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Hugh Hartsell
07-28-2009, 11:57 PM
Stickbait is another one of the local flies that is hatching off in many streams. I was on Little River today and there were many of the wooden cases lying on rocks along the creek. This is one of the flies to have with you for the next few days. Sizes #14- 16 make good imitations. Good luck on the stream.
Hugh

MadisonBoats
07-29-2009, 10:51 AM
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Hugh,
Thanks for the tip! Do you have any pictures of the fly or hatch? I am not familiar with this setup...Thanks again for your time and help...

Hugh Hartsell
07-29-2009, 11:15 AM
Shawn,
There are many types and stages of the Cased Caddis and Stickbait is the more common of the types that we see in the Park. Here is a link to a good video that I found out of a North Carolina stream.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUosOcE1u-c
Here is another link to one of the flies that I tie to represent the larva stage. There are more versions and others on the board have their favorites as well. The adult is a small to medium sized tannish grey caddis that is imitated with a good Elk Hair Caddis imitation of similar color.
http://www.smokymountainflyguide.com/images/nymph_2/Stickbait.jpg
We are coming to an end to most of the natural occuring heavy insect hatches that occur in the mountain streams until we see the October Caddis. It will be mostly terrestrial insects and the Isonychia and Giant Golden Stonefly until we get to the heavy hatch of the October Caddis and the return of the BWOs.

MadisonBoats
07-29-2009, 04:14 PM
Thank You Hugh!

David Knapp
07-29-2009, 08:36 PM
Hugh, have you broken open any of the cases to see what color the larva are by chance?

Hugh Hartsell
07-29-2009, 09:13 PM
David,
Welcome back and I hope your trip was great.
The color of the stickbait found in the mountain streams is just about like the fly that I gave a link to. It is a pale creamy yellowish shade with a blending of brownish shades in places. The body is translucent. Some of the Czech Nymph patterns resemble it closely. The fly in the link to the picture is tied with Nymph Skin and some slight coloring is added with marker pens.
Hugh

P.S. I am hoping that Flyman comes back and revisits this thread and shows us one of his patterns that imitates this fly and if others have a good pattern that they are fond of, please show it.