For most young people
starting out, directions to fish with a flyline may be too advanced. However,
they are included for those that may have the resources, knowledge and
experience to actually go out, fly cast and fish with proper fly fishing gear.
There are a variety of caddisfly patterns
that represent the various stages of the insects development. Each fly is
fished very differently. Here we will only discuss the Carey Special and how to
make it imitate the caddisfly pupa movements.
Caddisfly larvae live on the bottom of the
shoal/drop-off areas which are seldom deeper than 7 metres. When the Caddisfly
pupae emerge from their case and swim to the surface, they have a pair of
paddle-shaped legs that help them swim quickly to avoid predators. They take
three or four strokes with their "paddles" then pause. They then repeat this
motion until they reach the surface. They do not travel straight up but at an
angle of about 30 degrees. At the surface they transform into a winged insect.
When fishing a pupa pattern such as the
Carey Special, go to the shoal/drop-off area. Use a sinking line. Cast out and
let your line sink to near the bottom. Then pull the line (retrieve) in a
manner which imitates the swimming motion described above. Make several, quick,
10 to 20 cm pulls in a row. Then pause. Repeat this pattern of pulls and pauses
until the fly is near your boat.