As I wrote before, Tim Cammisa’s X-Caddis has been gold for me.
When fish are looking up, this is a great fly. It sits low in the water and looks vulnerable. Moreover, it is fun to fish, as rises for Caddis tend to be exuberant. When I hear fish rising noisily, my guess is that they’re chasing emerging Caddis, which tend to swim quickly to the surface film.
I tie these small in sizes 18 and 20. I use the Orvis Tactical dry fly hook, which is barbless and has a point turned upward. These days, I’m using dark-dun CDC for an underwing and light-olive dubbing for the body. A shuck of brown Z-Lon completes the look.
I now also rotate the vise when I’m done to see the fly’s bottom. This is what the trout see. I usually have to adjust slightly some of the elk hair fibers.
On Saturday’s outing, this fly, both drifted up top and skittered, accounted for over a dozen brookies. At the end of a drift, you also can pulse it, to make it bob up and down. Sometimes, the fish cannot resist that movement.
The X-Caddis is a simple tie that really produces.