Peeping Caddis

Peeping Caddis

Hook: Medium- or heavy-wire, 2X- or 3X-long nymph hooks, sizes 14 to 4.
Thread: Brown gel spun or Kevlar, or your favorite brand of extra-strong thread.
Weight: Nontoxic split shot, sizes AAA to No. 6. Tether the spilt shot to the hook using a piece of 10- to 15-pound-test monofilament. Note: The size of the spit shot depends upon the hook size, and speed and depth of the stream.
Larva head: Cream, white, very pale green, or very pale yellow Acrylic yarn. Also try stiff rug yarn. Note:Wool yarn will not work.
Legs: Well-marked partridge, grouse, or quail hackle fibers. You may substitute with fine rubber legs.
Case: Tightly packed, spun deer hair. Trim the hair close to the hook to imitate a fine sand larva case. Dark hare’s-ear dubbing—trimmed close— creates the appearance of debris. Very dark quill fibers such as crow, dark turkey, or hen pheasant tail—cut, crumpled mixed, and then trimmed close and picked out—look like woody debris. Large, soft, black, or dark brown hackle, wrapped very close and trimmed square, gives a crossed-stick effect. Use any of these techniques to imitate the cased-caddis larvae in your local stream.

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