When most insect hatches have come to an end in the western US, that is the time when the October caddis flies kick into gear. These flies hatch in the fall and can quickly catch the attention of trout. These caddis can be found in several colors from dark brown to the orange coloration you can see below.
It is Mid January as I type this, but the reason for this post is to get you thinking about tying up some patterns that will work while you might be in your winter fly tying mood. If you are like me, you probably won’t be too motivated to tie these patterns in the summer and fall when you will need them.
During August and September in areas where the larva are found you can often catch a lot of trout using these patterns. These flies will often become dislodged from the rocks in swift current making them an easy meal for trout.
These are usually not flies you will find in most people’s fly boxes, but there might come a day in the future where you will wish you had a couple. They are easy to tie and can really help to round out your fall fly box.