Here is another of the very productive flies I use in
Patagonia, Argentina, a caddis imitation that I cast in
big rivers and bocas (mouth), to tempt the very big browns
and rainbows. I use it in the Atlantic Salmon and
steelhead style, waked or skatted on the surface; playing
with the currents, the wind, the rod tip and the line.
Not many anglers know the technique here. I noticed several
years ago that when no other flies work (streamers or dead drift
dries), this big caddis "running" on the surface is an amazing
option, it makes the lazy monster that's resting deep, rise
like a rocket. Of course, based on the original EHC, I changed
the dubbing body to foam and two stiff hackles like the
Bomber, instead of just one for better floation. Then I trim
the base, flat "like a tooth brush," and we have a real
Materials for the Green Skating Caddis:
Hook:Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp LO59S #6
Thread: Ultra Thread waxed
Body: Green (brown or yellow) foam strip.
Rib: Thin Gold wire.
Flash: Krystal Flash green, 4 6 strands.
Hackle: Two grizzly rooster feathers, palmered together.
Wing: Elk body hair.
~ Juan Jose Serra (Rocketfish) Patagonia, Argentina
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