So my last trip to Valley Creek for wild Brown Trout was a bit of a strikeout but I did catch something special…
Yep, you read that caption right. I caught this Caddis Larvae on my good old 5 wt rod. (In his defense he was doing his best to hide in a big clump of moss)
I’ve decided that getting skunked while fly fishing is a good thing. As a fly fishing rookie, it’s more important for me to get snubbed, grow my skills, and walk away with knowledge, than to catch fish (for now).
“Catching” this bug was a gift. It was toward the end of my trip and I was tired, but as soon as I eyed the bug I knew this was my chance. No fish were biting but Valley Creek itself was sending me a message. Try this.
With a few detailed photographs and my fledgling fly tying skills, I decided to play around and see if I could come up with an acceptable Caddis Larvae fly. Not one for following everyone else’s path I decided to “freehand” four different fly ideas.
I’ve included my “concepts” in this post because I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts…
All of these ties are on #14 scud hooks. My first fly for the night was mostly green wire with a little ice dubbing for legs. I didn’t think I’d like this one so much but after looking over everything a day later this one is a favorite.
For my second I tried to mix up the dubbing color with some olive and red and put some stretch tubing over the top. I’m not a fan of this one.
The third one in my opinion left a little to be desired. Perhaps if I could swap the color of the dubbing and the wire rib.
My last tie for the night was easily my favorite. Extremely simple too. Green and black ice dubbing and that’s it. After giving it a good brush I cut the dubbing back a bit. Next time I tie this one I’m going to add better legs.
As a rookie I choose to not always follow the beaten path. I’m sure I’ve lost lots of fish because of it but at the end of the day I know the hard knocks I take will teach me to be more than just a cookie cutter angler.
So here’s your chance to troll. Feel free to tell me what you like and what you hate. Feel free to tell me I should stick to my spinning rod. Your opinion is yours and I’ll try my hardest not to delete it! (: