Category Archives: caddis

Iris Caddis (Craig Mathews) by In The Riffle

This is a handy little caddis pupa pattern that is ideal for fishing those small creeks. I personally like to fish this type of pattern near the end of the day just before twilight and through til dusk. The Iris Caddis can be tied in several different color combinations including tan, olive and amber variations.

Iris Caddis Fly Pattern recipe

Hook: #14-18 Daiichi 1550 or 1560
Thread: Tan Veevus 12/0
Tail: Caddis Tan Z-Lon
Body: Natural Light Hare’s Ear Dubbing
Wing: White Z-Lon
Head: Natural Light Hare’s Ear Dubbing


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Egan’s GTI Caddis from Lance Egan FlyFishFood

This heavily weighted caddis fly will make a good fly pattern to use as a point or anchor fly. The caddis includes a “wingcase” which sets it apart from the usual caddis. The tail is a simple nub of peacock herl, but I love the addition and think it will help attract a few more fish. The double ribbing (standard and reverse wrapped) will really help with the durability of the fly as well. Lance has a ton of subtle tying tips included in the video, so take notes, this will help to improve your own fly tying skills.

Blue Winged Olive Soft Hackle Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Hanak 300 #12
Bead: 3mm tungsten gold
Weight: Lead 0.015 10-15 wraps
Thread: 70D UTC Olive
Tail: 2 peacock herls
Rib: 6x tippet mono & olive crystal flash
Body: Haretron olive dubbing
Thorax: Peacock dubbing
Wingcase: Scud back Summer duck


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Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller tied by Bob Reece

This small caddis nymph pattern was developed by Shea Gunkel and tied in the video by Bob Reece. The Splatte Roller is pretty straight forward as far as the tying goes, but this tiny fly packs a lot of punch for fishing deeper pools on small water runs. You may run into a bit of difficulty when applying the top coat of epoxy to the fly. Just be sure to go slow and try not to get it into the thorax dubbing and legs. If you are tying quite a few, you may want to tie the fly in stages and apply epoxy or UV resin to the abdomen first before tying in the legs and thorax. Either way, the epoxied fly is near bullet-proof and should last quite a number of fish. You can add a little bit of lead wire behind the bead if you find more weight is needed.

Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller fly pattern recipe

Hook: Umpqua JB01 #12-18
Bead: Black Tungsten
Thread: 70 denier (8/0) chartreuse (abdomen) black (thorax)
Ribbing: Black small wire (UTC)
Legs: 24 strands Wapsi Fluoro Fiber
Thorax: Peacock Black Ice Dubbing
Topcoat: Epoxy


Youtube Channel: Bob Reece
Youtube Video: Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller fly pattern
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