Video: How to Tie the Splatte Roller Caddis Larva

Bob Reece is a junior-high science teacher from Cheyenne, Wyoming, who spends his summer guiding for North Park Anglers in Walden, Colorado. He also works with the Cheyenne branch of Project Healing Waters and runs a fly-fishing club for 7th and 8th grade students at the school where he works. You can learn more by visiting his brand-spanking new website, Thin Air Angler. We have previously featured several of his patterns, including the Hot Amber Caddis Nymph and the Missing Link dry fly.

In this video, Bob ties a pattern created by Shea Gunkel and Taylor Edrington of Royal Gorge Anglers in Canon City, Colorado. In an Instagram post, Gunkel wrote, “We wanted an effective caddis pupa that could be put to the test and stand up to freestone conditions on the river where the Mother’s Day caddis hatch was born! . . . This fly has all the prerequisites to heed the call.”

In this video, Bob walks you through the pattern, which should work great from now all the way through spring on most trout waters.

          Splatte Roller
          Hook: Pupa/emerger hook (here, an Umpqua JB01), sizes 14-18.
          Bead: Black tungsten.
          Thread #1: Chartreuse, 8/0 or 70-denier.
          Rib: Black UTC Wire, small.
          Thread #2: Black, 8/0 or 70-denier.
          Legs: Black Fluoro Fiber.
          Thorax: Peacock Black Ice Dub.
          Body: Pine squirrel strip, palmered.
          Adhesive: 5-minute epoxy.

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