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Dazzle Caddis Emerger

Fly Craft Angling member Doug Wright has gracioulsy provided his favorite caddis emerger, the Dazzle Caddis Emerger.  Doug has developed into a skilled avid fly fisher.  His skills don't end on the water as he has created many innovative patterns.  Here is in his own words is the Dazzle Caddis Emerger.

As summer strolls its way into mid June through July, anglers can expect to hit the exciting caddis (sedge) emergence. Imitating the pupa stage during a hatch can be very effective if you have an idea of the zone where the fish are feeding, but many fly anglers especially enjoy fishing patterns imitating the moth-like adults. This offers an exhilarating fishery, allowing the fly fisher to “see” everything. Being able to see your buoyant offering attacked by a vicious trout of any size is what fly fishers come to enjoy. Still, the “match the hatch” principle must be followed for success when using surface flies; it’s no different than fishing subsurface imitations. Careful observation reveals the answer. Often, it looks as if trout are feeding on an adult stillwater insect when actually, they are gorging on emerging insects just under the surface or those mired in the surface film. This happens regularly during the popular caddis hatch. The ascended pupa sits within the surface film and begins the slow process of climbing out of the pupal skin, an easy meal for a hungry trout. Armed with a few good emerger patterns added to your caddis box you are prepared to tackle a caddis hatch and the opportunistic emerger stage. My favorite fly pattern to imitate the medium-sized Limnephilidae and the large Phryganeidae (Traveler) families of sedges during the stage of emergence is the Dazzle Caddis Emerger.

It has always surprised me how few stillwater fishermen carry emerger flies in their boxes. Many stream fishermen are usually familiar with these  types of patterns, but many stillwater fishers seldom resort to one. In a lake there is virtually no curren trout can scrutinize your imitation, taking all the time in the world and either accept or refuse the pattern. In a stream, depending on the current speed,  trout have to decide whether to take a pattern in a matter of seconds. Many stream fishers have good success with emergers, so a lake angler should definitely have a few. Trout often become selective, and if they’re feeding on emerging insects, you’re going to want to be fishing an emerger pattern.


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