Silvey's Diving Caddis

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The development of the Diving Caddis came out of observing my clients while I was guiding.  There were swarms of Caddis every where but not many fish working the surface.  My clients where fishing Elk Hair Caddis in riffles and having fish come up and refuse the fly.  The few fish we hooked all came at the end of the drift when the fly sank.

That night I went home and designed a Diving Caddis pattern to take advantage of my days observations.  I needed weight to get the fly down so I added a bead in front of the dubbed body.  The fly required movement to replicate the swimming action that the natural diving caddis would have so I included Hungarian Partridge in the wing along with a sparse amount of elk hair.  There is also a little bit of flash in the wing to give the illusion of movement or air bubbles trailing off the pupae.

Diving Caddis patterns are some of the most effective fly patterns on the market but hardly

fished by the general public.  I believe this is because most people don’t know how or when to fish them.  Fish them before, during and after caddis hatches.  They fish well as a dropper during times when no hatches are going on.

The Diving Caddis can be fished in a number of ways.

Dropper – The most common way to fish this fly.  Drop it off any dry fly.

Tight Line Swing – Cast the fly as if you were casting across the river into the current.  Mend the line and let the fly swing all the way to shore or into the shallows.  The takes on this method of fishing are heart stopping. Use a shock loop.

Nyphed – If fishing a two nymph rig make sure the Diving Caddis is floating higher in the water column.

Dry Fly Presentation – Cast the fly upstream as you would any dry fly.  Once the fly hits the water, slowly strip the fly back to you giving the fly an up and down diving motion.  It is deadly on refusals.  If we get a fish that comes up and refuses a caddis dry I tie on a Diving Caddis, and its “fish on” nine times out of ten.

Brian Silvey

Silvey’s DivingCaddis - Designer

Silvey's Diving Caddis, Olive
This series of flies are designed to get deep quickly. It can be fished as a diving egg layer, or as an emerger. Most egg laying divers return to the surface. You can fish this pattern in water with more current or speed as it will get down faster and stay down. Natural emerging caddis are fast swimmers.  So if fish are not taking the fly add some speed to the fly.  Naturals generally swim towards shore were they get on rocks in shallower slower water and emerge.

Silvey's Diving Caddis, Olive

Item Description Size Price To Top
SIG1165 Silvey's Diving Caddis, Olive 14 3 for $6.75

Silvey's Diving Caddis, Tan
This is a great pattern for fishing pocket water.  This can be done while wading of from a moving boat. Cast your fly into each pocket while floating by and let it sit there as long as possible.  If there is a flash set the hook.  If not pick it up and cast it into the next pocket and repeat.

Silvey's Diving Caddis, Tan

Item Description Size Price To Top
SIG1166 Silvey's Diving Caddis, Tan 14 3 for $6.75

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