|Chartreuse Wonder Larva|
|Amber Wonder Larva|
I came up with this little caddis pattern a few years ago for fishing the Arkansas River in Colorado. The Ark is one of my favorite places to fish. The fish are not generally big, but they are plentiful and pretty much eat anything you throw at them. The Ark has tons of caddis and the fish have access to them year around. This is a simple pattern only using a couple of materials. Simple fish usually don't require complex patterns, but I am a fly tier and tend to think so. This pattern utilizes a material called Wonder Wrap. Wonder Wrap is a Montana Fly Co. material and is very similar to span flex, sexy floss or any of the other stretchy materials out there. You can simply substitute to get what you need. All I do is slap a bead on a scud hook, wrap the Wonder Wrap down to the bend and build a thick-ish body and tie off near the bead. I then finish it with some black or dark dubbing behind the bead. I tie these in two colors. Chartreuse and a tan or cream color. If you want to spice it up a bit, hit the back of the fly with a marker to form a darker back strip. They are a great option to go to when the caddis are around, which is every day!
|The results of a simple pattern.|
Hook: Scud hook 12-18
Thread: Color to match body.
Bead: Black on Chartreuse and gold on Amber
Body: Chartreuse or Amber/Tan Wonder wrap or similar
Thorax: Brown and black rabbit dubbing or similar