November 2011

Hemingway Caddis

Chris Wasta

Hemingway Caddis

Hook: Standard dry fly hook, size 16
Rear hackle: Medium Dun
Abdomen: Gray, Olive, or tan dubbing, depending on local caddis color
Underwing: Clear antron
(Traditional is duck flank)
Overwing: Folded duck or goose flight feather
Front Hackle:Medium dun or grizzly

Tying and fishing notes:
I tie this fly in sizes 14, 16 and 18, with size 16 being by far the most useful. I substitute the duck flank with clear antron for the underwing because the female caddis dives underwater to lay her eggs and I feel the antron mimics the air bubble she takes with her underwater. Sometimes when fishing this fly in the evening, if short strikes or non-agressive strikes occur, I'll pull the fly under, resulting in much harder takes and more hook-ups. This fly was particularly effective in July and August, late afternoon and evening.

Photograph ©2011 by Marv Slind