EP TRIGGER POINT CADDIS PATTERNS
Enrico Puglisi may not be well known
in the freshwater scene but in the saltwater arena he is well and truly a
world leader. Check it out yourself by simply typing his name into
Google and you will see what I mean.
Enrico will tell you that he knows very little about the freshwater scene and that is why back in 2006 he asked me to develop a range of freshwater winging materials with him. The project was to use his exclusive silky fibres and develop a range that would match up most colours found in the insect world. Believe me it was a big ask but together we worked it out.
We called this new winging material “EP Trigger Point International” or EP-TPI. It is still very new here in Australia but it is available from a couple of places, being Hook Up Bait and Tackle 03-9758 4332 or Aussie Angler 03-9432 1591 amongst others.
The range covers some sixteen colours and it is already making an impact overseas. As an example Orvis has placed it in all stores, of which I believe there are something like five hundred across America.
Last year I attended the World
Tuscany Open Fly Tying Competition in Italy as a guest judge and I again
caught up with Enrico who had with him a mass of our winging material, some
of which was duly handed out to a number of highly skilled fly dressers with
impressive international reputations.
One such tyer is Fabrizio Gajardoni, who is the sort of person who is very easy to become friendly with. Earlier this year I invited Fabrizio, along with Hans Van Klinken of Klinkhamer fame, to join our guest fly tyer list on this website and you can see quite a bit of his work here. During one of our many email conversations Fabrizio told me that he had adapted several of his favourite patterns using the Trigger Point winging material as a medium and had sent a bunch of them to Enrico in America. He also offered to send over a set of the same flies - how could I say no?
Although there are some 9000 species of caddis worldwide and ten times as many patterns to represent them, we do have a common link in that many of the international patterns are so similar to the ones we use that they may only need minor adjustments to suit our needs.
Using the EP Trigger Point winging material as the main medium for this range of flies, conjointly we have developed the following caddis patterns that, as you can see, we have been able to match up with a number of common Caddis found along our waterways. All of the actual Caddis moths shown are Australian species and are common over the summer months along most of our mountain streams.
The winging material is unique, you can easily blend it with other colours, in turn adding highlights or darkening, being pre-treated with a product called Water-shed which gives this material a permanent waterproof coating. On top of that it is marking pen friendly.