Dubbed Cased Caddis

Created by Jeff Morgan


Caddis larvae that live in cases made from stone are not often found in the drift. However, caddis that build cases from plant material may drift and be eaten by trout. Further, storms on a lake may pump air into their cases and make them float, and trout will take them from the surface. For more information, see the article Caddis Larvae--Part I


This pattern comes in two variations: one has a lead-wire underbody and is drifted near the bottom. The other is a floater and is used on the surface of lakes.

How to Fish

Use tight line or trout indicator nymphing tactics when fishing with the sinking version of this fly.

Dress the fly with floatant and use chuck-and-sit tactics when fishing lakes. This approach is appropriate after a storm when you see some cases floating on the surface.

Tying Instructions

1. Debarb hook, place in vise, start thread.

2. Apply underbody, either lead wire or sparkle yarn.

3. Apply superglue over underbody to help dubbed deer hair stick.

4. Dub body for about 70% of hook shank.

5. Dub thorax

6. Tie in starling. Make 1-2 wraps.

7. Dub head, whipfinish and trim.

HOOK: Dai Riki 300 or 270, size 8-14


UNDERBODY: Sparkle chenille or yarn for floater, lead wire for sinking fly

BODY: Dyed deer hair. Blend mix of 40% brown, 30% cream, 20% olive, 10% black.. Dub onto thread and wrap.

THORAX: Cream or gray Haretron or sparkle dubbing

LEGS: Starling

HEAD: Black sparkle dubbing