On both rivers and lakes June pretty much sees the start of sedge hatches proper when, come evening time the air fills with newly emerged adults and the sound of sipping trout.
Emerging in the blink of an eye, many species of caddis pupae are quick to free themselves of their prison like shucks. Followed by a hop and a skip they’re airborne within moments, leaving trout in bewilderment as to where their meal has gone?
Given sultry warm weather, any hatch is often condensed into that last hour of daylight, when countless caddis pupae ascend en masse. In the confusion now a high percentage of casualties occur (as much as 30 percent), in the form of stillborns that were unable to shake off their pupal shuck. Littering the surface they’re easy pickings for trout, which aren’t shy in taking advantage.
Dressed on a K4A(Y) the Stillborn Caddis is a ringer when copying these unfortunate naturals. Best of all however, the base material of poly-yarn remains highly water resistant (especially when ginked up), giving you confidence your fly is actually floating even when it’s difficult to locate in the half light.
Using either a pet’s flee comb or dubbing needle, it’s best to separate the poly-yarn fibres prior to tying in. This way they splay out more readily, almost enveloping the top half the fly, resulting in a busy, yet translucent looking insect. Remember too, not to pull these strands tight across the hook shank. Instead they should form a “hump” shape, suggesting a partially inflated caddis shuck.
By providing further buoyancy and a degree of movement the CdC wing/hackle serves two roles. Loose fibres can be gathered in a bunch on top of the hook shank to form a wind. However, for my money this CdC is better arranged in a dubbing loop, before being wound as a hackle and brushing the fibres upwards.
Hook: K4A/K4AY size 12-14
Thread: Primrose Danville's Flymaster 6/0
Rib: Brown poly-floss
Tail/Shuck: Beige poly-yarn
Body: Orvis No23 Caddis green