The Shwa Creek Caddis is a pattern I’ve adapted over the past couple seasons starting with a simple caddis Pupa pattern. I’ve added a lightly contrasting rib of UNI-Yarn to dull down the bright chartreuse and added ostrich herl (or dyed black peacock) over the bronze olive Diamond Dubbing I had been using. The ostrich adds a bit of movement to the fly. If you would like me to tie a few for you, you can get in touch through the About Us page.
Shwa Creek Caddis fly pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad C49s #10-18
Bead: Black brass or tungsten
Thread: Dark olive 6/0 (140d)
Rib: UNI-Yarn Insect Green
Body: Fl. Chartreuse Laser Dubbing
Thorax: Black ostrich herl
Thorax: Bronze olive Diamond Dubbing
I developed the Silkworm Chironomid around 2005 for targeting trout in Alberta’s pothole lakes like Star Lake, Muir Lake, and Phyllis Lake. The body of the chironomid is made from UNI-Glo, a glow in the dark tinsel. While it does glow, this effect fades after a minute or so in the dark, but the light color helps fish key in on a quick snack.
It’s been a successful pattern for trout, perch, sunfish, and crappie. It has also taken a couple smallmouth bass. I’ve sold this fly to clients mostly in the western states and provinces, but I’ve done well using it in Ontario waters as well. I normally use brass beads, but you could use either glass or tungsten to adjust their sink rate.
You can fish this fly on a long leader using a very slow retrieve, or fish it under a strike indicator and let the wind move the fly.
Silkworm Chironomid Fly pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad C49s #10-18
Bead: White brass or tungsten
Thread: Blue 6/0 (140d)
Rib: Fine copper wire
Thorax: 1-2 peacock herls
It’s a simply pattern but really one that every stillwater angler should have a full stock of in their flybox. It can be fished on a long leader, under an indicator or jigged. Carrying these in your fly box could be the difference between being skunked out on the lake and being envied by every other angler on the water. Set the fly 5-8 feet under a strike indicator, and be ready to set the hook when the indicator moves. If nothing hits the fly, move it down 6 inches every 10 minutes until you start getting hits on the fly. These also make some of the best ice fishing lures for trout and perch. The assortment is just $12/doz and includes 4 of each colour (black, olive, red) in one size.
Hook: Mustad C49S
Thread: UNI 8/0 match to body colour
Bead: White brass match size to hook
Wire: Fine copper wire
Body: Super stretch floss