There are plenty of parachute caddis patterns available to the fly angler in this day and age, but none of them seem to be quite as effective as Bloom's parachute caddis. Montana outfitter Dave Bloom created this pattern on his home waters of the Missouri River, and it has been picking off selective fish left and right ever since. This fly comes in all the right colors for imitating a wide variety of caddisflies, and the deer hair wing and parachute post ensures that it floats like a cork even in heavy riffles like we have on the Madison.
This is one of the deadliest Blue Winged Olive imitations you will ever find, and one that we fish with the utmost confidence on the Madison, Henry's Fork, Missouri, and Yellowstone Rivers. The DOA cripple ( dead on arrival) features a z-lon wing and trailing shuck, olive dubbed body, and a few turns of dun colored hackle and is an absolute killer during a BWO emergence. Size #18-20.
The X Caddis was created by Craig Matthews of Blue Ribbon Flies, and has become one of the most effective dry flies in the West. Craig developed this pattern in order to imitate the freshly emerged adult still struggling to escape its nymphal shuck, and is one of our go-to's during a caddis emergence. The x caddis features a deer hair wing, dubbed body, and a z-lon shuck and belongs in every angler's caddis box.