Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gray Caddis Larva


This pattern has been dressed after the fashion of a soft hackle rather than in a larval form, Sens-style, and it uses silver wire rather than oval tinsel.

Hook:

8-16
Thread:

Dark brown
Rib:

Fine oval tinsel or wire
Body:

Dark grayish muskrat fur dubbing
Thorax:

Dark brown fur dubbing
Hackle:

Dark partridge hackle fibers



In Nymphs (1973), Ernest Schwiebert prescribes many soft-hackled flies or flies based on traditional soft hackles to imitate caddis flies in general. He explains that the “Gray Caddis Larva is an extremely versatile pattern in all sizes, and both [the Gray and Yellow Caddis Larvae discussed alongside the Gray] are fine imitations of the Hydropsyche flies."

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