Description: For years I struggled to find the perfect way to imitate adult caddis flies which presents a unique challenge. My home water is a very low gradient stream with long and fairly flat pools and a very heavy population of caddis fly species. I learned years ago that many of the high floating patterns such as the Elk Hair Caddis and Henryville Specials were very poor performers under these types conditions. Caddis flies sit very close to the water surface and are in a constant state of motion. Stiff and static materials such as animal hair or films do not create the illusion of life compared to something soft such as CDC fibers. The CDC Adult Caddis is the only adult pattern I fish…..period.
What it imitates: Pychnopsyche (October Caddis) and other cinnamon colored adult caddis species
How to fish it: Fish the fly on a slack leader / dead drift presentation. At times imparting action to the fly is very effective. Cast the fly downstream and across and raise the rod tip high to skitter the fly across the surface as it reaches a feeding fishes position. Another effective method is to attach a pupa pattern as a dropper. When the fly becomes water logged dry the fly by squeezing the water from it with chamois or amadou and treat with an application of a powder type floatant such as Frogs Fanny brushed into the CDC wing. Do not use any paste type floatants with CDC flies.
Approximate time to complete this order: 2 -3 weeks
MINIMUM ORDER FOR THIS FLY IS ONE UNIT - 1 UNIT CONSISTS OF 1/2 DOZEN FLIES
Henry Ramasy - Tier - Guide - Author - has put together an excellent selection of CDC Adult Caddis in an array of colors and sizes so you can match the various caddis species for the waters you will be fishing. From the tough fish of the Henry’s Fork and the Firehole to the pressured streams of Pennsylvania and New York, this pattern has been tremendously effective wherever used. Click Here to see his entire CDC Adult Caddis selection.
Make sure you visit Henry's website: Henry Ramsay Flies and Photography to see more of his flies and photography work.