CJ’s flies caddis flies the other trout food

“I never paid much attention to caddisflies in my fledgling years of fishing and tying flies. All my efforts were focused on mayflies, Art Flick’s Streamside Guide, and tying with wood duck flank feathers.

I was aware of caddises, even saw them often enough while fishing, but never considered them a viable source of trout food.

All this changed one afternoon when I was heading back to Pennsylvania after a morning in the Catskills opening up our summer house.

Book review: “The Classic Wet Fly Box”

These were real fishing flies, in other words, and not only do they form the core of the 100 patterns covered in The Classic Fly Box, they form its implicit argument: that classic wet flies are not anachronisms, but flies that catch fish, and that a truly “classic” box of wet flies contains fishing flies—simple, effective ties