Cinnamon Caddisfly - Adult (ceratopsyche species)
The adult Cinnamon Caddisflies, or Cinnamon Sedges, whichever name you
prefer, become most important when the females are depositing their eggs. They
do this two different ways. They deposit them on the surface of the water or by
diving to the bottom to paste their eggs on rocks. We think this depends on the
particular species of which there are many.
Those that dive do return to the surface and float for a short time. As I
previously wrote, this activity can occur at the same time they are emerging. The
egg laying usually starts near the end of the emergence period and last into the
evening. On bright clear days during very warm weather this activity may not take
place until after the sun sets and near dark.
On overcast or rainy days, egg laying can start much earlier in the day. By the
way, if you find these caddisflies emerging and depositing their eggs at the same
time, fish an imitation of the Cinnamon Caddisfly pupa. It's almost always more
effective than imitating the egg layers; however, doing so don't provide the
surface action like the adult imitations will. For that reason, many anglers prefer
to imitate the egg layers.
Even in the low light, you should be able to see the caddisflies dipping to the
water when they are depositing their eggs. Of course, that's the area where you
want to place your fly.
You can try to imitate the skittering manner in which the caddisflies flutter around
on the surface but we find it best just to use a dead drift. I scare more trout than I
fool adding action to the fly.
We don't think it matters which type of presentation you use, up stream or
downstream, as long as you don't spook the trout. Just get the fly to the same
areas the trout are feeding on the egg layers anyway you can without allowing
the trout to see you.
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