Out of all the thousands of different caddis fly patterns available in fly shops across America, how is a fly angler suppose to choose what will work best on any given day? Fortunately for anglers all that is really needed is a few specific dry and nymph patterns to cover the different types of hatches you might run across. Stalcup’s Caddis Larvae is one of the nymph patterns that an angler should never be without. It is one of the better caddis larvae patterns you will come across, because it incorporates a thinly dubbed body with even ribbing to accurately depict what a live caddis larvae looks like. A key to finding the right caddis patterns is to find patterns that as closely as possible resemble the real thing because these flies are being presented at the fishes eye level.
Caddis hatches occur in almost every month from early April and May and as late as November and December, giving fly anglers a year round chance to fish these patterns. If you are not sure what is going to be hatching, where and at what time of year, take a few moments on your next trip to turn a few rocks and see what is living on the bottom.
Tie this fly in sizes 12-16.
Start this fly by placing the hook into the vise securely and attaching the thread behind the hook eye. Clip two 3 inch sections of vinyl rib and tie then down to the hook shank (one on each side) with thread. Wrap the vinyl rib down with thread until you reach the point above the barb.
To build the body for this fly we use a weaving technique called the grandma weave. It is a fairly simple technique to master after just a few minutes of practice. To accomplish the weave basically all we do is to bring one of the pieces of vinyl rib over the top of the hook shank then overlapping this 1st section with the second section of vinyl rib. Take this second piece of vinyl rib and go under the hook shank up through the loop created by the first section crossing over the hook. Repeat this process back and forth to each side of the hook shank until you reach the ¾ mark on the shank. If this seems a little complicated several internet sites have a very detailed description of this technique with very good pictures. Simply search for this weave in your favorite browser.
After tying off the vinyl rib cut three inch long sections of paint brush hairs. Tie each of these sections in for the legs of the fly keeping them evenly spaced apart.
Lastly cut these legs off short then proceed to whip finish and cement the thread.