Published Mar 20. 2024 - 3 months ago
Updated or edited Mar 21. 2024

Splitsville Caddis/Foam Front End Loader

Thanks for tuning into this chaos! So, I should state for the record a few things about my fishing...I almost exclusively fish a "mono rig" in what could be called a "tightline" method. I do this with both rods designed for Euro nymphing and with Tenkara/Keiryu rods and a fixed line. Even when I fish a euro style rod I mostly fish lighter flies. With a Euro rod you do need some weight to cast...but not much! I fish some heavier wets without a bead very often. With a Tenkara rod you don't need weight at all. I rarely fish more than one fly as I fish a lot of small water. Sometimes though I do find a good use to fish a dry/dropper. The dry helps anchor the nymph or wet fly in one seam that is a further cast than you can manage that drift without the dry. When there is also a good chance for a fish to hit a dry why not versus a dorsey or other type of indicator? I also am not a regular dry fly angler so I am not into adding floatant often so I have been trying to create a functional dry that is low maintenance but also one that catches fish... Here is where my mind is at so far...

Hook: Up eye light wire
Tail: antron for a trailing shuck
Body: Foam 1mm; superfine dubbing - colors up to you.
Wing: Sparkle Yarn, EP Trigger point, Fulling Mill Dry yarn - one of these types of materials.
Sighter: for me I like this...I use a bright color of antron.
Hackle: barred ginger saddle to hook size. Color up to you. Saddle will give you length and high bard count.

This fly is untested so far but based off of two patterns that are known to work really well.

Here are those two patterns and videos on how to tie each fly.

Splitsville Caddis:
Foam Front End Loader:


Adam Rieger

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