Hey, much thanks, ALL! Your comments are inspiring.
Keith, I don't know about calling this "Babe"
It's got that "from the wrong side of the tracks" look. "Babe" is just too cute a moniker
I took the prototype caddis over for a swim in trout habitat during not so ideal conditions. I was very pleased with it. Now, I don't swing for trout but I did trial a swing with the Pig and that lip on it does make it wake on the surface. It still needs steelhead affirmation.
But the trout love this thing. I outfished my buddy who used a dry-dropper combo and I stuck to my guns with this caddis (the Pig outfished a variety of Chubby Chernobyls, Clark's Stones, and Stimi variants). It works fine on a traditional upstream dead-drift presentation. I'd try to sneak it under overhanging branches that hold caddis and recently hatched stoneflies. I did grease my leader and the fly.
Of note. If the angler is not accustomed to fishing dries and has mediocre vision, they might struggle seeing the pattern consistently on the surface. It is low-riding and has that natural tone that at times gets lost in the shadows. I mitigate this by using a short line when fishing for trout under the trees...not to exceed 30 ft casts for better line control.
My preferred tool is a 7ft Eagle Claw fiberglass rod. Limber enough to load on a short line and not too long where you struggle with hooksets under the limbs (Ever try to cast or set the hook on a 9ft high-end graphite rod and try to untangle line and rod wrapped in the limbs? Yup... no need to worry about that with this workhorse). Plus it's a deadly fish-fighting machine.
My other little happy trick: the "No-Spin Knot":
Click on image for video...I might have to start another thread about this knot: it's steelhead certified