Last summer I decided to sign up for a "basic" fly fishing course offered through the local community college extension course catalog. It sounded simple enough-- learn about flying fishing, practice casting, catch a fish.
As soon as the class started, I knew there was far more to fly fishing than tying a hook to a line. It sounded like a college Entomology class-- the study of fresh-water insects, their eggs, larva, pupa, emergers, dunns, spinners-- particularly the life cycles of the May Fly, Baetis Fly, Caddis Fly and Stone Fly, plus some mosquitoes, grasshoppers, ants and crane flies.
It was overwhelming. So, I decided to study and break it down into its basic essentials-- all to make it easy and enjoyable. Here's what I learned.
CADDISFLIES (once they are hatched out of the water and are flying around in the air) are (a) about the same size as Mayflies, but maybe a little bigger, and are recognizable by (b) wings are swept back and (c) the two long antennae. The second picture is a Caddisfly.