Here’s a killer caddisfly pattern that can imitate both the pupa and emerger stages, and you can tie it in whatever colors match the naturals you’re trying to imitate. (An orange version might be the ticket in October.) The Bird of Prey Caddis seems to be the brainchild of fly tier Rick Anderson–of Fly Fishing Specialties in Citrus Heights, California–but even my advanced Googling skills turned up almost nothing on Mr. Anderson. (Thanks to reader Dennis Estrada for the info!)
As usual, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows you exactly how to tie this pattern, and he offers a few tips for making things easier. Tim’s material-handling skills are well-honed, and he always offers tricks for ensuring that you get just the right material in the right place with almost no waste. So twist up a few of these for your next trip out on the river, and let us know how you do.
Make sure watch Tim’s videos in full 4K resolution. You’ve never seen fly tying look so good.
Bird of Prey Caddis
Hook: 2X-short emerger hook (here, a Dai-Riki #125), sizes 14-18.
Bead: Gold, 7/64-inch.
Thread: Black, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Rib: Pearl Flashabou, small.
Tail: Natural Hungarian partridge.
Body: Light hare’s mask.
Hackle collar: Hungarian partridge.
Thorax: Peacock herl.
Adhesive: Head cement.
Note: Tie this pattern in colors to match the naturals.