Steelhead Caddis Larva Color Patterns

Caddis Larva

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Caddis Larva are tied on short, curved, and offset hooks:  Eagle Claw L042 s.e. Wide Gap, Wide Offset, or the smaller XStrong KoreaSun 7051 d.e Scud hook.  The abdomen is slender segmented yarn, the head is peacock herl or dubbed fur.

These are generally fished by bottom bouncing, 5 to 8 feet behind the lead.  Caddis larva are a common food on the stream bottom.  They and are swept up into the flow when spawning females dig out their nests.