This is one of our favorite patterns for skittering across lakes because it is very difficult to sink and has a very realistic silhouette to the fish looking for egg-laying females from below. The goddard caddis features a spun deer hair body and several turns of brown hackle from the thorax to the hook eye, making it a perfect caddis imitation to throw in faster currents like we fish on the Madison and Gallatin rivers. The antennae were originally tied with stripped hackle stems, but in many commercial fly tying companies have made the switch to 1-2 lb maxima chameleon like you see in the picture of the natural variation. It deserves a place in any discerning angler’s flybox. Tied on hook sizes 12 to 6.
Originally known as the G & H Sedge, it was created by John Goddard and Clive Henry in England as a stillwater pattern. Goddard gave the pattern to Andre Puyans (a great fly tyer as well from California) in the 1960’s. Puyans in turn shared it in the Bay Area and called the fly the Goddard Caddis.
The original stillwater version was tied with a belly of green fur with clipped deer hair over the top.