Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tying the Colorado Caddis

I first saw this little bug over on Midgeman's old blog and being the simple little thing it is, I fell in love with it.  After tying and fishing a few of these things, I knew that they would always have a place in my box.

Tying the Colorado Caddis from Juan Ramirez on Vimeo.
The Colorado Caddis, tied in either green or cream, will cover most of your caddis species during the hatch.  This little bug will work well when there is not a hatch too.  Tie it heavy or light, It will work well for you.


  1. nice! this is very similar to gary lafontaine's sparkle pupa-- basically this pattern in orange is my favorite pattern for october caddis...


    --brian j. (ex. renotroutenvy)

  2. Killer looking fly, what size is this little jewel?

  3. Brian!!! Where is the new blog buddy? Yea, this is similar, but a bit different and I like the look of this one better than Lafontaine's bug.
    Bill-This one is tied in size 16. I tie them in 14-18.

  4. Stellar bug, Juan! I must have missed it on Midgeman's stuff before he switched blogs.

    I don't have access to Facebook at work so I am going to ask my question here. What kind of camera do you use to film your flies? Your videos turn out amazing. Any idea how I can get them on my iPod since I can't get Vimeo on it?

  5. That's an oldie, but a goodie Juan! Glad it's fishing for you...

  6. Scott,

    As far as I know, you can only get the videos to play on iPods or iPads if you are a Plus member. Of course, you have to pay for that. There might be some 3rd party software you could use but....
    As for the camera and set up, I hope to do a post on this soon. I have had several people ask. And thanks for all the comments everyone! I appreciate it.


  7. I've always wondered how to consistantly get the hackle to lay back at an angle on the various caddis pupae patterns. Great little technique using the bead like that.

  8. sure isn't the Colorado Caddis developed by Bob Good of Denver, Colorado.

    thread: black
    shellback: natural gray duck quill section
    boddy: yellow yarn or dubbing
    Hackle:Black tied as a collar

    reference: Fish Flies Vol 1 page 344 Terry Hellekson