Green Caddis Larva Patterns
One of the most widely distributed aquatic insects is the caddis. The green caddis larva fly is usually very easy to tie and is an absolute essential in every trout anglers fly box. In this post I’ll show you how I tie one of my personal favorite caddis larva patterns (above). I will also show you a couple different variations to create several green caddis flies that truly look alive. The fly at the top of this page can be tied in any color configuration to mimic any shade and size of whatever caddis you’re looking to create.
For this caddis, I used seal-x dubbing, but the Hareline Icedub is also a very nice dubbing that I use often for this type of fly. The hook used is a swimming nymph hook which gives a little extra curve to the fly making it look more natural than it would with a straight shank.
Swimming nymph hook 1770 by Daiichi works well for these caddis larvae
Attach the chartreuse (or whatever wire color you choose) first the the rear of the fly. Be sure to tie it about 1/4 to 1/2 way around the bend of the hook.
The next step is to attach your thinskin or scudback material to the hook on top of the wire.
once you’ve installed that, you can begin liberally applying dubbing to your thread. It is OK to tie it semi loosely, because it will end up giving the fly a nice buggy look.
Continue adding the dubbing generously toward the front of the hook
Be sure to leave a small gap so you have room the add the black dubbing for the front portion of the bug.
Pull the latex scud back material across the top portion of the fly and give it a few wraps to hold it in place.
Start wrapping the wire ribbing all the way to the front of the fly and secure it in place.
As you can see, I’ve begun adding the black dubbing to the thread. You can also use peacock herl or any variety of brown or black dubbing. I have found this ice wing material to really produce a “leggy” look that truly brings this fly to life.
I really love the natural appearance of this fly pattern. I have tied this one a little more “loosely” than the image above to mix things up a bit.
Some other Caddis Options to Consider
Another variation of the green caddis. I have used saltwater flashabou here across the back to give it a little sheen. This is a very lifelike imitation.
The Green Caddis larvae is a great fly pattern. These are an extremely widespread nymph and fish really love them. This particular fly is a size 18. It is tied using Larval lace with a peacock herl head. It is very simple to tie yet very effective. Its a good idea to have some of these in your fly box. They resemble a wide array of aquatic insects and look very natural.