Fly fishing flies: caddis 5

Tuesday, 9 June 2015  |  Simon

In preparing for a fly fishing trip, consider your destination before you start packing your fishing box with caddis imitations. Water type, season, local climate, and time of day will often determine which hatches of caddis species you'll most likely encounter and thereby inform your decision as to what to take with you.

The most important considerations in fishing a caddis hatch in local water are size and colour. Matching these characteristics properly is critical, and can make or break your expedition.

As we said previously, caddis are most vulnerable during their pupa and emergent stages. So pupae, emerger, and cripple imitations will be the most important bugs to keep at the ready in your fly box. Instinctively caddis spend very little time on or in the water after hatching to winged adults, so caddis hatches are often disappointing to anglers looking to take trout on dry fly imitations of winged adults. For the very best results in dry fly fishing with caddis imitations, look for females returning to the water's surface to deposit their fertilized eggs: trout will readily and aggressively take these sexually mature females and periods when females return to the river. All this can mean wonderful results for well-prepared fly fishing trip.

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