I look forward to the month of September every year because I know I’ll have some great fishing the next two months! In addition, it’s the time of year when several bigger bugs hatch. How about October Caddis or the fall drakes? Fall is a fly fisher’s dream. Below, you’ll find the flies that make up my September fly box. Here are a few fish from last year that we hope to catch again!

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Metolius Rainbow

We see a variety of olive mayflies this time of year. I’ll be on the lookout for Caudatella (size 12 – 14), Flavilinea (size 12 – 14), and Ameletus (size 12 – 14). (You can read more about these mayflies in my post – Confusing Mayfly Names.) And don’t forget about Blue Wing Olives.

In addition to the olive mayflies, I’ve recently been fishing PMD patterns in sizes 16 and 18 with success.

You’ll find a few of my favorite mayfly patterns below:

How about caddis from size 8 to 22? Quite a size range, right? Well, the largest are October Caddis down to a micro caddis. You’ve got to be prepared! Here are the caddis patterns I carry:

And last, but not least, are the Stoneflies. I’ll carry imitations for a size 6 Cascade Stone to the numerous size 16 olive stones.

And don’ forget about Beetle Bailey. He’s been working too!

If this is too confusing with the variety of insects available for the trout to choose from, just remember, choose size first, then profile, and lastly color and hope for the best.

Enjoy…go fish, stay safe!

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