Fly tying: Electric caddis larva

With a good 80 percent of the country feeling like a deep freeze these days, it's a good time to be talking about winter fly fishing. And winter flies, of course.

JC's Electric Caddis Larva

Above, Tim Flagler walks through the process of tying John Collins' Electric Caddis Larva, a great wintertime searching pattern for bottom-dwelling trout that might be in the same cold-weather funk we're almost all in these days. This is a really appealing fly, and it will show up among the naturals thanks to its color and sheen. It also imitates an important wintertime food source.

It can be a bit tricky to tie (shoving wire through the tubing will take some practice and some patience), but, in the end, it'll likely be worth it. 

— Chris Hunt

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