Black Dancer Caddis
Originator: Danie Erasmus
Hook: #16 Mustad 94840
Thread: 8/0 Black
Abdomen: Black superfine dubbing
Wing: Two black CDC
Pink spot: Pink egg yarn
Legs: Black CDC
Black Dancer caddisflies of the Genus Mystacides belong to the long horn caddisfly family Leptoceridae. This caddis has extraordinarily long antennae with black wings, and they fly erratically along the shoreline vegetation. To imitate this caddis use fly patterns tied onto size 16 and 18 hooks.
The larvae of Black Dancers build long narrow tubes using conifer needles, other organic matter, and small pebbles. Look for the larvae in slower moving water such as back eddies and shallow water closer to shore.
When ready to hatch, the pupae swim to the surface where the adult emerges in open water. This hatch takes place in the mornings from June to July. To lay their eggs, the females return in the early evening to deposit them on the surface.