Caddis Flies are the main mid-summer and fall hatches


  • Caddis Dry Flies
  • Buoyant, but need treatment with floatant
  • Can be trimmed

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E/C Cutters Caddis, Tan, picture
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The two-tone body gives a huge advantage in fooling trout. The low floating vulnerability is hard for trout to resist.

E/C Cutters Caddis, Olive, picture
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These low floating flies are often hard to see on the water. Try fishing them in tandem with a Hot Wing Caddis that matches the same hatch, this combo will double your chances.

black elk hair caddis, picture
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Elk Hair Caddis, Black The black body elk caddis is a great fly for many hatches, and be trimmed to match many situation that you will encounter on most streams and lakes. In the smaller sizes these flies match actual caddis hatches. In mid-sizes they can match hatches of small winter stoneflies. In larger sizes they can become ants and beetles. The dark body shows against many backgrounds. This is a great fly at Oh-dark-thirty. ...

Brown Elk Hair Caddis, picture
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Elk Hair Caddis, Brown On a year around basis, brown may be the single most previlent caddis body color. The brown body elk caddis may be fished dry or wet. Many brown body caddis dive benieth the water surface to lay their eggs. If yo see trout making splashy rises and refuse your dry fly, wet your fly and presnt it with a wet fly swing. Often this trick will save an evening. ...

Elk Hair Caddis, Dun Elk Hair Caddis, Dun
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Many gray caddis hatch from watersheds west of the Cascade Mountains. These caddis often dive to lay their eggs, so that the gray elk hair caddis may be fished both dry or wet.

Elk Hair Caddis, Olive Elk Hair Caddis, Olive
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Olive body caddis come in many sizes and live in many varied habitats, from mountain streams, spring creeks, tailwaters, and even lakes. Some of these olive body caddis dive to lay their eggs, and during the late afternoon on some larger, richer rivers an olive body elk hair caddis fish wet on the swing like a steelhead fly can be the best trick available.

Elk Hair Caddis, Tan Elk Hair Caddis, Tan, dry fly, trout fly
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Elk Hair Caddis, TanMany caddis are light colored when they first hatch and a tan elk hair caddis is one of the flies that you always need in your box, when fishing nearly any river or stream.

Goddard Caddis, picture
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Goddard Caddis The Goddard Caddis is on of the great "back-eddy" flies for our local rivers such as the Deschutes where caddis flies hatch and die daily through the summer months. The trout in the larger eddies get quite a bit of attention from anglers and therefore get smart and selective. If your imitation has feelers you are much more likely to get sollid hooups.Apparently this pattern was first tied by John Goddard and Cliff Henry in Britain to imitate a caddis that swims across the...

Goddard Caddis, Rusty Goddard Caddis, Rusty
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During mid-summer on larger rivers of the west dead spawned-out reddish brown caddis will litter the surface of the water in the afternoons. Selective trout will often key on this easy fare and ignore nearly everything else.

Headlight Caddis, Olive
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Headlight Caddis, tan, picture
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Hemingway Caddis Hemingway Caddis
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The Hemingway Caddis was first tied by shop owner and fly fishing guide, Mike Lawson and named after Jack Hemingway, son of writer Ernest Hemingway. After nearly forty years this is still one of the best dry fly patterns to to fool a picky trout. This fly pattern is tied with section of duck wing quill laid flat over the body to simulate the tent syle win of a caddis at rest.

Henryville Caddis, picture
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The Henryville Special originated around 1920 in Henryville, PA, USA, which is in the Pocono Mountains in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania. It is tied with flat quill wings. These wings give a perfect silhouette. This is a great fly for fooling picky trout that are feeding in smooth tricky water. Sometimes the Henryville Caddis becomes even more effective when hackle fibers are clipped from the bottom, so it sits lower on the water.

Hot Wing Elk Caddis, Olive Hot Wing Elk Caddis, Olive
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Mid-day during summer months many trout like to lay on the shady edges under overhanging grass or trees. The transition between bright sunlight and deep shade can be visually chalanging to any angler. Same thing happens with the glare of late afternoon, just befor the full shade come onto the water. During these times you will remember why you bought the "Hot-Wing" flies., and you will be happy.

Hot Wing Elk Caddis, Tan Hot Wing Elk Caddis, Tan
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This may be the single best searching fly for many of the rivers of the west. This is a fly you want want to stock by the dozen.

Improved Sofa Pillow Improved Sofa Pillow
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This old fly is still overall the most popular pattern for the salmonfly hatch in our area. It floats well and is very durable.When fish get picky, often a size change can turn the trick, so carry several.

Kingreys Better Foam Caddis, Black, picture
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This caddis dry uses sealed cell foam for the body, allowing these flies to float high even in rough water. The high flotation body allows these flies to be skated. For picky fish trim the wing on the sides to narrow the silhouette.

