The man behind the BPS Spent Caddis, Dennis Komatsu, passed away in 2013, and he seems to have been a fairly private man who stayed out of the spotlight. However, he was well known for his trout patterns, which California anglers have long prized. Check out this fond tribute to Komatsu on Dan Blanton’s website.
Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions learned about the fly from a friend, who used it to outfish him on their local New Jersey rivers. Aside from being productive, the BPS Spent Caddis is easy to tie, using a couple of neat tricks that Flagler demonstrates; I especially like the technique for locking down the wings.
BPS Spent Caddis
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here, a Dai-Riki #300), sizes 14-18.
Thread: Black, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Body: Peacock herl.
Wings: Tan short/fine deer hair or elk hair, cleaned and stacked.
Adhesive: Head cement.