivers and on lakes.

Using a large Stimulator on top dropper with one or two buzzers or nymphs suspended below is one of my most used rigs, just Tuesday of this week using this pattern it was absolutely hammered by a trout determined to take this big food offering. Whether it was the orange body, the profile or gentle twitching we don't know what provoked the trout however this rig works on rivers and lakes.

On rivers we use Stimulators, Balloon Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis and Goddard Caddis patterns on the top dropper with with 12 to 48 inch long leaders with one or two droppers depending on the depth of the water with pheasant tails, grhe or endrick buzzers suspended below, especially with small tungsten beads to get down quick as a team which we use to hunt and work the water, running through all of the riffles and over and round rocks this team proves deadly each time. This is a tremendous search team which trout will hit hard on nymphs and on the Sedge fly letting the river propel the team over and round all obstacles.

On Stillwaters we will use a Caddis again I inevitably start with the Stimulator on my top dropper with a leader anything from 12" to 6 feet with one or two droppers below supporting buzzers and spiders. With 8 or 10 feet (or more) from the end of the fly line to the first dropper to avoid spooking trout I will cast and allow the team to settle to working depth. I will then alternate twitching the team 6 inches towards me making the Caddis move like the natural while simultaneously lifting the buzzers so they look like they are emerging. Every 4th or 5th twitch I will move the like anything from 2 to 5 feet to lift the buzzers high in the water and start again. Trout will hammer the buzzers as they rise and fall and absolutely kill the caddis as it twitches looking like the natural.

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Barbless Black Caddis

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Barbless Elk Hair Caddis Black

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Barbless Elk Hair Caddis Brown

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Barbless Goddard Amber Caddis

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Barbless Goddard Natural Caddis

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Barbless Hares Ear Sedgehog

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Barbless Jerry Lee Church Wing Caddis

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Barbless Olive Sedgehog

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Barbless Orange Sedgehog

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Black Caddis

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Caddis Natural

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Caperer

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Elk Hair Caddis Black

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Elk Hair Caddis Brown

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Elk Hair Caddis Fly Selection

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Elk Hair Caddis Olive

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Elk Hair Caddis Tan

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Goddard Amber Caddis

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Goddard Caddis Fly Selection

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Goddard Green Caddis

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Grannom Caddis

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Hares Ear Sedgehog

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Olive Sedgehog

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Orange Sedgehog

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Pearl Sedgehog

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Premier Range - Claret Sedgehog

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Premier Range - Welshmans Button Black Caddis Fly

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Red Sedgehog

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Silver Sedge

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Stimulator Olive

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