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Meet Josh Linn.  He guides on our local rivers and the prestigious and remote Sandy River in Alaska.  When not guiding, Josh works at the Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon as a purchasing agent.   Josh is a true steelhead addict who has a lot of on the water experience, and access to all the world's best fly fishing gear.  Josh fishes with the best, because he can.  That's why he uses Simms products like the G-3 Waders, In-Vest Jacket and the visor he is wearing in this unsolicited picture of

him and a steelhead he took with a waking fly from water I had already fished.  I also wear a lot of Simms gear and so does my wife, Patty.  That is how Josh and Marcy found out about Simms.

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Marcy Stone works at The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, Oregon.  She has only been fly fishing for about a year, but is pictured here landing her seventh fly caught steelhead.  Like her boyfriend Josh, she has direct access to all the worlds best gear. Marcy is very athletic. She throws bullets with her G. Loomis "Stinger" Scandinavian Action Spey rod, and enjoys the smooth operation of her Nautilus-12 reel.  She also knows that keeping her muscles at that perfect temperature enhances her performance on the water.  The Simms WaderWick Under Wader Wear and WindStopper Soft Shell provide the layering under her In-Vest Jacket, G-3 Waders and L-2 Boots.  Marcy, a slim curvaceous blond, found that Men's G-3 Waders actually fit her better than the Women's G-3 waders, plus she has the advantage of extra pockets, tippet dispenser and hand-warmer.  Marcy looks plenty feminine in her high performance apparel.
These pictures tell her latest fishing story.

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We have known many people in their late seventies and early eighties that were avid fly fishers.
We can tell you for sure, that fly fishing is a great sport from your teen to your sixties!

Summer has come to an end.  The water in Oregon will cool; slowly at first, then more quickly as winter approaches.  There will be a whole new series of hatches.
Fall Caddis Hatches - Big fish on the surface are the attraction.


The Pacific Northwest has some spectacular giant caddis hatches. Most of these hatches are in the fall, but some cold spring creeks have hatches through much of the winter and into the spring as well. The fat bodies of winged adults are in colors that range from light tanish orange to yellowish orange to bright orange to burnt orange.   Wings are usually gray but there are 
also brown tones. There are apparently a number of different sub-species in what is commonly called October Caddis or Fall Caddis or Giant Caddis.  Most belong to the family Dicosmoecus. They range from California to Alaska.  
The larva of these giant caddis build tube-like cases.  During the winter months when the larva are tiny, these cases are made from vegetable matter attached to a foundation of silk.  As the larva grows in size through the spring months they abruptly switch to cases made from small gravel.  You can observe these larvae crawling around on the streambed dragging their cases with them as the forage for algae and decaying plant and animal matter.  During the the summer months of June and July Dicosmoecus larvae are important trout foods.  Daily behavioral drift cycles occur in the early afternoon, usually peaking about 4:00 P.M.  They are one of the few families of caddis that leave their cases before behavioral drift cycles.  This makes them extremely enticing to large trout.  In August these larvae seal themselves in their cases and by September they are ready to emerge as adults.
Emergence occurs from late afternoon until dark.  The pupae usually swim and crawl to shallow water, but some emerge mid-river. Many actually crawl from the water to hatch on rocks along the shore.  Even when adults are not active, you can tell if October Caddis have been hatching by observing their shucks on stream margin rocks.  If prospecting with a dry October Caddis often crawl out onto stream side rocks to hatch, leaving their discarded shucks as evidence.
The evidence of October Caddis shucks suggests the choice of an October Caddis Pupa as the right fly. October Caddis pattern doesn't turn up any interest, try a pupa pattern.  Pumpkin orange color is usually the best.   Try fishing your pupa suspended from a dead drifted dry fly.  This technique can be very productive late in the evening when both egg laying adults and hatching pupas are both active. Steelhead as well as trout can be fooled by this trick.
Egg laying occurs in the afternoon and evening.  The big fate juicy females flop around on the water exuding their eggs.  They are a prime attraction for fish of all sizes.  Fishing a big orange body dry fly can be productive any time of day if you fish in shady spots under overhanging 

Adult October Caddis.

October Caddis adults hiding from the heat of mid-day. trees.  Some caddis are active during moderate temperature days.  Most of the big caddis rest in the shade of vegetation throughout hot days.  These caddis are perfectly camouflaged to hide during the day and wait for evening flights.  

October Caddis, Chew Toy
New and improved?  Well at least new and very interesting.  The sparkly copper thorax and orange and black striped rubber legs give this fly an alien appearance.  But the flat foam wing is the shape of a big caddis as seen from below.
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20-0781-08 October Caddis, Chew Toy 08 3 for $5.85


October Caddis, Dry October Caddis, Dry
October Caddis is the big fall hatch. This pattern has a tightly stacked elk hair wing for maximum floatation and feelers for realism.
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5045-08 October Caddis, Dry 08 3 for $5.75


Tied Down Caddis, Orange Tied Down Caddis, Orange
Sometimes called the Full Back Caddis, it is effective for representing both large caddis and stone flies.
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5070-06 Tied Down Caddis, Orange 6 3 for $5.25

5070-08 Tied Down Caddis, Orange 8 3 for $5.25

5070-10 Tied Down Caddis, Orange 10 3 for $5.25


Improved Sofa Pillow Improved Sofa Pillow
This fly is generally use as a stone fly imitation, however it is also a very good October Caddis.
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6075-08 Improved Sofa Pillow 8 3 for $5.25


October Caddis Pupa October Caddis Pupa
Trout and steelhead will target October Caddis pupas. This is unweighted version can be fished subsurface dead drift or on the swing.
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9075-08 October Caddis Pupa 8 3 for $5.85


Bead Head October Caddis Pupa
This fly is tied with a heavy tungsten bead head so that it fishes very deep.
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18120 Bead Head October Caddis Pupa 6 3 for $5.85

18121 Bead Head October Caddis Pupa 8 3 for $5.85

18122 Bead Head October Caddis Pupa 10 3 for $5.85


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