Here is the fly pattern sheet for the RiverKeeper October Caddis.

RiverKeeper October Caddis |
October Caddis |
RiverKeeper October Caddis Materials |




Daiichi 1280 # 8 – 10






Small gold wire


Brown furnace


Black krystal flash


Black dyed elk


  1. Start thread on hook immediately behind hook eye and advance to barb.
  2. Tie in gold wire at the barb of hook.
  3. Tie in orange wool and wind forward. Stop 2 eye lengths back from eye.
  4. Tie in hackle where body stopped and wrap back to barb using 5 – 6 evenly spaced wraps.
  5. Hold hackle and using wire, wrap forward in 5 – 6 evenly spaced wraps and tie off at end of body. Wiggle wire while wrapping forward to prevent catching hackle barbs. Trim wire and hackle.
  6. Tie in 6 strands of krystal flash. After securing, fold remaining material back for wing. This technique will provide a total of 12 strands of flash for the underwing.
  7. Prepare elk hair, stack and measure proper amount for wing. Tie in elk hair where body stopped. Using pinch wrap, take 2 soft wraps, then pull straight down to tighten thread around hair and hook. Continue to wrap another 5 tight wraps. Pull hair ends upright and wrap thread through ends (2 or 3 times) to strengthen and keep hair in place. Trim butt ends of elk.
  8. Form head and whip finish or use half hitches to complete fly. Trim thread.

To learn more about the real bug, visit my blog – Ready for October Caddis?.

Personal tying notes:

  • For size 8 fly, use size 12 hackle


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