Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Diving Caddis, Plus My Fly Box

The diving caddis, a wet fly that represents a caddis fly in the process of laying its eggs. I'm not certain who is the creator of this pattern but I have seen it tied by Mark Libertone. The materials consist of olive thread, green embroidery thread, gold tinsel for the rib, hares mask for the dubbing, and partridge for the hackle.




"The Diving Caddis"


I had a request to show my fly box. Here is the one I always carry. The selection as you see it is there for one reason "these flies work" I'm not afraid to fish these flies at any time of year. One of these days I'll get it in some kind of order...........I also carry a smaller box with my "go to best flies" which shall remain secret.


21 comments:

  1. Alan, I do a pattern very similar to that one only difference is I use a brighter green embroidery floss,very effective fly anywhere you have caddis,nice tie. I love looking at a fly fishermans fly box I think it reflects their approach to the game. I am jealous because no matter what Ido I cannot go down to only two boxes. We have such diversity of trout water in my area and I might fish two or three different ones in a day thus multiple boxes. When I target head water wild trout streams though I carry only one box of simple patterns, I have to say since I have been visiting your blog my one box is expanding. Thanks for the look. Maybe some day we will talk about the secret box ha ha.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad a brighter floss would be a better choice, sort of a hot spot. I use just the one box for small streams and like you I'll take multiple boxes for larger waters. I to enjoy looking at other anglers wares.

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  2. Excellent fly!! And I am sure all your flies are go to!!! I have seen you in action!

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  3. I also do a very similar fly here in the Yorkshire dales, I tend to use glowbrite green floss in yellow and green which acts as a target point for the fish, both have accounted for many trout & grayling over the years fished as point fly. Thats a tidy fly box.....mine looks like a bomb has gone off in it....lol

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    1. George
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      George, Brad also mentioned using a brighter wrap at the tail. Tidy maybe for the photo, it is much the same as yours at the end of an outing.

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    2. Cant beat a good old bomb going off fly box, I tend to find things easier that way anyway than everything in nice rows...organised chaos I call it..lol

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  4. Another great looking pattern Alan.
    A little off topic ... but have you ever wondered about the type of person the material supply company hires to rip the faces off of little bunnies?

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    1. thedeadfisher
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      John it's probably the same guy that gets us those beautiful capes.

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  5. That's what I'm doing wrong. If I made my fly box like yours, I wouldn't have to carry 35 fly boxes every time.

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    1. Mark Kautz
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      Mark 35 boxes...oh man!

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  6. Oh to have a fly box that screams LOOK AT ME! I'll show my disaster of a man cave but my fly boxes are an embarrassment.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard a man cave, now there's a plus. Unorganized fly boxes are boxes that have charm.

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  7. That caddis pattern (sedge in the UK) would be a Grannom imitation.

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    1. Grannom
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      The term "sedge" is also used here, although not as often.

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  8. Alan
    I like the touch of green here in this pattern, your fly box looks better organized than mine. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill I got the box all decked out for the blog...most times it's a disaster.

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  9. Great looking simple pattern. Very effective, I'm sure. Looks like a bunch of winners in that box, Alan. All of our boxes are a disaster after a few outings haha.

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    1. Justin Carf
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      Justin we are so meticulous as tyers, but neatness after a few hours on the water "oh man".

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  10. nice simple fly, i'll be adding a few to my box....SBS??

    (jest about the SBS)

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    1. Eunan
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      Eunan, simplicity is key in these flies.
      Salmon flies and Rangeley streamers not so simple.

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