Uncased Glossosoma

Created by Jeff Morgan


Saddle-case caddis (Glossosoma) larvae live under igloo-shaped cases made of small pepples and firmly attached to rocks. However, the larvae will sometimes leave their cases and drift downstream. They are highly visible to trout and are taken more often than anglers believe. This pattern imitates a drifting uncased Glossosoma.

For more details, see the article Caddis Larvae--Part I.

How to Fish

Use tight line or trout indicator nymphing tactics.

Tying Instructions

1. Debarb hook, place in vice, and start thread

2. Tie in fine gold wire.

3. Dub body, keeping it thin. Wrap body with wire.

4. Tie in starling. Make 1-2 wraps. Trim top and bottom.

5. Dub head, whipfinish, and trim.

HOOK: Dai Riki 310, size 16-18

THREAD: Dark brown

RIBBING: Fine gold wire

BODY: Cream or pink Haretron or other sparkle dubbing

LEGS: Starling

HEAD: Dark brown Haretron or other sparkle dubbing