October Never Sink Caddis Dry Fly Pattern

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October Never Sink Caddis Dry Fly Pattern

Legendary fly angler Gary LaFontaine said that the October Caddis hatch is one of the four best hatches for an angler to catch a trophy sized trout.  With this in mind it is important to be prepared when they start popping off the water.  When these bugs start hatching they are one of the biggest food sources for fish.  They are a big nutritious meal, and with colder winter months approaching they are important in preparing for them.  These insects are one of the coolest looking aquatic insects you will see with a beautiful orange colored body, and their pure size.

 

The October Caddis will hatch from September into November depending on where you live.  They generally begin to fly as soon as the leaves start changing colors.  Here in the West we call them October Caddis “Dicosmoecus”, and for those in the East you have its twin the Great Autumn Brown Sedge “Pycnopsyche”.  They closely mimic one another in their life cycle, and hatch.  It is important to be prepared ahead of time for these beautiful flies to be ready to go out and take advantage of the opportunity.  This hatch is equally important to trout as the Stoneflies and Salmon Flies in late spring into early summer.

 

Materials List:

Hook: Moonlit Competition Barbless ML052 Hook sz10-14

Thread: Semperfli Classic Waxed 8/0 Rust

Body: Natures Spirit Rusty Orange Barred Turkey Biot

Head/Over Body: Brown 2mm Tying Foam cut into strips to match gape of the hook

Wing: Natures Spirit X Caddis Bleached Deer Hair

Hackle: Whiting Farms Pro Grade Dyed Coachman Brown 

 

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