Hatches Made Easy:

Spotted Sedges (Cinnamon Caddis) (Ceratopsyche sp) - Adults
and Fly Pattern Colors

03/05/08

Adults:
The adult Spotted Sedges (Cinnamon Caddis) also become important when the
females are depositing their eggs. They do this on the surface or by diving to
the bottom depending on the particular species. As I previously said, this activity
can occur at the same time they are emerging. It usually starts near the end of
the emergence and last for an hour or two. In many cases, especially on upper
Abrams Creek, you may not be able to legally fish during egg ovipositing
because it usually doesn't start until after sunset. On overcast or rainy days, egg
laying can start much sooner. By the way, if you find the caddis emerging and
depositing their eggs at the same time, fish an imitation of the pupae. It is almost
always more effective than imitating the egg layers.

Adult Presentation:
Even in the low light, you should be able to see the caddisflies dipping to the
water when they are depositing their eggs. Of course, that is the area where you
want to place your fly. You can try to imitate the skittering manner in which the
caddis flutter around on the surface but I find it best just to use a dead drift. I
scare more than I fool adding action to the fly. You may need to use either a dry
fly for those that deposit their eggs on the surface or a wet fly to imitate those
that dive to the bottom. Trial and error will tell you which one is most effective.  
The trout will also eat the spent flies after they have finished their egg laying
duty but this usually occurs long after you can legally fish.

Fly Pattern Colors:

Larvae:
Hook: 16/18
Body: Gray
Legs: Tan
Head  Black
Thorax: Dark Brown
Tail: Cream

Pupae:
Hook:16/18
Body: Cinnamon
Legs: Brown
Wing Pad: Black
Antennae: Brown

Adults:
Dry Adult:
Hook: 16/18
Body: Cinnamon
Wings: Grayish Brown, some with light spots
Legs: Brown
Head: Black
Antennae: Brown

Wet Adult:
Use the same colors as above.

Spent Imitation:
Use the same colors as above

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Coming Up Next:
Tiny Black Caddis (Chimarra obscura)

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