Realistic Flies – Caddis Larvae / Pupa / Emerger – Set of 12 Flies
If there is a set of flies to have in your flybox, this would be the one. This collection of our realistic caddisflies brings you your favorite fly in three phases – larvae, pupa and emerger phase – it covers the whole pre-adult versions of this fly. These realistic flies are true representations of real, live insects. They have been carefully designed and crafted to have the looks, the size, proportions, shape and the weight of the real insects.
Realistic Caddis Larvae, Weighted features the caddis nymph segmented body shape, molded out of the silicone material and the characteristic caddis coloring, coated with a shiny, transparent coating. The silicone legs on the larger hook sizes (Realistic Caddis Larvae, Weighted, with Silicone Legs) add to the realistic look and more natural appearance and behavior of this fly. The pattern has been weighted so the fly falls to the bottom when in water, emulating the natural insect’s behavior.
Realistic Caddis Pupa has the silicone segmented body shape, the authentic coloring, finished with a shiny, transparent coating. The added feathery hackle gives it the final touch – the signature, hatching caddis wingcase. The hackle also imitates the natural air bubbles that form during this stage. It is of the perfect weight so the fly stays below the surface, in mid-water, emulating the natural insect’s behavior in this stage – when it rises from the bottom to the surface during the hatching phase.
Realistic Caddis Emerger has the same, caddis nymph segmented body shape, molded out of silicone, the authentic coloring, finished with a shiny, transparent coating. The sparkly head with big, prominent eyes has been added to imitate the emerging body of the adult insect. The transparent wings tied to the sides, peeking through a fluffy hackle add to the authenticity. The antennae adds a finishing touch to this amazing pattern. It is of the perfect weight so the fly stays subsurface, emulating the natural insect’s behavior in this stage – when it rises to the surface during the final, hatching phase.
These are the stages when caddisfly is most vulnerable, so fishing a caddis larvae/pupa/emerger pattern is definitely the most effective way to catch the trout during a caddisfly hatch. Our realistic caddisflies proved to be a great choice, even when trout is more selective. Make sure to have a couple of these during the caddisfly hatch – you’ll be amazed by the results.
Realistic Flies – Caddis Larvae / Pupa / Emerger – Set of 12 Flies comes in a choice of 4, most common caddisfly colors: Light Green, Brown, Green and Smokey, each with the following selection of flies:
- Realistic Caddis Larvae, Weighted, with Silicone Legs in hook size #10 & #12
- Realistic Caddis Larvae, Weighted in hook sizes #14 & #16
- Realistic Caddis Pupa in hook sizes #10, #12, #14 & #16
- Realistic Caddis Emerger in hook sizes #10, #12, #14 & #16
Caddis Larva/Pupa/Emerger Fly Fishing
Caddisflies are an aquatic insects that undergo a complete metamorphosis, they go from egg to larvae, then to pupal stage, and finally emerge as an adult. Most species go through this full process over the span of one year. Out of all the stages, the larval stage is the longest, taking about few weeks to few months. Most caddisfly larva are case-building, building the protective cases they live in, using the silk produced by their salivary glands. There are three major types of caddisfly larva, based on the way they use/make their casings: net-making, case-making and free-living caddisfly larva. Net-making caddis larvae usually live in running water, making their protective casings that act as protection but also as a means of collecting algae and plant food. Case-making larvae’s casings consist of silk and bottom debris: small rocks, sand and twigs. Free-living caddisfly larvae are more important to fly fisherman as these species live unprotected for most of their life and make casings just before going through the next life stage. Vulnerable like this, they are the most appealing food for trout. They live in running water, in riffles and defined currents. They cannot swim, but move around the river bottom using their front legs and posterior hooks.
When caddis larva starts hatching, this is when they become most vulnerable in their life-cycle. For trout, this is when it is easiest to grab them. In this stage, emerging caddis pupa starts drifting as they make their way rising to the surface. During this time they are going through the whole metamorphosis – their shack splits open as they struggle to get out of it and emerge as adult, flying caddis. This is probably when they are most available and easiest for the trout to grab them, as they are higher in the water column, immobile and helpless.
To fish caddis larva pattern, the best is to use the dead drift technique, presenting the fly along the river bottom. Using the strike indicator will help as the takes can sometimes be difficult to detect.
For fly fishing caddis pupa pattern, you can use a dead drift technique and present your fly lower, closer to the bottom, emulating a pupa that has just started to drift away. To emulate the emerging, rising pupa, present a fly a little higher in the water column. Dead-drifting is mostly recommended, but an occasional swinging or twitching at the end of the drift will do a great job of imitating the fly at this phase of their hatch.
To emulate the emerging, rising caddisfly, present a fly high in the water column, subsurface. Dead-drifting through a run is recommended, but a tiny swing or a twitch just before the end of the drift will do a great job of imitating the fly at this phase of their hatch.