Flipping over a rock On almost any body of water that you fish, Will most likely turn up some cased caddis.
But either way you look at it when, a caddis decides to head out on a behavioral drift with his buddies, or comes out of their case to start that rise to the surface.. they make quite the meal for a trout.
I doing this you can get a good match to what size you should be tying on, and in this case I went with almost a 10.
And when a tan caddis is on the menu, this is the fly I prefer.
Tan Caddis Jig
Hook: jig size to match the naturals; in my case size 10 down to 16. Smaller than that and I use a different dubbing material
Bead: tungsten to match
Ribbing: copper wire
Body: tan hares blend with squirrel guard hairs mixed in
Thorax: dark brown hares blend with squirrel guard hairs mixed in
(I also tie these two ways, I will also put a strip of holographic tinsel across the back. Tie it in with the wire and bring it forward over the dubbed body, tie it off and then wrap the wire)
This imitations can be fished year round, normally the way I Like to fish them in a normal flow is as an anchor fly, and about a foot and a half up I will tie on a small soft hackle or a mayfly imitation, then high stick through the riffles and lift the rod to swing on the end.
And while I could sit here and go into great detail about Caddis behavior, you may want to just check out my book review here, for the book below.
Its one you will definitely want to add to your collection!
I hope you will add some different caddis patterns to your fly box and fish them with confidence, because they have yet to let me down!