The Black Caddis Spider

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
Thread: Black
Body: Black pheasant tail
Rib: Extra fine copper
Hackle: Starling
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.

4 comments on “The Black Caddis Spider

  1. Brian Labowsky says:

    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.


  2. Ken Vander Pyl says:

    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

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