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From Caddisflies by G. LaFontaine pg. 315. “Nearly every mention in modern angling literature of adult caddisflies includes the solemn advice “Always catch one because caddisflies appear lighter in flight than they actually are.” The most common reason caddisflies appear lighter in the air than they do in the hand is that the wings of most species are fairly translucent, and they allow a lot of sunlight to pass through them. When an angler holds an adult in his hand and looks down at it, the light does not affect the coloration. Maybe someone finds it valuable to view adults this way, but it has been my experience that it is difficult to get wild trout to take caddisflies from my hand. They usually suck adults off the surface, looking up at them, which is roughly the same way fly fisherman see them in the air… Even the way fly fishermen look at an insect is warped by the “mayfly” obsession. It is fine to study a mayfly in the hand because the wings are upright, but certainly a caddisfly, with two sets of wings over the body, must be looked at against the natural background of the sky for a fish-eye view; and a matching artificial should be chosen the same way.”
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- Could the thickness of the Elk hair wing contribute or detract from the effectiveness of the pattern both in terms of color, a thicker wing would block more light which would make the color appear darker? Whereas a sparsely tied wing is more translucent creating similar conditions to what LaFontaine describes above? I remember an outing with Wendy B. fishing the hatch I am attempting to imitate here and the sparse No Hackle Elk hair Caddis pattern was crushing fish. The sparser the wing became, the more fish took to it, even sitting half in the film.
- The #16 Two-Toned Chubby No Hackle Elk Hair pattern is an attempt at better imitating the caddis I have been seeing as of late by imitating the olive/black body I had documented previously as well as the bulbous body shape.
- The Olive CDC & Elk, we’ll see how effective this version is for the spring caddis hatches. I have my hopes but I think the Olive maybe too much. Also, it’s hard to get the bulbous body appearance by palmering a CDC feather.