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Oct 15 2009

Segmented Foam October Caddis aka "Yak Caddis"Popular Contributor: dcarp
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Classification: Freshwater
Category: Dry
Bugs & Baits: Caddis Hopper Salmonfly Stonefly
Fish: Trout
Color(s): Amber Brown Orange Rust
Recipe viewed 8329 times. Recipe ID: 987655635

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Segmented Foam October Caddis aka

Hopper / Dry type - size 6-12
Olive, Tan, or Burnt Orange 6/0
3 - 1/8 in strips of closed cell foam - Tan, Orange and Brown
Orange Krystal Flash
Natural Elk Body hair
Tan Dubbing (Rabbit, Squirrel or Angora)
Round Rubber

This is a high floating imitation of the famed "October Caddis" Hatch on many Western rivers. I've been working on variations of this fly for several years. With the assistance of Yakima River gruide, Derek Young of Emerging Rivers Guide Service (Snoqaulmie, WA), I think we've got something good here. If you've never tied with closed cell foam, give it a try. It's a fun product with lots of options. Use this pattern for hoppers, stoneflies, and swallas too. With a few changes in color of foam, flash, thread, etc., it can be used for any number of big bugs. A great fly to use in a Hopper/Dropper rig because of it's floatation.

Update- Feburary 2011

This fly pattern was picked up by Orvis and can be purchased online, through their catalog or at your local Orvis Fly shop.

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  • By: EmergingRivers
  • Date: 10/15/09
Rips lip on the Yakima River

Dave's got a winner here - he worked hard to get my feedback into this final version, a killer pattern for fall caddis.