April Fly Salon: Cased caddis

Like you, I have always been skeptical about using a cased caddis fly. Why would any trout in his right mind eat a hunk of gravel and sticks. But, they do.
I was not familiar with the thread feature. I always figured they glued themselves to rocks and when they became dislodged they were fair game until they could find another rock to stick to. I wouldn't be surprised if fish actually feed on them by dislodging them??????
One component of my pattern that I didn't indicate in the material samples and which doesn't readily show up on all but one of the flies is a grouse or partridge feather wrapped at the head of the fly to simulate legs. A grizzly hackle as on your fly is probably better.
If I can find my old fly wallet, I'll post a photo of the cased caddis we used to make with sand, gravel, sticks, and glue.

reference: The images above illustrate the results of an unusual artistic collaboration between the French artist Hubert Duprat and a group of caddis fly larvae.


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Very nice additions everyone! That bungee body is an interesting twist.

I took another out of my box for a photo just to keep things going. This one is LaFontaine's pattern, simply wrapping and trimming a feather for the case. I was too lazy to tidy it up before taking the photo, but you get the idea.



Left handed Gemini.
I tied a couple after I saw some floating around cady one day used different colors of deer hair spun and trimmed for the case small bit of white chenille for the body sparse black hackle with a black dubbed head I've never caught a fish on one but they sure looked good

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Jack, if by body you mean the caddis case it is a blend of a few natural dubbings (hare/possum/etc) that I blended together, then dubbed over over a lead-free wire under body. The front portion is a green plastic bead my daughter had from some project.


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I had hoped to end this month's thread with a photograpic bang, fishing a cased caddis pattern with a whitened tippet today between gusts of wind on the Yak. While I couldn't interest a fish, the anchor thread did show up nicely.
Came across this interesting cased caddis in an Alaska fly patterns book. Case is made of trimmed, palmered hackles. Body is cream colored wool with black head and a little partridge for legs. Nice pattern.
Jack IMG_1201.jpeg


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Happy May, and thanks to all for contributing throughout the month. I really enjoyed the discussion and will try in earnest to catch a fish on a cased pattern.

Since I have to pass the baton to someone, I think I have to go with Ron Eagle Elk's pattern of cemented model railroad ballast and singed sparkle yarn. He even matched the ballast color to his local Nisqually river sand!

Sorry REE, I had the same problem last month not knowing how the Salon idea really worked after contributing a picture. Hopefully, you'll carry it on for May!

Salon instruction link: http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/forum/index.php?threads/salon-what-it-is-and-how-it-works.72427/#post-685034
Thank you, Sir. It is an honor and baton I readily accept. Now that the acceptance speech is out of the way, that fly has worked well for me on the Nisqually, Deschutes, Cowlitz, Lochsa, Selway and Clearwater.

The May Fly Salon is open and eagerly awaiting participants.

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