Once again it’s Caddis time here in the Rocky Mountains.Like all hatches it starts down low then works it’s way up river.You follow it upstream,with hopes of eager trout eating adults that are skittering across the surface of the river.
Fishing Larvae and Pupae Imitations produces great results,as the trout key in on their activity,migrating to the shallows then hatching.
You load up on fish when concentrating on theses stages but the fun is floating down river looking for trout eating adults.CDC and Parachute Patterns along with accurate casts and drag free drifts get it done,sloppy does not.
Unlike May Flies,Caddis Flies don’t have the respect or romance that that family of bugs receives.However the first Caddis hatch usually means that we are out of the cold,as they need warm temps to get them active.
It also means that more good hatches and times are just around the corner,namely P.M.D.’s and Golden Stones.
The caddis will hatch all season long,culminating with the Grand Daddy of them all The October Caddis,which as it’s name suggests symbols the arrival of Fall.
From start to finish the Caddis are there throughout the season providing great Dry Fly opportunities .On rivers ranging from Big Tailwaters to small Freestones Caddis Flies make for good fishing times,just be sure you get out there to enjoy it.