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Caddis storm

Posted by Steve Galea at

This little caddis fly, about a size 12, took over my favourite river last week and shut down the fishing until the hatch was over. The back eddies and riverside bushes were literally loaded with these. Fish were rising sporadically and steadily at times too, but there were so many on the water that it seemed like getting a fish to bite your fly would be like winning a lottery.
I cycled through caddis patterns from larva to emergers and dry flies and came up with nothing. My buddy Mac picked up one trout on an oversized Humpy variant. Go figure.
This is in stark contrast to our previous visits in which we had great days. Next year, during the last week of May, I need to be thinking about how to fish this hatch. (Streamers didn't seem to work either.)

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