Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Reliable Caddis Emerger

I have a few caddis emerger patterns that I've used throughout the years and they range from soft hackle styles to my wet fly version on the Moby Dick but this fly deserves some attention. Back cast 20 years ago to an evening on the Deerfield where the Cold River empties into the Deerfield. I'm fishing this pool with an old Millers friend, Rick Flamatti, and he is nailing one trout after another. He says he has a caddis emerger on and so do I BUT the results were night and day. My fly catches one, his fly catches many more. Finally he shows me the pattern and since that night I've kept a few, in different colors, with me. It looks very much like Tom Ames Caddis Emerger which it probably is but this fly predates his book and I thank Rick for it.

Tie it like this:

Hook - size 12-14 scud hook (wet or dry fly hooks work too)
Body - fuzzy gray or fuzzy tan depending on what's hatching
Hackle - dark partridge tied sparse behind the head
Head - I like ostrich either in in black or dark brown. Just two or three turns.

This fly works great just under the surface in choppy water.

It's a great fly and we should be using it in about three months which right now seems like years away!!



Anonymous said...


Could the head be tied with peacock?

Millers River Flyfisher said...

I've use peacock but prefer ostrich but I think that both would work well especially when the trout are going nuts!!!! I can hardly wait to those days/evenings in May and June when everything is "right" and this fly (and others) can do their magic!!

Bob O said...

Thanks for the tie Ken. I'm going to put a few of these babies in my box.

By the way, about the red serendipity you featured a couple of blogs ago: it was an awesome producer yesterday on the Swift - till I lost them in the trees. I used a couple of strands of red marabou for the head.

Thanks again for sharing. Much appreciated. - Bob

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Bob O,

Just got back from a weekend trip to NYC. I need to go fishing soon!!

Red marabou!! I'll try it out.


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ketchikanalaskafishing said...

Usually trout are under logs and behind rocks, you need to get their attention and get them to come out and attack.

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