Cased caddis are an ever present food source in many rivers and streams. Most commonly I see them stuck to sticks and other debris that I have snagged my flies on.
Another common place that they turn up is the stomach’s of trout. There are many times during the year that fishing is tough, and it is usually at these times that I fish cased caddis patterns, namely the Tungsten Cased Caddis. Another great time to fish this fly is early in the morning before the river has warmed up for the day. This is the easiest fly I tie, and it catches fish like crazy!
The trick to this fly is finding green (emerald) anodized tungsten beads. Below is a link to the a New Zealand fly shop that has great prices on tungsten. The FlySite Tungsten Beads
I buy most of my tungsten from then because of their cheap prices and fast shipping. However, if you don’t want to wait a few days many fly shops are now carrying them.
Hook: TMC 3761 or Dai-Riki 730, or Daiichi 1560 Sizes 12-16
Bead: Anodized Tungsten Emerald
Thread: Black 8/o
Body: Peacock Herl