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Fly of the Month

April 2016


  Black Caddis

When fishing many streams in the Poconos and NE PA you'll run into a hatch of black caddis. In the early season a hatch of Chimara caddis, usually in size #18, can really turn the fish on to surface feeding. From the end of May on if you watch the water you should notice hatch of black caddis flying low over the water. Another good place to see black caddis is along the shoreline, many times the trout move in to feed on them. Many times egg laying black caddis can trigger a feeding frenzy.



Hook - Dry fly #16 - 18

Thread - Black

Body - Black dubbing

Wing - Black hen hackle; burn using caddis wing burner tool, tie flat over the back of the fly.

Leave hackle stems to represent antenna.

Hackle - Black


If you're tying an egg laying caddis tie in a bright green egg sack.



John Lazar

Fly tied by John Lazar

Black Caddis

The Lacky Sunken Stone is a variation of a salmon fly pattern created by the late Nick Nicklas of West Yellowstone MT.  Nick's pattern was tied with an orange body on a 6xl hook in sizes 4 and 6.  He also tied golden stones on size 8 hooks.  Fortunately we don't need such large flies to imitate the good yellow stonefly hatches that we usually see during May and June on the Lackawaxen.  We've slightly modified Nick's original to match our stones.  The original was tied without legs and is quite effective that way.  The fly is essentially several elk hair caddis tied in succession along the hook with rubber legs tied in "X" style as shown in the picture.  Begin by tying in the deer hair tail (which actually imitates the extended wing of the natural), cover the butts of the hair with dubbing.  Tie in a clump of deer hair so that the tips reach back to approximately the middle of the preceding clump. Cover the butts with dubbing and keep repeating the process until you reach the eye of the hook.  The last clump is finished off by trimming the butts as shown.  If  using the legs tie them in at the next to last clump.  Cover the tie in with dubbing and proceed to the final clump.



Hook  :  Dry fly; #10, 2xl and 3xl

Tail  :  Natural deer hair

Wing  :  Natural deer hair

Body  :  Yellowish dubbing

Legs  :  Medium tan centipede legs (optional)

Alan Bowers

Fly tied by John Lazar



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