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mookee54 07-25-2018 08:43 PM

Umpqua EZ Meal caterpillar
Umpqua EZ meal caterpillar fly. Fishing a small creek in NW AZ, tried all my usually productive flies without a bite so thought I'd try this "caterpillar". Hits on about every 2-3 casts - caught the same one 3 times. Caught and released about a dozen or so in less than an hour with some pretty agressive takes. A week later, fishing on Clear Creek N. of Golden CO. Tried 3 fly rigs that the local fly shop recommended (no takes at all but I'm used to the AZ creeks - much different than those "rivers" in CO). Came to a more familiar part of the stream near Idaho Springs and worked it for awhile without success. A few guys with a guide came by and pointed to an area in the stream where he said there was a nice 20" brownie and they'd tried everything in the box. I tied on an EZ meal cat and caught the monster in about the 5th cast. Love this caterpillar - almost as much as the bows and browns do!!!

Levisdad 07-25-2018 09:11 PM

Got pics?

joe 07-25-2018 09:55 PM

I quickly found it with a search: Umpqua EZ meal caterpillar

SAT 07-25-2018 10:28 PM

How about pics of the brown??? 😀

Tying2Fly 07-30-2018 03:48 PM

I tied some tent caterpillars for a tying contest in south east fly tiers several years ago but never really tried fishing them, but it is the season for them as I have seen them starting to form up in some trees. this is what mine looked like, though a bit bigger and has 2 hooks. I have them sitting on a blade of grass.

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