The AC Caddis
YOU MIGHT have noticed the weather has been a little up and down this year, even as we stroll into spring.
After the winter blasts it seems like everything is late, the buds are just starting to pop on a few trees in my yard, and its been the same way with our caddis.
Our spring caddis hatch is ready to roll, as we have seen under the right conditions awaiting the confluence of water flows, sunlight and temperature. Certainly The super-cold water coming out of Bull Shoals Dam, certainly hasn’t been helping, but if you have struck the right combination, like last Sunday, the bugs will go.
Since the caddis fired early last year on the basis of a warm winter, and a long hot summer, the bugs have had enough days at the right temperatures to mature. We have been fishing caddis imitations deep for several weeks: Prince Nymphs, Pulsating Caddis and Davy Wotton’s Translucent SLF Pupa with good to awesome results. All we need for some dry fly action is the trigger, when the heat of the sun can overcome the cold water. The good news is we can probably expect the hatch to continue deeper into May this year.
We are seriously stocked up for a killer caddis season with our favorite dries, pupa and soft hackles.
But as always I went hunting to see if there were new patterns worth adding, or stocked up on some we sampled last year.
The AC Caddis has a lot of the features I tend to like in dry flies, and in our hottest dry pattern the E/C Caddis. It’s a low rider, with plenty of meat sub surface, a parachute hackle helping out. But the curved hook lends a little different profile and the use of dun hackle instead of grizzly is a nice touch. This one should be hot.
As we mention in the Caddis Dry Fly Opus the Arkansas Egg Layer is going to throw a few people. The elk hair wing, and green eggsac is pretty familiar, but a purple body?
Purple has been a hot western dry color for a bunch of seasons now. And the Arkansas River in CO, for which this fly is named, has remarkably similar hatches.
Can’t wait to give it a spin on the late afternoon flights of the egg layers.
Rainy’s Olive Hi-Viz Parachute Caddis is another good one particular when you have a lot of the dark winged Brachycentrus around. But I brought this one in for everyone who has a tough time spotting their dry among all the adults.
The hint of sparkle in the dubbed body add some variety in your box as well.
THE Apple Caddis must be a Golden Delicious not a Granny Smith. I may have tied the body a little different color but I dig a lot about this pretty simple pattern.
This one is one for the light wing caddis we have already started seeing.
We have also added some very cool new pupa patterns, I’ll be trialling over the next few days.