X-Caddis Fly


The X-Caddis is a realistic dry fly pattern that convincingly imitates adult caddisflies struggling to free itself from its shuck during emergence.

How it's tied

The X-Caddis is tied on a standard dry fly hook, incorporating materials that replicate the distinct features of a caddisfly and also enhance its floatability. The body is typically formed with fine dubbing in colors matching local caddis species, creating a slender and segmented profile along the hook shank.

The distinguishing characteristic of the X-Caddis is its deer or elk hair wing, tied in a forward-leaning manner (which also distinguishes it from from the Elk Hair Caddis), which gives the impression of a caddisfly struggling to free itself from its shuck during emergence. The deer or elk hair also aids in buoyancy, allowing the fly to sit enticingly on the water's surface.

A trailing shuck made of Antron yarn or Z-Lon is added to the rear, further enhancing the fly's realism. The shuck often contrasts with the body color, making the fly more visible to both the angler and the fish. The head is created by trimming and shaping the remaining deer or elk hair after tying in the wing.

What it mimics

The X-Caddis is designed to mimic adult caddisflies, particularly during the emergence phase when they are highly vulnerable and attractive to feeding fish. The trailing shuck and the forward-leaning wing create a lifelike impression of a caddisfly struggling to shed its nymphal casing, triggering predatory responses from trout and other species.

Where it's used

The X-Caddis is primarily used in rivers, streams, and lakes where caddisflies are prevalent. It is particularly effective during caddis hatches, as it offers a convincing imitation of the emerging insects. The X-Caddis can be dead-drifted to represent a struggling caddisfly or skated across the surface to imitate one trying to take flight.

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Fish you can can fly fish for with the X-Caddis

Brook trout

Brown Trout

Cutthroat Trout

Golden Trout


Marble Trout

Rainbow Trout



Caddisflies (Latin: Trichoptera)

The X-Caddis 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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