I'm not sure I can offer an opinion about the potential effectiveness of a "F---ing Black Caddis" pattern without knowing which black caddis genus/species Riverkeeper was referring to. I had assumed it might be Mystacides
because it seems unlikely to pertain to either Dolophilodes
. If that is the case, his observations might offer another approach to coping with the mating swarms of the "black dancer." Although I've observed and attempted to solve the puzzle of Mystacides
mating swarms many times, I can't say that I've ever noticed connected mates falling out of the swarm. Most of the feeding I've observed has been the frustrating aerial variety. As for a suggested "carrying" position, my speculation in the previous post is the best I can offer at this time.
With regard to your questions about the venerable Orange Fish Hawk and its potential connection to black caddis, that is a great old pattern, but the only black caddis application for PA streams would be to suggest the Dolophilodes/Chimarra larvae
. These are very similar little net-spinning larvae (difficult to distinguish with the naked eye) and are yellowish to yellowish orange. The pupae
of common PA species are usually blackish brown. In Nymphs
, Ernie Schwiebert does describe an "orange-bodied" Chimarra
species that he calls augustipennis
. (In his illustrations, both the larva and pupa appear yellowish.) I'm uncertain about the validity of his depictions (both are morphologically inaccurate), but this species is not
listed for PA.
You're only hope is that JW will find another misplaced modifier in one of my posts and fully engage me.
Louis, does inadvertently substituting a contracted homonym for a possessive pronoun count? If so, I'll contact JW forthwith. :)