Here is the fly pattern sheet for the Morrish October Caddis.
And here is a picture of the real insect.
TMC 100 #8
Orange foam, 2mm
Stacked elk or deer hair
Tan foam, 2mm
Brown and medium ginger
- Begin by creating the foam body. Insert a strip of orange foam on a needle, about the width of the hook gape.
- Start thread in front of foam and bring both ends forward and place two soft wraps around foam while slowly compressing foam. Add a 4 – 5 firm thread wraps to secure.
- Wrap thread forward with a few wraps to create another segment. Bring both ends forward again and place two soft wraps around foam while slowly compressing foam. Add 4 – 5 firm thread wraps to secure.
- Repeat process until 6 segments are created. Finish with a couple of half-hitches and trim thread. Slide completed foam body off needle.
- Insert the hook into the front of body and push hook through foam and out of the second segment.
- Place hook in vise and begin thread at hook eye. Continue winding thread ending about the half-way point.
- Trim foam and end up with a point. Brush on a little super glue and wrap thread over foam, securing foam on hook. Be sure to use the thread to taper this tie-in point.
- Cut a piece of tan foam about the width of the hook gape. Trim one end to a point and tie in on top of hook, beginning at initial tie-in point of body. Use thread to cover foam, creating smooth underbody.
- Select elk hair, clean and stack and place on hook. Place two soft thread wraps around elk hair and pull slowly to tighten. Continue with thread wraps to secure on hook. Trim butts.
- Select two hackles, strip barbs for tie-in and tie both in at elk hair tie-in point.
- Bring each forward separately. Tie off.
- Whip finish in front of tan foam.
- Trim “nose” to length. Trim edges as well.