Z-Wing Caddis |
By Jason Akl
Out of the hundreds of caddis patterns that a fly fisherman can choose from, one of the most versatile and effective nymph imitations is the Z-wing caddis. Fished dead-drifted, the z-wing caddis is able to dupe fish repeatedly. One of the best features of the Z-wing caddis is that throughout the greater US the Z-wing caddis is relatively an unknown fly. New unexploited patterns are often more effective than our traditional favorites on heavily pressured waters because trout have not been seeing thousands of them drifting (and often dragging unnaturally) over their heads.
The Z-wing caddis utilizes breathable/ buggy materials like peacock herl and Z-Lon coupled to a curved hook shank to help create a realistic imitation of the live caddis nymphs that inhabitant our favorite rivers. The bead head in this fly adds enough weight to the fly pattern so that you can fish it through fast water conditions, yet the profile is realistic enough that it still works exceptionally well on flat water. Seeing as this fly is such a versatile pattern it is a good all-round choice to fish during caddis season because you can fish a wide variety of water types without having to change flies repeatedly.