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Diving Caddis
Black Olive Tan Full Set

Many important trout stream species of caddisflies go underwater to lay their eggs.  Trout find these egg laden females very tasty and search for them aggressively. Some species dive through the surface of the water at high speed others simply wade in and crawl along the bottom. Trout can seek out submerged adult caddis flies at every level of the stream.  Many flies are targeted at the surface as they struggle to penetrate the meniscus, that rubbery skin where the water meets the air. This is most often the case with species that dive through the surface.  Many are momentarily stunned by the impact and may be caught half in and half out 
of the water; an easy meal for a trout.  No matter which entry method they use all adult caddis breath air and must return to the surface or drown.  Many are picked off by trout as they as they are rising from the bottom of the river back to the surface.  This is one of the reasons why old fashion down-wing wet flies were so effective.  Many patterns probably looked like diving caddis.
The family Latin name for caddis is Tricoptera which means "hair wing".  Caddis' have tiny hairs on their wings.  As they submerge, these tiny hairs trap air bubbles, which gives each insect a silvery coating. This reflective silvery coating of air bubbles becomes one of the keys that triggers fish feeding.  To imitate a diving caddis your fly must be made from materials that collect a coating air bubbles.  This is why the Diving Caddis Series has an over-wing of clear Antron fibers.  Antron is a triangular filament nylon that repels water and traps air.  
All good trout water will have populations of several species of caddisflies. Egg-laying flights usually happen during the most moderate temperatures of the day. In spring and fall mid-morning and mid-afternoon hours get the majority of activity. During the hottest part of the summer egg laying flights are most prevalent in the early dawn or the evening. Overcast or rainy days will intensify both hatching and egg-laying activities.

Diving Caddis, Black 
This great little fly works well in most trout streams from late spring through early fall.  It can be coated with dry fly dressing and fished in the back eddies as a dry fly or fished as a wet fly in the riffles.  Another effective presentation is to nymph fish this pattern along the bottom with split-shot.  This simulates the adult fly crawling on or rising from the river bottom.  Fishing this fly late in the evening as a dropper fly with a dry fly used as an indicator can provide explosive results.
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9350-18 Diving Caddis, Black 18 3 for $5.85
9350-20 Diving Caddis, Black 20 3 for $5.85

Diving Caddis, Olive
This can be the best early evening fly for big Deschutes Redsides during the mid-summer months.  Watch for the fat females leaving the sage brush right after the sun leaves the water.  You wont have to worry about seeing risint trout, The rise forms of trout taking these diving caddis are real splashy.  The best presentation is very much like summer steelhead fishing.  Cast across, lift and mend, carry a shock loop.  When the fish takes, feed the loop, hang on.
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9352-16 Diving Caddis, Olive 16 3 for $5.85
9352-18 Diving Caddis, Olive 18 3 for $5.85

Diving Caddis, Tan
This is a great mid-morning pattern during the summer.  Fish this fly in the film, dead drift or on the swing out in the deeper flows of mid-river.  This fly is especially productive in well oxygenated riffles.  It is also very effective when fished along stream banks as a wet dropper fly when fished with a dry Elk Hair Caddis.  Try tying it on a short dropper about 16" from your dry point fly.  In other words the wet fly is between your dry fly and your rod.
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9355-14 Diving Caddis, Tan 14 3 for $5.85
9355-16 Diving Caddis, Tan 16 3 for $5.85

Diving Caddis Set -
(3) Diving Caddis, Black #18, (3) Diving Caddis, Black #20,  (3) Diving Caddis, Olive #16, (3) Diving Caddis, Olive #18, (3) Diving Caddis, Tan #14,  (3) Diving Caddis, Tan #16, (18) flies in all:
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93000-set Diving Caddis Set -
(3) Diving Caddis, Black #18, (3) Diving Caddis, Black #20,  (3) Diving Caddis, Olive #16, (3) Diving Caddis, Olive #18, (3) Diving Caddis, Tan #14,  (3) Diving Caddis, Tan #16, (18) flies in all:
$30.95

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