Ian's Crunchy Caddis

This is one of the newer flies that have the fly fishing world applauding.


This fly is an Ian Colin James pattern that has built a reputation over the years as one of the best emerging caddis patterns around. If you don't believe us, read the reviews below. This is one of the most highly reviewed and well-liked fly patterns in our collection of flies. These flies seem to work on just about anything short of saltwater flyfishing. Color, Natural.
Sizes: 10, 12, 14.
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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 41 reviews


40 of 41 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great Fly - 8/27/2015
    By: from Pagosa Springs, CO

    Seems like this time of year here in the San Juan River, also the Rio Grande and tributaries this fly can't miss. I use it a lot, and glad I found it last year. Had to buy more because the trout mess them up after a few catches.

  • 5/5

    Crunchy Caddis - 5/28/2015
    By: from Alpharetta. GA

    This is one of my favorite fly for fishing a dropper. I have caught steelhead, browns, rainbows and even bass with this fly. I once took a fly tying course from Ian and have a number of his dynamite flies.

  • 5/5

    The right choice for selective trout - 4/4/2015
    By: from Asheville NC

    This is a great design that seems to do very well with selective trout or trout that see a lot of pressure. I played a nice brown on the Davidson in North Carolina, that wouldn't touch anything until I presented Ian's Crunchy Caddis. The fly was taken on the first cast. Unfortunately my knot did not hold and the 20 plus incher took the fly and left me shamed. I look forward to the next time out to test the fly again. So far I love it..

  • 5/5

    doesn't really look like a snail - 12/31/2014
    By: from Colorado

    maybe the fish will know better. haven't tried it yet.

  • 5/5

    One of my Go-To flies - 12/5/2014
    By: from Marietta, GA

    If fish are splashing and I see no bugs on the water, it usually means Caddis hatching. This fly is what I usually tie on first, and most of the time it is what the fish want.

  • 5/5

    Great for Bluegill - 9/9/2014
    By: from Saint Louis, Mo

    Pulls Bluegill out of creeks, rivers, and ponds every time. Great fly for practicing fly fishing and still catching fish while doing it.

  • 5/5

    Bluegills Magnet - 6/30/2014
    By: from Sugar Land, TX

    I ordered a few Ian's Crunchy Caddis, in various sizes on line, just to try it out for panfish. I could not keep the bluegills off of them. Had to go to my local Orvis store to get more for resupply.

  • 4/5


  • 5/5

    Super Quality - 4/18/2013
    By: from Liberty Lake, WA

    I am very happy with this purchase, the quality is fantastic and I can't wait to throw this fly!

  • 5/5

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