the Backstop Caddis

backstop_caddisdesigned by Paul Slaney, tied by Hans Weilenmann

primarily designed as an ‘in the surface’ or drowned/washed-away just below the surface caddis imitation -something in my opinion that’s unfortunately missing from pretty much most angler’s boxes-  this pattern has all the right trigger points and profile to do the job and do it well. the Tiemco 2499SP is one of my all time favourite barbless hooks. an extremely well designed one that hooks up better than most and keeps the fish on until the fish is inside the net. for this pattern, it’s slightly heavier weight (than an average dry fly hook) will help it stay in the right zone. easy and simple to tie, here’s a go-to pattern well worth having and something i wouldn’t hesitate for a second to use even when there’s no caddis around. enjoy !

21 thoughts on “the Backstop Caddis

    • I have my doubts… And I do have fly tying materials and hooks for about a million flies floating around in various boxes and bags.

      • like most of us do… but ! i’m working on sifting through all the stuff i have i won’t use and am looking for an organisation or something similar, preferably that helps kids or the handicapped to discover fly tying.
        come to think about it, it might be nice to organise this as a group effort ?
        i think i’ll write a little post about this and share it on the social medias.

  1. Just found this video and love the pattern. Wondering if the fly is treated at all, if so what with? including for recovery from fish slime. Now to get some z-lon.

    • hi Pete, depends where you want the fly to sit.
      high- Gink it all. (i prefer Loon Aquel but Aqueling hasn’t become a widely understood verb yet)
      low- just the dubbing head and deer hair.
      it’s meant to sit low so i probably wouldn’t bother. as for slime, like any other fly, rinse it off thoroughly in water, dab it through a drying patch and a follow with a few false casts before presenting the fly again.
      hope this helps, thanks for stopping by !

      • Thanks Marc for your prompt reply. What you do on your site is highly appreciated.
        Your answer makes sense and better still it is simple. I had over complicated the material combination based upon other people’s worries about CDC and Gink. I’m looking forward to more fishing and less thinking.

        • you’re welcome Pete and thanks for the kind words !
          i understand what you mean about treating cdc (although i never do it myself)
          for me, its use in this fly is to create somewhat of a lively moving impression of body and legs between the shuck and wing, not as the fly’s primary flotation material.
          in other words, the cdc should be more effective/attractant if its in the surface film rather sitting on top.
          as an aside, its good to keep in mind how great cdc is on nymphs and wets. all those little barbules move very easily and give a strong impression of life.
          let us know how you get along with this pattern, ok ?

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