Video: A Primer on Caddisflies

Second only to mayflies in the hearts of fly fishers, caddisflies have a unique lifecycle. Understanding when to fish nymphs, pupae, or dry flies is a key to success, and in this great video from The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing, Tom Rosenbauer walks you through the stages of these downwing insects. There are a couple of important points to remember, including what Tom calls “the deceptive stage” that can trick you into thinking there’s a hatch going on.

Click here to check out our caddisfly dry flies and nymph patterns.

Some caddisfly nymphs build cases of sticks or stones (left), while others live freely on the streambottom.

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