The Caddis and the Angler
The Caddis and the Angler a new look at the group of insects that is rapidly becoming the fly fisherman’s most important source of fishing and fly tying innovations by Larry Solomon and Eric Leiser: illustrations by John Lane
Most fly fishermen recognize caddis flies by their bouncing, erratic flight over trout streams. But fly fishing‘s traditional emphasis on the mayflies has obscured the importance of this insect to the trout, and to trout fishing—until now.
Published by Stackpole Books. Harrisburg, PA., 1977. 1981 reprint. 4to (194 x 240mm). Printed pages 224.
With The Caddis and the Angler, fly fishermen everywhere have the chance to explore a whole new brand of fly fishing. Here is the first comprehensive guide to caddis entomology, new fishing techniques, and caddis patterns—over fifty ties with proper dressings and full tying instructions.
The Caddis and the Angler is a full introduction to the caddis families, including identifying characteristics. Unlike the mayflies, caddis are available to the trout in four stages—larva, pupa, adult emerger, and ovipositing adult. Each of these forms of the insect creates a unique challenge for the fly fisherman. The Caddis and the Angler offers a close look at every stage of the caddis life cycle, and stream-tested advice on casts, techniques, and patterns for each.
The Caddis and the Angler is a pioneering book; in the outpouring of angling literature in the last decade, there has never been a book that put Trichoptera – the caddis families – in their proper focus as an important part of the trout’s diet. Yet in that same time period, these insects have become more and more the key to season-long success for the angler across the country. As our streams populations of mayflies have become diminished in many places by water pollution, the hardy caddis has begun to get more attention from both the trout and the fisherman and fly tier. The fish have made their own adaptation, but credit for providing the angler with the first practical guide to this unique aquatic insect will go to Larry Solomon and Eric Leiser.
The Caddis and the Angler is the first book devoted entirely to the art of fishing and tying caddis imitations. Of course, to fully understand fishing techniques, the angler must have an appreciation of caddis behaviour, and to help the practical angler grasp caddis entomology quickly and easily, the authors present this material in a dialogue form based on solid entomological research.
The Caddis and the Angler features emergence charts for major caddis families for the East, Midwest, West, and Far West. And to prepare for them, there is a special chapter devoted to local patterns – forty in all – in addition to the traditional and recently developed caddis patterns like the Breadcrust, Solomon’s Hairwing Caddis, and Len Wright‘s Skittering Caddis. Many of these patterns, new tying techniques, and materials have been developed by the authors and their team of contributors.
The Caddis and the Angler is the product of careful research by dedicated anglers. Bringing the art of fly fishing up to date, the results of Larry and Eric’s work will help extend your fly fishing success, and open up a new fly fishing frontier to anglers everywhere.
Book and jacket design by Joan Stoliar. Photo credits; Front: top, Ralph Graves; middle, Larry Solomon; bottom, William Claiborne. Back: Larry Solomon Jacket design Copyright to 1977 Joan Stoliar, Ralph Graves, William Claiborne, Larry Solomon.
Larry Solomon and Eric Leiser have created a unique fly-fishing partnership, researching, tying, fishing, and finally writing The Caddis and the Angler, a unique guide to the important caddis families of the United States. Drawing on entomological research and the help of local angling contributors, Larry and Eric have assembled in one book all the information that fly fishers need to identify and imitate caddis hatches across the country. Among the many unique and practical features in
The Caddis and the Angler
- Identification charts for all the important North American caddis families, including case and wing illustrations.
- Basic caddis entomology; how to know the larva, pupa, and adult stages, with a special section on ovipositing.
- Casting and fishing techniques for each stage – the extension cast, the tension dry fly casts. and others.
- Step-by-step, illustrated tying patterns for each caddis stage.
- A guide to identifying rise-forms for caddis.
- Emergence charts for the East, Midwest, West, and Far West.
- Over forty local patterns for caddis fishing
“This is a landmark book – the first-ever to tell the fly fisherman everything he needs to know about caddis flies, their imitations and how to fish them. It does for the caddis what Art Flick’s New Streamside Guide did for the mayfly, and should be the standard practical book on this topic for years to come.” -Leonard M. Wright Jr.