This pattern is one of the most durable, successful patterns for steelhead in Lake Michigan rivers. Post-spawn steelhead spend much of their days eating to replenish their strength before returning to Lake Michigan. The rhyacophia caddis is a common, bright chartreuse green larva that is readily available to these big rainbows. Tied on a lighter wire caddis hook, the Neon Caddis is also a very effective trout pattern. Green caddis are one of the steelhead’s favorite foods while in the river from November to April. These free-living caddis are available all year to fish and this pattern is bright and looks alive in the water.
Hook: Orvis 62KC #10
Optional non-toxic lead wraps at the bead to seat the bead
Bead: Black Tungsten bead 5/32
Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 black
Body: Chartreuse vinyl rib overwrapped medium chartreusse holographic tinsel
Thorax: Black Hare’s Ice Dub picked out
Hackle: Starling brushed back