Last week on the Farmington I noted a substantial number of black caddis, about a size 16, hatching in the afternoon. I’d never seen them in that number before. While I had some patterns in my box (Stewart’s Black Spider, Starling and Herl) that matched the hatch, I wanted to tie up something that I could pretend was my own. This borrows from Leisenring’s Black Gnat and the S&H. On a stouter hook –and with a bead head — it would make a fine steelhead fly as well.
Black Caddis Spider
Hook: Size 14-16 wet fly
Body: Black pheasant tail
Rib: Extra fine copper
Tying notes: A very simple tie. I used three pheasant tail fibers for the body. Counter-wrap the rib to reinforce the body, and play around with different color wires. I went for a longer-fibered starling hackle with this fly.
I tied something very similar last week. Tied mine on a long shank 18 dry. I used black silk for the body with a startling collar. They loved it. Last week anyway. Thanks for the posts.
No worries. Thanks for sharing your pattern, too.
Enjoyed your presentation last week at EJTU meeting on the Farmington
My wife & I have been fishing your river for the last few years it is a beautiful river its just the long
2 hour ride getting up there from Wayne, NJ We have stayed in Torrington a number of times.
Hope to see you streamside some time in the future.
Ken Vander Pyl
Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for coming out. Be sure to say hi if you see me.