Caddis in the Cupboards
Caddis are plentiful on the Upper Green River. Very plentiful. However, the fish don’t always key in on them as a meal. Last year, I can’t remember catching anything on a caddis – this year was different. While PMDs, BWOs, hoppers, and mayfly nymphs worked great during the day, this year, caddis imitations were the ticket in the evenings.
The morning hatch winds down most days by noon, 1 pm on some days. For those that keep fishing, it’s hopper-dropper time. For those like us that take a break after the hatch, it’s time for lunch, time for work, or a nap. The river glides by with only small dimples from juvenile trout. Opportunistic browns move to the edges in hopes of a big meal.
By 4 pm, the evening scene begins. It starts slow; a few disturbances just under the surface. Then, a head appears, then another. Browns and Whitefish begin to feed on any opportunity- spinners, caddis, pale evening duns, and BWOs with bright green egg sacs.
It can be difficult to figure out which bug they are feeding on if the food sources are plentiful. But in that last hour before dark, a CDC caddis with a grey body fools most of them.
Just a note on camping by the river – caddis invaded our space every night. There was caddis on the ceiling, caddis on the windows, even caddis in the cupboards. With no electricity and bad to no cell service, the caddis were entertaining. When they landed on the kitchen table, we found if you touched their antennas, they became aggressive. Ashamed to say, we provoked a few caddis fighting matches which we found to be quite entertaining.