**Disclaimer...I'm a week behind in posting this , as I type this we are currently enjoying a beautiful Friday totally free of winters wrath...for now.**
Someone around here must have really pissed Mother Nature off. Just when I think we might actually be turning the corner on this long winter season , along comes another wintry blast. It's spitting sleet and freezing rain right now as I look out my window and the forecast is for more of the same tomorrow followed up with 5-8 inches of snow. Last week I was chasing tailing carp in shorts and a t-shirt and this week I'm sitting at the vise filling flyboxes...Bah Humbug!!
I've been hearing reports about the caddis hatch down on the White River here lately and after a quick look inside the nymph box decided I could use a few more patterns that imitated said bug species. I'm no entomologist by any stretch of the imagination , but I spend enough time on the water to know what works for me when the fish in the area are keying on Spring caddis hatches. I can't honestly say that all or even the majority of caddis species I encounter are of the genus "Rhyacophila" , but I do know that a pupa pattern imitating this bug will catch fish consistently on all of the trout waters that I frequent here in the midwest.
When it comes to subsurface fish it's always hard to beat a good pupa pattern. There are lots of patterns out there for this stage of caddis and in my experience all of them will catch fish when the trout are really keying in on the hatch. Often times a #14 caddis hook wrapped with lime green thread and a beadhead is all you need to fool these fish , overly simple I know , but it works more often than not. My latest go-to bug isn't much more difficult to tie ,it has a few more "bells and whistles" which may or may not make it more atractive to the fish , but I've had enough good days with it that I like it.
If you happen to be heading out to one of your favorite streams in the near future and need a caddis pupa pattern give this one a try , I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Here's the recipe for anyone interested :
Hook.......Gamakatsu Caddis Hook
Thread ....Black 6/0
Bead.......Tungsten (Gold or Black)
Underbody..(1) Caddis Green Dubbing Brush (2) Yellow/Olive Uni-Yarn
Overbody...Clear Nymph Tubing
Collar...Dubbing Brush (Dark Hares Ear)
Feather Collar.....Soft-Hackle feather (I use grouse)