Caddis Fly Fly

Caddis Fly

Classic dry fly, imitates adult caddisflies, buoyant elk hair wing, effective during hatches.

How the Caddis Fly is tied

The Caddis Fly pattern can be tied in various forms to represent different stages of the caddisfly lifecycle, including larva, pupa, emerger, and adult. The hook size typically ranges from 12 to 20, depending on the target species and specific caddisfly being imitated. Materials such as dubbing, wire, or thread are used for the body, while soft hackle feathers, deer hair, or synthetic materials can be utilized for legs, wings, and antennae. Bead heads, dubbed thoraxes, or foam can be added to create specific imitations of the various caddisfly stages.

What the Caddis Fly mimics

Caddis Fly patterns are designed to imitate various stages of the caddisfly lifecycle. Caddisflies are a diverse group of aquatic insects that are an essential food source for many fish species. This group has more than 14,500 species! You can read more about the insect group on Wikipedia here.

By tying Caddis Fly patterns in different sizes, colors, and forms, anglers can effectively imitate the specific caddisflies found in different fishing environments, increasing their chances of success when fish are selectively feeding on these insects.

Where the Caddis Fly is used

Primarily for trout and grayling, so from streams and rivers to reservoirs, but the Caddis Fly is very effective for other freshwater species as well. From the nymph to the adult stage, it's obviously important to 'match the hatch'. Observe what insects are around. If there's nothing to observe, a nymph is your best first choice. Start deep, on the bottom if possible, and then work your way up.

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Fish you can can fly fish for with the Caddis Fly


Brook trout

Brown Trout


Cutthroat Trout

Golden Trout



Marble Trout

Rainbow Trout





Caddisflies (Latin: Trichoptera)

The Caddis Fly mimics one or more species from the insect order Caddisflies

Latin: Trichoptera

Caddisflies are aquatic insects, closely related to moths, with larvae that construct protective cases from various materials found in their environment.

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