October Caddis (Giant Orange Sedge) - Pupa & Larva
The October Caddis is also called the Giant Orange Sedge. The adult is a large orange
colored fly that is easy to see even in low light. The October caddis is a species of the
Dicasmoecus genus. There are three main species of them - the jucundus, gilvipes and
the atripes. All of them look very similar. They are members of the Northern Case Makers.
The cases these larvae build are huge, and made of tiny pebbles and rocks. There have
been several fly patterns developed for them over the years, but we (Perfect Fly) have
not yet done that. We are still experimenting with test which so far, haven't turned out all
that good. We question just how many are eaten by trout - case and all.
We suggest you fish the shallow water around the edges of the fast water areas of the
stream. The pupae migrate to the shallows a week or two before emerging into adults.
They emerge in the late afternoons and early evenings.
Cast the "Perfect Fly" Pupa without any weight added into the shallow water in pockets
and other shallow areas around the runs and riffles where they normally reside. Allow it to
swing around in the slow to moderate current. At the end of the drift, stop the rod tip and
allow the fly to surface. The trout often take it at that point.
If you can do so without hanging up or getting caught in the trees, continue to fish the fly
on into the early evening. The trout will begin to search the edges of the stream when it
gets near dark and will usually still take the pupa over the adult.
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