10/10/08

New "Perfect Fly" Caddisflies:

We have just received all of our "Perfect Fly"  Caddisfly Pupa imitations in. It is the
largest collection of commercially available caddisfly pupae imitations there are. If
you are familiar with caddisflies, you know as far as anglers are concerned, the
pupa is the most important stage of life of the caddisfly. Trout eat far more pupae
than larvae or adults.
Although many of us, including myself, had rather fish a dry fly, it is a simple fact
that you will catch far more trout on imitations of the pupa. There is a good reason
for this. In the larva stage of life, caddisflies are either in their case, crawling down
in and under the rocks on the bottom (free living) or suspended from rocks near
their nets catching food. When they change to a pupa, they are ready to hatch and
have one final objective before changing to an adult. They need to get from the
bottom to where they are going to hatch. If the particular species hatches on the
surface, then the pupa must get to the surface without being eaten by a trout. It is a
poor swimmer. They have what are called middle legs that they can use as paddles
to help but they mostly rely on gas bubbles to carry them to the surface. During this
time and during the time they are changing to an adult, they are easy, helpless
targets for trout. The adults (dry fly) are eaten by trout but probably represent less
than 5 percent of what are eaten in the pupae stage.
You fish the pupa depending on the species of caddisfly you are imitating. If they
hatch on the surface, you should fish the pupa imitation from the bottom to the
skim. If they hatch near the bottom, you should allow the fly to go to the bottom and
keep it there. Our "Perfect Fly" website will provide detailed instructions for fishing
each stage of life of each of the main species of caddisflies.

Copyright 2008 James Marsh