October Fly Box

Here are the flies I’m carrying in my October fly box.

I’ll begin with the October Caddis just because of it’s name.

October Caddis | www.johnkreft.com

These are big bugs, sizes 8 – 10. You’ll see October Caddis flitting over the water laying eggs. I usually blind cast an imitation because fish don’t take them like a normal “hatch”. The take is always exciting as the fish EXPLODE on this fly!

RiverKeeper October Caddis

October Caddis|www.johnkreft.com

Even though it has the name “October”, many fly fishers don’t realize this fly can be seen many months of the year. (Learn more about October Caddis in this POST.)

The other day, the water surface was full of Pale Morning Duns (PMDs) and  Cinygmula mayflies in sizes 16 – 18. These flies will be different shades of yellow.

Pale Morning Dun

PMD - Female|www.johnkreft.com

The only difference the fly fisher needs to know is the number of tails…3 vs 2. But I don’t think fish can count.

Tie on a RiverKeeper Soft Hackle CrippleSparkle Dun, PMD Parachute, or a PMD Mayfly Cripple to imitate these bugs.

RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple

RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple - PMD | www.johnkreft.com

Sparkle Dun

Sparkle Dun - PMD | www.johnkreft.com

For more information about PMDs, check out my Pale Morning Duns blog.

Blue wing olives – These are little guys. A big one is size 16. You’ll have better luck fooling a fish with a size 18 – 20 though. And yes, some are smaller yet.

BWO | www.johnkreft.com

This hatch is a staple throughout the winter, so you can look forward to some good fishing with these flies. BWOs come in a variety of colors…olive to a non-descript brown. I like the RiverKeeper Soft Hackle CrippleImproved Sparkle Dun and CDC & Biot to imitate these flies.

RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple

RiverKeeper Soft Hackle Cripple - BWO | www.johnkreft.com

Improved Sparkle Dun

BWO - Improved Sparkle Dun | www.johnkreft.com

CDC & BIOT

BWO CDC Biot | www.johnkreft.com

Fall Drakes – They’re back! This is the second round of drakes. The first drakes show themselves in May and June. The Fall Drakes are a little smaller, sizes 12 – 14. These are the Lesser Green Drakes (D. flavilinea) and Caudatella.

Caudatella Mayfly|www.johnkreft.com

CAUDATELLA MAYFLY CRIPPLE

Caudatella Mayfly Cripple|www.johnkreft.com

SPARKLE DUN

Green Drake Sparkle Dun | www.johnkreft.com

Just match size and color. The fish won’t care whether it’s a Flav or Caudatella.

How about Caddis? The standards will work here…Elk Hair Caddis and CDC & Elk. We’ve been using and catching fish on the Amber Iris Caddis.

AMBER IRIS CADDIS

Iris Caddis - Amber | www.johnkreft.com

Why? I don’t have a clue. In completing a little research for some Throw Back Thursday Flies (LaFontaine Emergent Pupa and LaFontaine Deep Sparkle Pupa), I reread part of Gary LaFontaine’s Caddisflies book. Some female caddis swim underwater to lay their eggs and are an easy target for trout. Perhaps that may be the answer, but I’m not sure.

Lastly, I know a few of you are asking about nymphs. Most of the time I fish dry flies. But I did try my Copper John Rainbows last week…and some of them work!

COPPER JOHN – FLORESCENT PINK

Copper John - Florescent Pink | www.johnkreft.com

I hope you will find a few of these flies in your October fly box.

Enjoy…go fish!

 

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