The Metallic Caddis is this week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly.

Metallic Caddis |

I found this fly pattern in the mid-90’s from Randall Kaufmann’s Tying Nymphs book. I don’t think I had tied a lot of bead-head nymphs as beads only came to America in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s. Tying Nymphs stated Dennis Black of Umpqua Feather Merchants signed Holland fly tyer Theo Bakelaar to promote bead-head flies here.

The Metallic Caddis is similar to a Brassie, but adds the bead-head and colored wire. I think I tied this one with the green wire to fish the caddis hatches on the Deschutes River. The wire and bead-head add a lot of weight to get the fly down quick.

And you know, the wire hasn’t tarnished after all those years…

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