The Caddis....many a book as well as countless articles have been written about this little fly. The caddis is one of my favorites because when I usually cast it on the stream it almost always brings a strike, and most times just as soon as it touches the surface. Another plus for this fly is that it can be seen most anytime of the year, and that's why it's so readily taken. I love small streams these streams are not insect factories and hatches of mayflies are sporadic at best but I have seen caddis flies on all of the streams I have fished.
The caddis does not have the delicate beauty of the mayfly as it lights on the water but instead it takes on the appearance of a tough lumberjack.
These are a few of my caddis patterns. The first one has an olive thread base with some natural hares mask dubbing. The wing is a badger hackle.
This one has a orange thread base with hares mask dubbing and badger hackle. These differences are minor but you know how some trout are.
This fly uses a thread base, hares mask dubbing along with a few fibers of elk hair and badger hackle.
Here I have used both elk hair, with CDC.
These flies are tied in size 14, and 16 would be good also. I have tied caddis patterns in size 8 and 10 and they work very well. "Are you familiar with my BA Caddis"?