The October caddis (genus Dicosmoecus) is one of the last great hatches of fall across much of the country. And after tossing size 22 Blue-Winged Olives, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, and such, it’s always great to tie on a bigger fly. The trout feel the same way, ready for something meatier after all the hors d’oeuvres they’ve been eating.
In this great video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler walks you through the steps to tie a great Soft Hackle pattern. This one is quite easy to tie, with just three materials. As usual, Tim offers tips and tricks that will help you get all the materials right where they belong.
October Caddis Soft Hackle
Hook: Orvis Tactical Barbless Wide Gap Hook, size 10.
Thread: Brown, 8/0 or 70 denier.
Rib: Gold Ultra Wire, small.
Tails/body: Burnt Orange Chickabou feather.
Hackle: Burnt Orange Brahma Hen Soft Hackle feather.
Head: Tying thread.
Some October-themed tunes: