Diving Caddis

Created by Gary LaFontaine


Several caddis species lay their eggs by crawling down rocks to the river bottom, or by diving into water and swimming to the bottom. Either way, many female caddis end up drifting in the current and are taken by trout.

Tie this pattern sparse.


Abdomen and wing colors are chosen to match the natural insect, but keep in mind that caddis turn darker as they get ready to lay their eggs. The most popular body colors are dark brown, dark olive, and black.

How to Fish

When caddis are seen to be laying eggs, present the fly on a wet-fly swing or dead drift it near the bottom with the tight line or trout indicator presentation.

HOOK: 1x heavy, standard length, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 9300. Sizes 14-18


BODY: Antron, color to match natural

UNDERWING: Partridge

OVERWING: Clear Antron