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MartinlfApril 26th, 2014, 1:56 am
Palmyra PA

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Does anyone have a solution for that fish that is taking caddis after they bounce a time or two? I've tied some bivisible style flies (with all Cree hackle) and put sparse CDC wings on them to try out, but wonder if anyone else has already solved this one. The fish in mind is ignoring dead drifts and flies "twitched": it wants the fly to actually bounce a time or two above the surface, then it pounces on the caddis. You probably know the drill.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
TaxonApril 26th, 2014, 2:34 pm
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Royse City, TX

Posts: 1350
Hi Louis-

Have you considered dapping? I believe that would be the most effective way to imitate the bouncing behavior of an egg-laying caddis.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
MartinlfApril 26th, 2014, 8:28 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Roger, I hadn't. Thanks. It may be difficult to get close enough to make this work, but it's worth a try. It did work for me a few weeks ago on a fish feeding on olives in an eddy whose currents defeated all other attempts.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
JOHNWApril 26th, 2014, 10:30 pm
Chambersburg, PA

Posts: 452
Tenkara or as my redneck friends call them Crappie Poles (that 10' monstrosity of yours might do the trick.
"old habits are hard to kill once you have gray in your beard" -Old Red Barn
PaulRobertsApril 29th, 2014, 11:22 pm

Posts: 1776
Lafontaine's "Dancing Caddis", fished on a 20ft Tenkara-style pole? Or maybe a hand-line lowered down from a bridge? Can't win em all I guess. But keep at it. :)

Reminds me of how we kids would tear the white tags from our shirt collars and dap them on hand-lines from the concrete walls lining the Barge Canal for rock bass and smallmouth during the drake emergences there. We would dance and vibrate the "fly" on the surface making a pretty lively and realistic presentation.

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