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Giant Fall Caddis

Giant Fall Caddis: A Trout’s Last Big Meal Before Winter

A Trout’s Last Big Meal Before Winter

Most of a trout’s food in the fall comes in the small to tiny size range. Tiny blue-winged olives of the genus Acentrella (family Baetidae) hatch on cloudy afternoons, their light gray bodies barely five millimeters long, make even a size 20 dry fly look like a giant. Mixed in with these little mayflies float midges of various types often so small that the tiny upright wings of the mayflies hide them on the water. Caddis too seem to shrink in size with the shrinking daylight of fall. Little saddle-case caddis (family Glossosomatidae) that provided fast action in May make an appearance once more from mid-September through October, and if you can match them with a size 18 pupa or dry fly consider yourself lucky...

Morrish's Deep October Pupa

Morrish's Deep October Pupa

Trout candy for most western streams and rivers..

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Stimulator, Kaufmann's Orange

Stimulator, Kaufmann's Orange

The Orange Stimulator is the go-to fly for most anglers who target trout feeding on giant fall caddis...

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Berry's Milf Steelhead Fly

Berry's Milf Steelhead Fly

The Milf has proven to be effective any time of year, even during winter when the water is cold. Of course then it is best fished with a sinking tip line...

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Gloves for fly fishing

Gloves for fly fishing

Many types of gloves are used while fly fishing. Some gloves are worn for protection from the sun. Others are used for protection from cold. Still others are used for protection from skin abrasion, or for friction while tailing or handling fish...

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