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Fly Days of August: Carpet Caddis

August 17th, 2009 · 4 Comments

This is one of my favorite caddis patterns. I call it the carpet caddis because of a trip where I had to improvise to get some flies in the box. We were fishing the Firehole in late September, and getting skunked while there were fish rising all over. They seemed to be keying in on a very light colored caddis fly; and I didn’t have any in my box.

Luckily, we have cream colored carpet at the cabin. Long story short, the carpet fibers made a good underwing. We caught fish the next day with the carpet caddis.

I’ve since learned that it was the White Miller caddis those afternoons, and now have some specialized patterns to match. However, I still remember those carpet caddis flies.

Don’t want to sacrifice your carpet? Use Zelon instead.

Carpet Caddis

Carpet Caddis

Carpet Caddis

  • Hook: Tiemco 100, size 14 or 16
  • Body: Cream colored dubbing
  • Underwing: Cream Zelon or shag carpet fibers
  • Overwing: 2 Partridge feathers
  • Hackle: Grizzly

Tags: Fly Tying

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tim Barker // Aug 17, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Nectopsyche Caddis perhaps? Did it have long antennae?

    PT/TB 😉

  • 2 WhiskeyCreek // Aug 17, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Tim,

    Yes, I think that was the Nectopsyche. Here is a latin to common name decoder ring: http://users.eastlink.ca/~dryfly/hatchtax.htm

  • 3 Tim Barker // Aug 18, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Ck. out this article:


    They have a good cripple imitation in their custom fly section…

    Craig Matthews misidentified this bug a couple of years ago and developed some nifty patterns to represent it. He thought it was Oecetis back in ’04 until he had an entomologist take a closer look. Your tie is a good representation!!!

    PT/TB 🙂

  • 4 Fly Days of August: White Miller Caddis // Aug 31, 2009 at 5:02 am

    […] hatch that is seen on the Firehole in the fall.  Previous posts about the White Miller include the Carpet Caddis and the […]

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