Header image
Enter a name
Lateral view of a Female Hexagenia limbata (Ephemeridae) (Hex) Mayfly Dun from the Namekagon River in Wisconsin
Hex Mayflies
Hexagenia limbata

The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.

Dorsal view of a Epeorus albertae (Heptageniidae) (Pink Lady) Mayfly Nymph from the East Fork Issaquah Creek in Washington
This specimen keys to the Epeorus albertae group of species. Of the five species in that group, the two known in Washington state are Epeorus albertae and Epeorus dulciana. Of the two, albertae has been collected in vastly more locations in Washington than dulciana, suggesting it is far more common. On that basis alone I'm tentatively putting this nymph in albertae, with the large caveat that there's no real information to rule out dulciana.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
Troutnut is a project started in 2003 by salmonid ecologist Jason "Troutnut" Neuswanger to help anglers and fly tyers unabashedly embrace the entomological side of the sport. Learn more about Troutnut or support the project for an enhanced experience here.

Al514's profile picture
Central New York

Posts: 142
Al514 on Apr 30, 2008April 30th, 2008, 2:50 pm EDT

Is this a realistic color for a caddis worm? I found the material in my desk tonight and decided to see what I could whip up. It does resemble a similar pattern, the Brassie, but I have never seen an "Amber" caddis worm, only the green ones.
Hollidaysburg Pa

Posts: 251
LittleJ on Apr 30, 2008April 30th, 2008, 3:34 pm EDT
The picture didn't come up, but if it's orangish the answer is yes. I'll leave the scientific break down for those w/ more knowledge in those areas than I.
Taxon's profile picture
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1311
Taxon on Apr 30, 2008April 30th, 2008, 3:55 pm EDT

Yes, some caddisflies are quite close to that body color. If you were in the West, I believe the fly you tied would be a very effective imitation of the pupal stage of our October Caddis (Dicosmoecus).

Incidentally, if you just edit the img tags to be in all lower case, the photo should appear in your post.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
Schuylkill County, PA.

Posts: 109
Quillgordon on Apr 30, 2008April 30th, 2008, 11:55 pm EDT
I would use a 'caddis hook' and tie it with a slimmer body.
I like to use 'lava lace' for the body.
Something like this.........
* Edit.... the exact page doesn't come up. Go to 'fly archives', then its under '1st Qtr. 1999'. Tying instruction included!
Flyfishing is a state of mind! .............. Q.g.

Al514's profile picture
Central New York

Posts: 142
Al514 on May 1, 2008May 1st, 2008, 12:36 am EDT
I think I found the fly that you were talking about. It looks really good and I really want to tie some up. Thanks.
I actually think that the body of the one in the picture is made from lava lace. I wanted to use olive, but the only kind I have is too thick. I get like 3 wraps, then its time to tie off.
Yea, caddis hooks would help, but they are expensive though. At least here at the Cortland Line Store ($5 a pack). I don't have ANY cash on me because its the end of the semester. I only need to hold out for 2 more weeks!
Thank God fishing is free...
las vegas,nv

Posts: 4
Jack_k on Jul 4, 2008July 4th, 2008, 9:37 pm EDT
There is a good jpg of an October Caddis at www.just2ty4.com. Gorgeous orange body. Northern California, Oregon, and Washington state in, your guessed it, "October". Slams into the water when depositing eggs. Jack_k

Quick Reply

Related Discussions

Last Reply
Aug 26, 2018
by Martinlf
Jul 5, 2007
Apr 18, 2009
Sep 12, 2016
by Diver
Troutnut.com is copyright © 2004-2024 (email Jason). privacy policy