Originally Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org
What color caddis wing / body?
I honestly don't recall the actual bugs, I just usually fish an elk hair caddis with fairly light wings and ostrich herl body, palmered brown saddle hackle, orange thread head. I don't tie a bunch of varieties nor sizes. I just use whatever is left over from the mothers day hatch, which is usually the above pattern size 16ish.
In june pmd's in the evenings and terrestrials and golden stones (I forgot that on my first list, thanks to mtgreenhead for that reminder) in the day will be you're go to dry fly choices. Caddis might be a nice changebut not something I'd spend a ton of time throwing, If there are a fair number of cadis on the water I'd go to small olive or yellow stimulators, they will represent bothe cadis or golden stones. If you were to go early to mid may, cadis all the way. Unless of course you hit the salmon fly hatch...
If it were me I'd focus on the afore mentioned Tar Baby, pmds (cripples are my favorite, always seem to get strikes). Parachute adams usually suffices for most mayfly's including pmd's that's why I usually run cripples or downy duns in specific species patterns. My mayfly rig is usually an adams (slightly larger than the hatch) with a species specifc cripple as a trailer. I rarely fish one fly. Caddis, I almost always drop a small prince or some sort of small cadis larvae pattern. Tar-baby or stimulators; I drop a large prince, hare's ear or smaller (size 6ish) golden stone.
If I have to work too hard on the fly rod, I'll happily switch to a spinning rod and throw black and gold panther martins. I too love rapala's but not their cost and on the Smith a PM works nearly as well.