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Does anyone have a good pattern/technique for fishing a black caddis hatch? I was recently on a piece of water and the trout we

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  • Does anyone have a good pattern/technique for fishing a black caddis hatch? I was recently on a piece of water and the trout we

    Does anyone have a good pattern/technique for fishing a black caddis hatch? I was recently on a piece of water and the trout were blowing up everywhere, taking the black caddis that were hovering just above the water. I haven't been able to find a way to suspend my caddis fly 2 inches above the water. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I was about to try a net!!!

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    try skittering your caddis imitation across the surface.Caddis are a very active insect during hatches, and sometimes adding movement to your fly helps fool trout.

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      Skittering a black elk hair caddis might work. But if the trout are coming out of the water they might be hitting emerging pupae rather than targeting caddis flies above the water. Caddis flies hatch and fly off very quickly once the pupae hit the surface film. Might try dead drifting an emerging pupae pattern and letting it swing toward the surface at the end of the drift.

      Rather than guessing try using a bug net in the water to see if there are pupae and note their color.

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      • #4
        In England poachers would tie caddis onto a string and dangle them down a foot or two. Two guys would hold the string on each side of the river and bounce the caddis up and down over the water. It was a killer technique which is probably why it's illegal.

        My buddy and I did it in PA and caught a creek chub. We were laughing so hard we never bothered to do it again.

        Other than that, tying some heavy hackeled caddis and skittering them over the surface works great.

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        • #5
          Thanks fellas.......unfortunately the monsoon season has hit and I've not been able to try any of these. I am going to do some research on "skittering" a caddis. I have an idea but I'm betting there is a technique to it.

          Regards,

          Wags

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