Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Caddis, Brook, Brown and Rainbows

The month of May here in the east has been wet, and gray (Chicago gray).  On the upside when the water levels are good and when wadeable the fishing is stellar.

One of the patterns that's been working well this spring is my Anchor Caddis.  A variation on Hans Stephenson "The Bomb."  It's a generic Caddis Larva that I tie with or with out legs.

Anchor Caddis

Hook: Mustad 3399 Size 6 - 10
Head: Tungsten Bead to Match Hook
Weight: .032 Non-lead Wire
Thread: Olive 6/0
Tail: Natural CDC
Ribbing: Green Wire
Abdomen: Olive Squirrel Dubbing
Hot Spot: Hairline Hot Orange UV Ice Dub
Thorax: Hairline Black UV Ice Dub
Legs*:  Hungary Partridge or any Hen Hackle.

Here are the results:

Your results may vary.


  1. Liking the caddis....... And the fish ain't bad either. Nice!

  2. That is a great looking fly. I really dig the different segments of material used to form the body. Holy huge Brook Trout. Nice pics and fish.

  3. Hans version geezz must sink like a rock! I do like the green rib on yours. I am very low on beads so I will be doing one with a lot of lead wire and hope it turns out good. Thanks for posting