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Fly fishing flies: caddis 1

Sunday, 7 June 2015  |  Simon

As ever in this blog we will keep returning to the subject of fly fishing flies. It’s a large, fascinating subject, and it’s as well to learn as much as you can about their entomology, behaviour, habitat and habits as part of your fly fishing arsenal. Knowing as much as you can about the real insects also helps you select the perfect artificial flies for different angling expeditions under a wide range of conditions.

One of the stars, and the one which merits a big discussion, is the caddis (or sedge) fly. To those of you who are freshwater anglers, especially whether you’ve ever plied  the trout and steelhead water of the western portion of North America, or stick to local fisheries in the UK, the caddis is a fish catching machine. And  western fly anglers aren't the only ones to benefit from its power – they  are available to trout in goodly numbers all across the globe.

Caddis flies are relatively large aquatic insects and provide hungry trout with an excellent source of nutritional protein. An important aspect of fly fishing is to understanding a fly’s typical life cycle and develop the ability to identify them from the larval all the way through to the adult.

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