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How-to Tie Caddis Larva

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I found a caddis larva on the business end of my hook recently and set out to try and mimic it. Then Hank and I went out and tried them on the water. This article features the inspiration, execution and insanity of being hopelessly obsessed with fly-fishing. The photo below is the inspiration.

 

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Praying Mantis Pictures

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I found this big bug in my driveway.  He was pretty shy, so I really had to chase him around to get these photos.  I've never heard of fish eating a praying mantis, but there are some fishing flies out there.

 

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Cricket Close-up Pics

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Fly fishing in general makes a much bigger deal about Grasshoppers than Crickets, but trout take them both with vigor.  I haven't done a formal study (so please correct me if I'm wrong), but it seems that Grasshoppers are seasonal and Crickets are perennial, at least here in California.  I seem to see Crickets all year.

I have trouble recalling with any detail what these little trout-morsels look like when I sit at my fly tying table.  What follows are tons of close-up pictures of different Crickets.  Enjoy.

 

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Messy Bessy Fly

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An easy to tie long floating dry fly inspired by Gary LaFontaine's "The Mess".  Thanks to the packing foam back and poly yarn wings this fly floats for a long time without shaking it out or even drying it off.  Perfect for long slow drifts on small streams where false casting to dry out the fly only decorates the trees.

 

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Wiggle Tail Nymph with Video

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Inspired by a youtube video which is embedded at the end of this article.  After watching the video I tied up a few and hit my local stream to try them out.  Below is one of the 3 I caught with this style of nymph.

 

Took Wiggle Tail Nymph

 

The person demonstrating the tying technique in the video doesn't try too hard to make the materials used easy to see.  It really doesn't matter though.  It's more a style of tying than an exact pattern.  I don't like to waste a perfectly good hook on the tail section, so I use a paper clip.  The tutorial that follows shows an over-sized nymph for the sake of photography.

 

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Quick Elk Hair Caddis

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Since I am new to fly tying I still struggle with elk and deer hair.  I use elk hair caddis dries frequently on my local streams, so I am constantly trying to figure out how to tie them quicker and better.  Nothing is more frustrating than tightening the thread just to have it spin the hair around the shank of the hook.

I used a pink thread body here so it's easier to see. This is what my elk hair used to look like.

 

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Skwala Stonefly

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Skwala Stonefly - From the East Walker River

 

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Beaded Caddis Nymph

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How to Tie the Beaded Caddis Nymph

This is an easy tie that catches fish on waters holding caddis larvae.  It isn't my pattern, I found it on a website that sells flies.  I spotted the overbody - invented by Gary LaFontaine - and thought I would tie up a few. 

 

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Recipe:

Hook: Tiemco 2487 #12
Thread: Olive 6/0
Body: Craft beads (I use glass)
Overbody: Tan sparkle yarn
Head: Nickle colored tungsten

 

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