Fly Tying: Easy Caddis Larvae

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A simple, buggy caddis larvae pattern.

Easy Caddis Larvae fly tying pattern

Caddis Larvae are easy patterns to tie that are always deadly on the water. You can keep these really simple, much like the real thing, and they always seem to produce.

Here is the recipe and some basic instructions for this fly:


Hook: Daiichi 1160 Klinkhamer (12-18)
Body: Hareline Hare’s Ear Plus Dubbing (Caddis Green)
Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire (SM – Green)
Thorax: Hareline Ice Dub (Peacock)

Tying it

  1. Lay down a tiny bit of super glue and tie in about 4 to 5 wraps of .015 lead wire.
  2. Lay a thread base and snip off tag end.
  3. Tie in your UTC wire and leave hanging off the rear of the fly.
  4. Dub the body up 3/4 of the shank.
  5. Wrap your UTC wire ribbing up and tie off to capture.
  6. Dub the thorax up to just behind the eye.
  7. Whip finish and apply just a tiny amount of head cement.

Since this pattern doesn’t use a bead, the lead wire is added for weight. You can add or subtract the lead wire as needed to get the overall weight you want. I tend to use about 4 or 5 wraps on this pattern.

I’ve found that the buggier and shaggier you can make these, the better. The Hare’s Ear Plus dubbing represents legs/gills really well on this pattern. I also tend to dub these flies just slightly meatier than normal. It seems like the thicker the body, the more trout like them.

Give this pattern a try, it’s always been a consistent winner for me.

Cory Perry
I'm a husband, father and fly fishing geek living in Greenville, SC. I'm down with slinging flies, tying flies and spending every minute I can enjoying the vast outdoors with my family and friends.

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