Female caddisflies die after ovipositing and once their
muscles have relaxed they offer a distinct and large silhouette,
and an easy meal. They are taken during the night and early
in their morning. The problem with tying spent caddis is
similar to tying adults, the wings need translucency and a
sharp silhoutte. [This specifically is the Little Olive
Caddis, tie to match your local caddis.]
Hook size: Tiemco 100, sizes 18 - 20.
Body: Green spun fur or synthetic dubbing.
Wing: Partridge body feathers.
Legs: Tan hackle.
Head: Black thread.
1. Dub the body two thirds up the hook shank.
2. Tie in two partridge feathers pointing back so that the
nearest edge of the feather is close to, if not touching the body.
3. Tie-in slightly larger wings and figure-eight around them to
make them perpendicular to the hook shank.
4. Wrap three turns of dry fly hackle between the front and
5. Wrap the head. Tie off and cement.
~ Carl Richards and Bob Braendle
Notes on this Fly:
Publisher's Note: While some will claim the spent
caddis is not important as trout food, keep in mind caddis are
one of the most available trout foods from coast to coast.
It does need to be fished late or very early morning.
Credits: Excerpt from Caddis Super Hatches, by
Carl Richards and Bob Braendle, published by Frank Amato Publications.