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 4.8 / 5 based on 39 reviews


38 of 39 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 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

    Top 1000 Contributor

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    It Works - 4/3/2012
    By: from Downingtown Pa
    Top 250 Contributor

    This fly in a #14 has really produced in my local river which has good hatches of caddis. I have been using this fly on the bottom with or without split shot. Have some of these in your box you will use it often.

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