“When asked what their favorite time to fish, most hardcore B.C. still water fly fisher’s agree that late June and caddis fly hatches are at the top of the list. This time of year can bring some of the biggest trout to the top to feed and create some of the most exciting displays of surface takes that you may ever encounter.
Traveling sedges are also not your every day run of the mill caddis flies. No sir, these are the biggest of the big in the caddis fly world. Most travelers average around one inch long with many nearing the two-inch marker. In some instances I’ve seen them nearly three inches long and looking more like a dragonfly than a caddis.”
Yes sir, big glumps and wallowing over a big bushy Caddis dry is sooo much fun. Impart action of skittering and jiggling the fly across the surface toward you on the lake’s surface. Now, here is something from my own personal experience that may assist you. When you see the take, you may want to hesitate on the strike. I have noticed in B.C. and in Oregon that when the fish at first wallows or swamps over the fly there is a delay in the hook up. Yes, sometimes the fish simply takes the fly and it is hooked regardless of whether you were looking at your buddy across the way or the hot babe walking the shoreline in a halter top (ok, not that common, with the mosquitoes and all). But, often the fish appears to have missed the fly or maybe is trying to swamp it, for the fish immediately resurfaces and cleanly takes the fly. I can recall fishing on SalmonL. (B.C.) and Hosmer L. (Oregon) and seeing the take, setting and missing the set several times. First time, I was told by a nearby fly fisher to wait for the second take. It worked. Later in B.C. similar responses from the fish…and similar adjustments. It works. I believe any bushy oversized Caddis dry pattern can work, be it a Stimulator, Tom Thumb, Mikulak or Large Elk Hair Caddis. Fly fisherman express great pleasure in fishing dry flies as opposed to dredging the lower strata…this is even more exciting than most dry fly action..up there with Hex action and under more favorable conditions too.