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Old 05-04-2010, 11:47 AM
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Hi everyone,
I want to start tying caddis larvae and pupae and I need some opinions on what your favorite flies are. Also, it would be very helpful if I can have the recipes for your favorite patterns.

Thanks for the help!

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Here is one very nice fly by Rune Stokkebekk.

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Barr's Graphic Caddis! Here is a link showing how to tie:
http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/flybox/detail.cfm

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Plus one LaFountaine Sparkle Caddis pupa.

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Plus one LaFountaine Sparkle Caddis pupa.

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Default Re: caddis larvae and pupae

A great caddis larva pattern and simple tie is the Green Rockworm. You can do the google thing for a bunch of variations, but it's basically just a bright green body made from dubbing, v-rib, or twisted antron, and short thorax/head of dark brownish black dubbing. It imitates the free living Rhyacophelia larva found in riffles throughout the country (and fast sections of all your free stone streams in NJ/NY/PA). The same basic tie in a tan body with brownish black thorax/head is a good imitation for net spinning Hydropsche caddis larva, also found in your neck of the woods and throughout the country.

I haven't fished them much but a Peeking Caddis is another caddis larva pattern and imitates many cased caddis including Brachycentrus species that go by various names including grannom, Ligt and dark Shad Flies and Apple and Popcorn Caddis).

For caddis pupae, as folks have said LaFontaine's Emergent Sparkle Pupa and Deep Sparkle Pupa patterns are tough to beat. They can be tied in many different colors, but Bright Green with Tan shroud has been the most productive for me and is a good imitation of many caddis pupa (including Apple Caddis).

Old School traditional patterns like Leadwing Coachman wets and softhackles like Peacock and Partridge, Partridge and Orange/Green/Yellow also do a pretty good job of imitating caddis pupa. The peacock body/dark gray or brown wings does a very good imitation of darker Brachycentrus caddis (Grannoms etc) that are very widespread in our area.
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Default Re: caddis larvae and pupae

Bobby, here's a simple caddis larvae I tye, you can add a bead head if you want.

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Hook: scud type hook, 12 - 18
Abdomen: Caddis Green Ice Dub
Thorax: Peacock Ice Dub

Very easy to tye, but effective...

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Default Re: caddis larvae and pupae

Thanks for the help guys. I should be going fishing next weekend. Ill stop at the shop, pick up some materials and tie up some flies. Ill post them in this thread Saturday or Sunday night and ill add some pics of any fish I catch too.

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