Ed Engle on the Black Caddisfly Curse

July 13, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

“I’ll start at the beginning. We arrived on the river prepared to have a pleasant morning of no-brainer dry fly-fishing to a little size 16 tan caddisfly that had been predictably trickling out of the riffles first thing in the morning. The word was that all you needed was a size 16 or 18 Puterbaugh Foam Caddisfly imitation, and the trout were yours.” Fishing the South Platte in Colorado, Ed Engle shows how even the most careful approach to fly selection and stream reading doesn’t always solve a mystery. In the Boulder Daily Camera.