Kingreys Better Foam Caddis, Olive Ks Better Foam Caddis
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Kingreys Better Foam Caddis, Tan, picture
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This caddis dry uses sealed cell foam for the body, allowing these flies to float high even in rough water. The high flotation body allows these flies to be skated. For picky fish trim the wing on the sides to narrow the silhouette. Also a very good Aquatic Moth pattern.

Parachute Caddis Schroeders Parachute Caddis Schroeders
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California trout guide, Ed Schroeder developed this pattern for use on Sierra rivers. This is one of the favorite mid-summer back-eddy flies for the lower Deschutes River in Oregon. We often trim down the wing post a little to make it less visible.

Quigleys Midget Caddis Quigleys Midget Caddis
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Quigley's Midget Caddis In the PNW, caddisfly hatches are a major food sources for trout from spring to late fall. Having the right caddisfly patterns can make the difference between catching just a few fish or many. Bob Quigley will be remembered for the many innovative fly patterns he originated for fishing trout and steelhead. When copying nature Bob threw the book away, often starting from scratch when portraying some hitherto unseen facet of a hatch. Often his flies were immediately...

Silveys Sub-Merger Caddis Silveys Sub-Merger Caddis
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Brian Silvey, Silvey?s Sub-merger Caddis - Designer:The development of the Sub-merger Caddis came out of observing my clients while I was guiding. There were swarms of Caddis every where but not many fish working the surface. My clients where fishing Elk Hair Caddis in riffles and having fish come up and refuse the fly. The few fish we hooked all came at the end of the drift when the fly sank.That night I went home and designed a Diving Caddis pattern to take advantage of my days observations....

Sloans Paralyzer October Caddis Dry Sloans Paralyzer October Caddis Dry
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October caddis is the big fall hatch that brings large trout to the surface to feed. The Paralyzer has a tightly stacked elk hair wing for maximum flotation and feelers for realism. The white wing post can be a real asset when fishing late into the evening.

X-Caddis X-Caddis
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Seated on the padded engine compartment of my anchored jet boat, I watched the boils in the soft, smooth flows caused by rhythmic feeding of a Deschutes redside trout. About fifty yards upstream from where the boat was nosed into the densely vegetated bank, there was an island that pinched the currents into a shallow side-channel. Under the boat the water was more than four feet deep and very slow. But the flow through the small channel made a tongue of slightly faster water that condensed all...

Yeagers Neversink Caddis, Tan Yeagers Neversink Caddis, Tan
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Because of the extreme floatation and visibility, Neversink Caddis are great to suspend a small nymph from as a strike indicator. Tie a two foot long section of fine tippet to the bend of the hook and attach a small nymph. Fish your two-fly rig upstream and watch the dry fly. If it hesitates in the current, set the hook. A fish more than likely has picked up your nymph. Set the hook gently.

Caddis Flies (also spelled caddisflies)

In the Pacific Northwest, caddis fly hatches are a major food source for stream trout from spring to late fall. Having the right caddis fly patterns can make the difference between catching a few fish, or many fish!


Caddisflies are a diverse group of aquatic insects that in the adult stage range in size from nearly microscopic to about 1 1/4 inches long. Caddisflies have what is called a complete life cycle, meaning that they have larva, pupa, and adult stages. Fish feed on all stages. Only the adult stage is covered here.

In the Pacific Northwest caddisflies probably trigger as much dry fly fishing as any other insect family, yet they are not well understood by many anglers. Unlike mayflies, which are virtually static while floating on the water, caddisflies normally are pretty active when they are hatching or laying eggs.


Caddis are delicate little critters. Most production artificial flies tied to represent caddisflies are much to bulky to fool educated selective trout, or even many of the stupid ones. The delta silhouette displayed in most production tied Elk Hair or X-Caddis patterns aren't very life like. This is okay though, because when on the water, it is often easier to remove rather than add material to a fly. A small pair of scissors can change the shape of an artificial fly pretty quickly.

Many caddis fly patterns are tied to be fished in rough water where maximum flotation is needed. Bulky flies ride the surface of aeriated water better than skinny ones. They are also easier for an angler to see and track. In fast water fish don't often have a long time to make up their minds. So standard tied flies work well under these conditions.

Most anglers think that October Caddis Dicosmoecus) only hatch in the fall as water temperatures are dropping. But as this is being written (July 22) there are giant orange caddis hatching in the upper Sandy River watershed...go figure?


But, in slower, smoother water the trout have more time to be discerning. Here is where trimming your fly can be very important. On a recent trip to the Deschutes, we fished a smooth riffle that has numerous large wild trout. There is a well defined trail along the shore, which means that it is not exactly a secret spot. Trout were rising as the sun came over the canyon rim. Caddis became even more active as the air temperature rose. I tied on my favorite X-Caddis only to encounter refusal after refusal. Out came the scissors and the fly was trimmed to the shape of the naturals and the next cast produced a fat fourteen incher, which was landed and released. Several casts later the fly disappeared in a tiny rise, and when the rod was lifted a big trout with a Godzilla attitude took thirty feet of line so fast that he broke the six pound tippet and kept my fly. The scissors made all the difference in how the fish responded to the fly.