Fly fishing flies: caddis 3

Monday, 8 June 2015  |  Simon

When fly fishing with caddis as bait, you will need to consider the variety of colours they come in. The most common species of caddis larvae range from greyish-white to reddish-brown to a bright green colour. The latter colour is known in fly fishing and fly tying circles as "caddis green."

At the pupal stage, caddis are at rest. At this time the insect constructs a shelter of rocks or silk and remains in the cocoon until it ready to hatch into a winged adult. When the pupa emerges from its cocoon it is still encased by in translucent pupal shuck. To complete its emergence it swims quickly to the surface film.  It is in their interest to emerge from their pupal shuck as quickly as possible owing to the fact that they  are extremely vulnerable when hanging in the surface film. Once the winged adult has fully emerged, it continues to act with a sense of urgency, and wastes no time flitting from the surface of the water  to the safety of nearby trees and embankment vegetation.

Another extremely valuable point to consider when fly fishing caddis.

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