Here in the West, October caddis usually start to show up after the first chilly squalls of September. The same is true, according to Tim Flagler, in the Northeast. I love the October hatch because it will usually last through Indian Summer until the first in-earnest high-country snowfall, usually sometime in November.
In the video above, Flagler ties the Euro nymph version of the October caddis, a fly that can be deadly as a dropper below a fluffy dry-fly version of the fall caddis, or simply fished Euro-style with a high-stick nymph rod. I might even consider fishing it on the swing. It looks like a deadly pattern and after watching Tim tie it, I think it’s doable for a ham-handed tier like me.
Give it a shot and see what you think.
— Chris Hunt