Goddard Caddis

Created by John Goddard



HOOK: 1X fine wire, standard shank, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 100 or equivalent. Sizes 10-18


BODY: Natural caribou, spun and clipped

ANTENNAE: Brown hackle stems

HACKLE: Brown, or brown and grizzly mixed



Unlike mayflies, adult caddis are not especially vulnerable to trout when they first hatch. However, they are long-lived (compared to mayflies), and often fall or are blown onto the river. So adult imitations work well any time of year caddis are hatching.

With its clipped hair body, the Goddard Caddis will float high in roughest water, yet still maintain a realistic profile. Because it's used in rough, fast-flowing water, trout don't get a real close look at it.

Because this dressing is so buoyant, it skates well. This makes it useful when fishing a traveling sedge hatch on a lake.



The generic color of this pattern comes close enough to matching many caddis species, without being a precise imitation of any. Vary only the size to match prevailing insects.

This dressing's long antennae are useful when imitating lake-dwelling caddis species, many of which have very long antennae. On rivers, the antennae can be shorter.


How to Fish

Dress with floatant and use standard dry fly presentations. The best places are usually near the bank, especially downstream or downwind from overhanging trees or other vegetation.



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