and Brown Trout Fishing Flies|
In Argentina and Chile as probably in the northern hemisphere,
the caddis fly is recognized by their bouncing,
erratic flight over trout streams and rivers. Unlike the
mayfly and stonefly, the caddis are available to the brown
and rainbow trout as a food in four stages:
The larva stage, whether in or out of a case
The pupa stage
As an adult
As an adult female in the ovipositing stage.
The four different stages show how important the caddis is as a food supply for
trout. They probably represents half the trout regular diet in the streams and
rivers that they inhabit.
Just below the Rio Puelo Lodge at the headwaters of the
Rio Puelo in Argentina/Chile border there is a flat section
of the river. It is wide and shallow with lots of freestones.
During the daylight hours you can see the river bottom and
pick out just a few feeding trout. That area of the river
doesnít seem to hold a lot of trout as you might think or
am I wrong? Wait until evening time when the sun has set
and the twilight comes edging on. The surface is slick and
quiet. Then the first caddis bouncing along is spotted,
then another and another. There's a rise! Hey, there's another!.
The hatch has begun and thus the fish appear. Soon it looks
like its snowing from the river up rather than from the
sky down. Itís all those flies and the trout are on them
like fleas on a dog. The trout are rising everywhere.
When a hatch appears you need to have a pretty close imitation
of the caddis as to color and size or you'll get refused
a lot. You might fool a few but with a close match you will
get better results. You want to have the right fly on time,
because these types of hatches are short lived with a short
re-occurrence after the initial big hatch. After this you
have lost the light. So you should have different sizes
and colors. I would say 10-18 in the dark elk hairstyle
would be a must. Some light colors also would be good to
have on hand such as the tan and rust.