The emerging caddis is a fairly easy pattern to tie, and can be used during and after the caddis hatch. Trout normally won’t take a dry fly until they run out of pupa and emerging caddis. At this stage of the lifecycle the fly is transforming into an adult and is in a very vulnerable state as they usually wind up in the film; the top few inches of water. This makes them easy for the trout to spot, and when they feed on the emerging caddis you will see their backs and tails, but the mouth does not come out of the water. This fly catches fish if it is sitting high and dry, in the film, and even when the currents suck it under.
Emerging Caddis Materials List
- Size 14 S82 Mustad Hook
- 6/0 Thread -Brown
- Ice Dub UV -Shrimp Pink
- SLF Red Fox Squirrel Nymph Thorax Dub
- CDC feather Fibers –Brown
- Deer Hair -Medium Short & Fine
About the Tyer
Rod Zavaduk is the owner/operator of Castlegar Sports Centre and Fly Shop; a retail fly fishing outlet and guide service. He began fishing the Columbia River in the late 70s and has been a licensed guide for over 25 years. Rod has studied entomology for 40 plus years and is an expert in the local hatches and insect life cycles. The majority of flies sold in Rod’s shop are hand tied and specialized for the local waterways. Many of the flies are tried and true custom patterns that cannot be purchased anywhere else. Rod estimates he ties 5,000 flies each year.
Visit CastlegarFlyShop.ca to see more of Rod’s hand tied flies, or stop by the new location at 2243 6th Avenue in Castlegar.