Rhyacophilla, aka Green Rockworn

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Rhyacophilla, aka Green Rockworn

Post by Theroe » Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:22 pm

This is one of my all-time early spring favorites when the fish are not looking up. Both the Beaverkill and Lackawaxen are loaded with rhyacophilla and hydropsyche larvae 🐛..... The real trick is to get them down deep on the bottom where they live. I use two laps of sticky back lead tape on the shank, plus a dark tungsten bead for the head.
This group in the picture is tied with some special tungsten beads that are shaped like an insects head; they were sent to me by a friend and I figured to use them here.

Dana
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Re: Rhyacophilla, aka Green Rockworn

Post by Theroe » Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:25 pm

I had a couple of volunteers for the dinner table, here are the stomach contents:
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Re: Rhyacophilla, aka Green Rockworn

Post by ForumGhillie » Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:20 pm

Dana, excellent photo of caddis larvae.

My version of the green rockwork is my number #1 go to pattern in the early Spring as well.

Have you ever tried the Virtual nymph skins?

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Re: Rhyacophilla, aka Green Rockworn

Post by Theroe » Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:58 pm

John
If you mean the strips of rubber, yes. A very long time ago, we used rubber bands wound around the hook shank, then colored with a permanent marker. This aforementioned pattern tied on the Mustad 37160, was big in Pennsylvania during the mid 1970’s......

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Re: Rhyacophilla, aka Green Rockworn

Post by letumgo » Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:50 pm

Really nice Dana! Is that your own custom dubbing blend? Love the flies.
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Re: Rhyacophilla, aka Green Rockworn

Post by Theroe » Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:25 am

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No - in the 1980s, I bought these pre-made dubbing brushes consisting of two thin strands of copper wire twisted with green dubbing. They were recently rediscovered while I was digging through of my bins of material. Next time I go into my apartment in the city I’ll take some pictures and post them!

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Re: Rhyacophilla, aka Green Rockworn

Post by letumgo » Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:24 am

Dubbing brushes are a great idea for a bottom bouncer pattern. The wire core adds a bit more weight to ensure the fly sinks quickly.

Gives me incentive to pull out the dubbing twister I made several years ago. ;) :D
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