Catskill of the day. All dressed in white on a TMC hook.
I just discovered Hans Weilenmann‘s channel on YouTube. This guy rocks! Here are a couple of his videos that really drew my interest. I think I ‘m gonna tie a few of these and give them a try tomorrow on the river. Oh, yes!! Finally… I am headed out fishing tomorrow… my first of the season!
This pattern goes by many names. That´s why I name it X-Caddis. It is originally meant to be an emerger. A very effective fly and it will do the job in many different situations. It is also a great fish-finder. What material you choose for the wing is free of choice. These are my variants.
The X-Caddis with a wing of snowshoe rabbit.
The X-Caddis with a wing of Cdc and lemon wood duck.
The X-Caddis with yearling elk.
The X-Caddis with deer hair.
These are two Jack Gartside patterns. They are tied to imitate emerging insects. As I have mentioned earlier he used aftershafts in many of his flies. Aftershafts are not the easiest material to use. Keep in mind that the aftershaft feather has a very fragile stem. If you find it difficult you can try using a electric gripping tool rather than a traditional hackle plier. They are also called EZ pliers. Always use a fairly gentle touch when winding these feathers.
This is the Philo Mayfly Emerger.
This is the Philo Caddis Emerger. This pattern also works very well when weighted. Both these flies should be tied in various colours and sizes to match the naturals.
These are two of the best imitations for adult caddis in my box. The Elk Hair Caddis is famous all over the world and works extremly well. The other pattern,Nelson Caddis, is not in that many fly boxes. In my time I have seen it only a few times in the boxes of other tyers. I use this one for the larger caddis and when river fishing. It floats very well and the fish love it. I have lots of good memories with fly…It deserves to be fished!
This is a Gary La Fontaine pattern. The wing is made from half deer hair and front wing is yellow or orange calf tail. I find it to be a good caddis pattern, especially when fishing in the afternoon. It is also a good attractor. It is a lighter version of his Double Wing fly. Also the classic blend of grizzly and brown hackle never go wrong in any caddis fly…
Jack Gartside created Sparrow as a nymph and it was his favourite subsurface pattern. I find it great for both deep or surface fishing. One of the key ingredients in his flies was pheasant. He used the whole skin and the aftershafts most of all. This fly really lives under water and can imitate many aquatic insects, even a little minnow. It is the fly to use when you don´t know what else to use. All except for the body is from pheasant. The body in the original pattern was made from a blend of squirrel, rabbit and antron. I use whatever dubbing I have in front of me at the time of tying. I like to tie it on the TMC 2312 hook. If you tie it with bead-chain eyes it becomes The Salty Sparrow…
Glue sticks are a lot of fun and can be used in many ways in fly tying. The ant pattern is one I have used for many years. I sometimes replace the hackle with cdc. Recently I have started using glue sticks to make eyes for saltwater patterns as well. If you want to you can strengthen them with varnish or epoxy. Simple and fast to make. The Kostis Hot-Spot is just made for fun. Kostis is the flyfisherman from Greece who runs the http://wildtrouthunting.wordpress.com/ blog. I recommend to check it out. The pattern is based on a picture from his blog. Experiment now!