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 !


“The question still abounds, ‘why do grayling love the colour pink?’ In the pink shrimp it’s fairly obvious, as our rivers do hold a number of these fresh water shrimps; however, it’s now a regular occurrence to see row after row of patterns in many angler’s fly boxes sporting patterns with pink bodies, pink thoraxes, pink ribs, etc.
One theory regularly discussed on the riverbank is whether the grayling (bottom feeders by default) think the pink, shiny shades resemble eggs. Another theory of course, is that this so called ‘Lady of the Stream’ is just that…a lady…and like her human counterparts (with their love for all things bags and shoes), she loves a bit of flashy bling! Of course, I couldn’t possibly comment on such a sexist theory! All I know is…pink works. ”

yeah, some things are better left unsaid… whether pink works or not  is neither here nor there for me because i’m simply not interested in catching a fish that goes that way… 😆

ok, kidding and silly guffawing aside, here’s a great step-by-step tutorial by buddy Gareth Lewis on making a heavy, bottom-dredging freshwater shrimp pattern that’ll work wonderfully with not only the horrid graylings but just about any insect-eating river fish (and some stillwaters) like trout, barbell, chub, carp and who knows what else.
simple, fast and easy to tie are prerequisites for this type of fly as dredging the bottom means hanging up on a regular basis with it’s ensuing ritual ‘offering to the flow’… but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have all the necessary fish-seducing elements and trigger appeal as they’re tumbling along the bottom of the stream and these have just that. by varying a few materials you can use the same  tying method and end up with beauties like these.

click the pink thing or HERE to access Gareth’s excellent step-by-step, enjoy !

Hydropsyche-farout-delic !

a wonderful Hydropsyche nymph step by step by Barry Ord Clarke via Mustad.

” In recent years, mostly through the success of the Czech national fly fishing team, this style of nymph has become extremely popular especially for short line river fishing. When tying this pattern there are a couple of points to note. Regarding weighting the Hydropsyche nymphe, you can apply as much weight as you require as an under body or in the form of tungsten beads under the thorax. Just try to retain the natural body shape. The plastic strip that we use as the shell back shouldn´t be made from a strip from a regular plastic bag, but of a much heavier gauge plastic. If you examine some of the plastic bags that contain your fly tying materials you will see that some are much thicker than others, especially at the top of the back where it locks, this is perfect for this pattern. If you have problems finding this heavy gauge plastic you can buy shell back or another similar material. When applying the dubbing, step 5, you should try and fade one colour of dubbing into the next so it appears to be a natural transition, this you can do when spinning the dubbing onto the tying thread. It also helps to brush the dubbing and open the fibres when on the hook. ”
tying instructions step by step  here

the Hydropsyche (Netspinning Caddis flies) larvae can generally be found in the faster moving parts of streams and rivers. they’re filter-feeders, eating algae, detritus, and particles of organic material captured in their nets. trout eat them like candy !
side view

seen from below

adult stage

bug info and pics via BugGuide. bon appétit !