Fishing Fly tying

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.

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

By Chris Hunt.