Second to the Blue Winged Olive hatch, the Black Caddis emergence is the second most consistent hatch we have on the Bighorn. These size 16 and 18 insects bring fish to the surface with regularity throughout August and September. They can emerge throughout the day, but often become more prolific before dark. The pupa, adult and egg laying adults are the stages of the life cycle that are most important for the fly fisher to imitate.
Must Have Black Caddis Patterns for the Bighorn
Poodle Sniffer – Named after its creator BA head guide David Palmer, this black caddis pupa imitation is very effective on the Bighorn. The chartreuse wire rib is the key to this fly.
Dill’s Caddis Pupa – create by longtime Bighorn Guide Dave Dill catches fish while trout are keying into pupa ascending to the surface.
Green Wire Pheasant Tail – The dark green rib and large flash make this fly very attractive to the fish. Most likely taking this fly as a caddis larva, it is simply deadly when the black caddis hatch is around.
Palmered Caddis – A great adult caddis pattern that floats high on the water and is easy for anglers to see. Great point fly to drop another dry behind or a pupa in the surface film.
Dill’s CDC Black Caddis – is the most consistent black caddis dry out there. The cdc wing allows this fly to float well yet sit low on the surface like the naturals.
Bubbleback Caddis – is the fly for the picky fish. This pattern sites low in the film and imitates a pupa transitioning into an adult and is deadly effective when fished well.
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