Cinnamon Caddisfly - Larva (ceratopsyche species)
The Cinnamon Caddisflies, called Cinnamon Sedges by many anglers, are
net-spinning caddisflies. The larvae build tiny nets on rocks that catch their food
in the current. They look similar to an open parachute except they are spread out
in a horizontal directions against the current.. Sometimes the larvae are in a
shelter they have built near the net and sometimes they are strung out from their
sheltr a few inches on a silk line. They are very much available for the trout to eat.
Various methods of Imitating the larvae hanging at the end of the silk line have
been developed over the years, but we have not had that good of results with
them and do not recommend that approach. You may want to make you on test
and come to your own conclusion about it.
Present the larva imitation in the riffles with a small amount of weight attached to
the tippet a few inches above the fly. An up and across presentation works best
in rough water such as pocket water and heavy riffles. Allow the fly to swing all
the way around until it is downstream of your position. Keep the fly near the
bottom until it is in the area you intend to fish.
You can use a strike indicator but if you have experience fishing nymphs without
an indicator or without being dropped from a large dry fly used as an indicator,
we think your odds of success are better. The bottoms of riffles and runs are
usually up and down and it's impossible to keep the larva imitation down near the
bottom using an indicator.
If the water is smooth you may want to use a longer down and across
presentation. Mend your line as soon as the fly hits the water to help get it down
to where it will bounce along the bottom. Allow the fly to swing directly
downstream of your position.
If you don't get a take, take a step or two downstream and repeat the same
procedure to cover new water.
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