Tying a caddis larvae

named as a Czech Nymph by Hackles & Wings, what i’m seeing in this lovely bug is an all-purpous, any time, anywhere caddis larvae imitation that’s bound to be the ticket whichever method you choose whether that be tightline, cast up-across or downstream, on a dropper beneath a dry or indicator. as always, match colour and sizes to match your local bugs and include or delete the dubbing hotspot, specially if you’re targeting trout.
i seriously doubt the darkened head would ruin a hungry fish’s appetite so, in a pinch you can pull out dubbing from the rest of the body while on the water and have a gammarus/freshwater shrimp ready to go !

here’s the materials list-

Thread: Uni 8/0 Tan
Hook: Tiemco 2487 size 10 (ditch that and use a nice, similarly shaped barbless hook instead !)
Adhesive Lead Foil
Body: Rabbit Dubbing, light green and SLF
Hot Spot: Orange SLF
Thorax: Natural Hares Mask
Back: Body Stretch, transparent
Ribbing: Uni-french, gold and Nylon Thread 0.15mm

and here’s how to tie this little slim & trim quick-sinking beauty. enjoy !

a Nice and Nifty Knotted Knaddis Nymph

another super-nice tying tutorial for a more-than-realistic-enough caddis larvae imitation by Hammer Creek Fly Fishing

hammer creek knotted nymph

well explained and pleasant to listen to, we’ll get to easily assimilate the simple construction process of the woven body, a method easily transposed to many other insect types and patterns with any variety of different weaving materials. the mind’s the limit.
as noted at the end of the video and something i really like, is the light coat of varnish over the whole back portion of the fly to “melt everything together” giving the finished result ‘that special touch’ and a lovely translucency. enjoy !

on a personal note although not meant as criticism, i’d recommend not starting the body so far down the bend of the hook as this greatly reduces effective hook space (its fish-holding properties) or better yet, simply using a bigger sized hook with the same fly material proportions or finding a different hook with a wider gape such as the awesome Competition Demmon G600 BL.