Emergers Gallery B
CDC Caddis Pupa
If caddis are present on a river or stream, then this CDC Caddis Pupa is one of my "go-to" flies when fishing subsurface. You can modify the body color to match naturals in your area, and fish this fly below or above others. Depending on the use of a bead, this CDC Caddis Pupa does an excellent job of representing caddis emergers. Fish this one with confidence!
E/C Caddis (Emergent / Cripple)
During this fly tying tutorial, I tie the E/C Caddis (emergent / cripple) created by Ralph Cutter. This is a great pattern when fishing over pressured trout, especially in tailwater situations. On those waters, the cold temperatures can slow the emergence, making patterns like this one perfect imitations.
Here are some great resources to learn more about this pattern and to see the color change during a caddis emergence:
Soft Hackle Hare's Ear
Utilizing a dubbing loop to create a "buggier" body, this tutorial shares a favorite fly of many, the Soft Hackle Hare's Ear. This fly most commonly is used to represent the many caddis found in our rivers and streams, and without the bead, can match the emerger stage nicely. During the video, you'll notice that I made slight variations from the original, thus feel free to modify this pattern to match the natural insects in your home waters.
The Partridge and Orange Soft Hackle
The Partridge and Orange is a traditional soft hackle that still works very effectively today. This pattern is slightly different from others I have on this site, being that I am using a different feather for the hackle. The pattern, utilizing silk thread for a body, can represent many insects, including caddisflies and various mayflies. I like to fish this as a dropper tied above my blood knot connection for the tippet.
Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Like many others, I enjoy tying and fishing patterns that offer versatility, and the Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail is one that fits that criteria! This simple-to-tie pattern can be fished as a wet fly or an emerger, and with modifications, it can easily be tailored to be a successful pattern in your local waters. In this video, we go over the tying procedures, and then discuss some ways that you can vary the pattern to ensure success on the waterways you fish.
Rosenbauer's Rabbit's Foot Emerger
Fishing emergers for technical trout is one of my favorite parts of fly fishing, and this pattern is one many turn to on a regular basis. Created by Tom Rosenbauer of Orvis, the Rabbit's Foot Emerger is an extremely buggy pattern that is simple to tie. Once wet, this fly can imitate both mayflies and caddisflies as they are emerging near the surface. As I stress in this video, don't be afraid to change the colors to imitate the flies in your local waters; this pattern is more of a "base" that can be modified as needed. Good luck with this pattern, especially on those finicky trout!
Sparkle Emerger Variant
Gary LaFontaine did an incredible job when creating his Sparkle Emerger, and my variant pays homage to the original. You'll notice some "modern" materials in this fly, hence why it's becoming a "go to" pattern for me during caddis hatches. Additionally, there are some intermediate to advanced fly tying techniques shown in this video, hopefully pushing all of you to be better tyers. Thanks for viewing and I hope you enjoy this Sparkle Emerger Variant.
Parasol Post Technique
The Parasol Post is a technique I utilize often for a variety of flies (especially emergers), and it's one I recommend you add to your arsenal. In this video, I share my procedure for tying it and some various tips.
Parasol Post Pheasant Tail Emerger
The Parasol Post Pheasant Tail Emerger is a pattern that I've turned to when fly fishing for finicky trout over the years. This fly represents the emerger stage of a mayfly, sitting just under the water's surface. That location signals vulnerability...and the trout respond! Have fun with this one...