Conserving, protecting and restoring Northeastern Pennsylvania’s cold water fisheries
and their watersheds
Pike - Wayne Chapter #462
Fly of the Month
This pattern by John Juracek and Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone
MT is probably one of the easiest caddis emergers to tie. Originally developed to
fish the prolific Hydropsyche hatches on the Madison River below Quake Lake it is
effective anywhere these widespread insects occur. Note that the body is dubbed
very roughly and the wing is tied in a loop which extends to the bend of the hook.
This loop is tied flat over the body so that when viewed from underneath it appears
as a halo. The trailing shuck is sparse and approximately the length of the body.
The overall appearance of the finished fly should be quite shaggy. All the materials
can be obtained from Blue Ribbon Flies (406-646-7642 or www.blueribbonflies.com).
Hook : Dry fly #12 - #20
Shuck : Crinkled zelon - caddis amber or
Body : Zelon dubbing - light tan, rust, or
Wing : Zelon - Lt. gray or white
Head : Hare’s ear or zelon dubbing
Note : In the almost 20 years since this fly first appeared in my Fly of the Month
column in our original newsletter it has become my number one go to caddis imitation.
It works both East and West wherever caddis hatch. Vary the size and color scheme
to match the caddis hatches where you fish.