Morrish October Caddis Pupa

Created by Ken Morrish



HOOK: 3X long, 2X heavy, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 5263 or equivalent.

HEAD: Black bead

THREAD: Burnt orange

RIB: Amber Schwannundaze

ABDOMEN: Ginger and orange Haretron (or equivalent) mixed

WINGCASE: Pearl Krystal Flash


HACKLE: Brown partridge

ANTENNAE: Pheasant tail fibers

COLLAR: Hot orange ostrich herl

HEAD: Dark brown dubbing



October caddis are the big bug of the fall--almost as big and almost as numerous as the salmonflies that anglers go ga-ga over in late spring. Yet this insect causes great frustration to fly many fly fishers, to the point of being ignored and under appreciated. Why? Because on some rivers trout reliably rise to the adult, and on other rivers they show only tepid or occassional interest. Don't ask why, because I don't know.

Despite the mixed and variable reactions to adults, however, nearly all trout will take the pupa. In a manner similar to salmonflies, the pupae crawl toward the riverbank when ready to hatch, and the adult emerges on dry land. This journey is fraught with peril, and many pupae drift in the current, where they become a juicy meal for an eager trout. So bouncing one of these guys along the river bottom in September or early October is an excellent strategy.



Dead drift on the bottom with an trout indicator or tight line presentation.



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