How to: Bead Head Olive Serendipity

Materials List:

  • Hook: TMC 2457 #12 to #18
  • Thread: 6/0 olive
  • Bead: Gold
  • Weight: Lead wire
  • Body: Olive antron yarn
  • Collar: hares ear dubbing


The bead head olive serendipity is one of my favorite caddis large nymph patterns. If I just want to catch fish or fishing is tough I drop this fly off of a rubber leg and get serious. My best sizes are #14 and #16, probably because there are lots of caddis larva is that size drifting along the river bottom.