I love September – crisp mornings & the aspens flaring like yellow candles on the higher slopes. For those of us afflicted with melancholus habitus, September is the most exquisitely melancholic month of the year. Life has emerged from summer’s oven & cooled to a glorious apple cake that will, all too soon, become a memory in winter.
For trouters, the emergence of giant, pumpkin orange Dicosmoecus (fall sedge, fall caddis, October caddis) are right up there with the best of reasons for loving September, in my neighborhood & to my mind. This is my favorite insect. With a five eighths to three quarter inch body & the wing around an inch to one & a quarter inch long, it is a large, handsome bug, lending itself to a number of imitative possibilities. I play with these through the season. Wet versions work well as swung flies &, for me, these most often out-fish dry versions of October caddis. The one featured here has been working well on the swing.
Hook: #6 TMC 200R
Thread: rust brown UNI 8/0
October caddis blend dubbed on a loop of the tying thread – & a bit of
squirrel dubbed over the thorax area
Wing (optional): turkey tail
Hackle: gadwall/orange dyed guinea hen/brahma hen ~ & finish.