This is a cool new pattern from our friends at Fulling Mill. The balloon hammer caddis is tied on a scud hook so the abdomen rides just below the surface film, while the deer hair wing and foam head keep it afloat. The body color is natural hare's ear it also features a bright green egg sac. Barbless.
Kelly originally tied this pattern to imitate small hoppers on the Madison, but it has proved equally as effective for larger caddis and also works incredibly well for spruce moths in late July and August. Galloup's Snowshoe Hopper features a golden dubbed body, snowshoe wing, and a deer hair head which allows it to ride low in the water column while still being incredibly buoyant. Galloup's snowshoe hopper is a pattern that our guides are never without during the summer months on the Madison, and the addition of MFC centipede legs gives this fly that little extra oomph to drive big fish crazy.$2.25 Select options
British fly tyers John Goddard and Clive Henry created the Goddard Caddis back in the early 1960's for lakes and stillwater fishing, and it eventually found its way to the states around ten years later. This is one of our favorite patterns for skittering across lakes because it is very difficult to sink and has a very realistic silhouette to the fish looking for egg-laying females from below. It features a spun deer hair body and several turns of brown hackle from the thorax to the hook eye, making it a perfect caddis imitation to throw in faster currents like we fish on the Madison and Gallatin rivers. The antennae were originally tied with stripped hackle stems, but it many commercial fly tying companies have made the switch to 1-2 lb maxima chameleon like you see in the picture of the natural variation. In summary, the goddard caddis deserves a few slots in every angler's caddis box and we carry this time-tested pattern in sizes 14 and 16.$2.25 Select options
The double duck caddis is a caddis emerger that is very similar in size and profile to the iris caddis. It is tied with a natural colored body and a wing with two layers of CDC to make it extremely buoyant while still enabling it to ride low on the surface. Size. 16.
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.$2.25 Select options
Fishing during a micro caddis hatch can be awfully frustrating...mostly due to the fact that it is extremely difficult to discern your fly from all the naturals on the water. Swisher's black dancing caddis has a white poly parachute that makes it easier to find your needle in the haystack. Available in Size 20.$2.25 Add to cart
The butch caddis was designed to fish in fast water where visibility is difficult. It also fishes well in slow water, and the reverse style of wing ensures that it floats with the abdomen in the water; however, the wing sits high and is virtually impossible to sink. The butch caddis is a favorite caddis pattern with our guides, and is available in tan or olive. Sizes 14- 18$2.25 Select options
Al Troth came up with Elk Hair Caddis in 1957 and it has been wreaking havoc on trout ever since. Needless to say, the elk hair caddis is a staple for us on the Madison and is one of those time-tested patterns that belongs in everyone's caddis box. Available in tan or brown.$2.25 Select options
This fly comes to us from an old friend of the Slide Inn, Harry Mason. Harry stayed in our cabins during the first two weeks of July for a number of years, and fished the Madison with dry flies 99% of the time while he ways here. The hot butt cdc caddis emerger was one of his favorite patterns to fish during a caddis fly emergence, and is a perfect match for some of our darker sedges. Mason's hot butt CDC caddis emerger features a biot body, dark dun cdc wing, and an orange butt. When we asked Harry, "why orange?" he replied " Because they eat it." Enough said. Available in size 16 and 18.$2.25 Select options
The Delektable Twisted Baby has been one of our top spruce moth imitations over the last five seasons, but it also works great for medium sized caddis as well. It features a tan foam body, two pairs of rubber legs, and a MFC Etha-Wing underwing that accurately displays the silhouette of spruce moths and spent caddis. The delektable twisted baby has an over-wing of white calf tail which aids in overall buoyancy and strike detection.$2.25 Select options
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.$2.25 Select options
This pattern comes to us from our good friend Joe Moore of West Yellowstone, Montana. His Compara Buzz is a hybrid of Lafontaine's Buzz Ball with the fanned out wing of a Comparadun, and works great as a caddis imitation during the months of July and August. Available in Size 14-16.$2.25 Select options