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Fly of the Month
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.
Fly tied by John Lazar
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.