This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Mike Lawson’s Caddis Emerger.
This is another one of Mike Lawson’s flies I picked up at Henry’s Fork Anglers on a recent fly fishing road trip. I asked the guys working behind the counter if they could point out a few flies Mike developed. I purchased several of them with the intent of using them for upcoming Throw Back Thursday posts. The Spent Partridge Caddis and EZ Caddis are two other flies I’ve already posted.
In Lawson’s book Spring Creeks (page 107), he provides insights how the fly pattern came to be.
There are a number of effective caddis cripple and stillborn patterns. Utilizing the concepts of the LaFontaine Emergent Sparkle Pupa, I developed the Partridge Caddis Emerger to imitate the pupa that is trapped in the surface film. The body is tied with sparse, rough Antron with a trailing shuck; the wing is an underwing of sparse Antron and an overwing of mottled partridge or grouse hackle. The wing should be tied very short, not more than the length of the hook shank.