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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Hello October! What color comes to your mind this month? For many of us, it’s orange. That’s true for trout, too!  As our larger streams finally cool off, resident trout appetites are restored and fish are on the hunt. 

One of their favorite fall snacks, often unknown to new anglers,  is the  October caddis.  



These big bugs hatch sparsely, but have trout looking for the high-calorie snacks all day long.  Make sure you stock some imitations in your fall fly box. Try a size 12 elk hair caddis with a rusty orange body, or a #12 orange stimulator with plenty of floatant on it.  It’s a great attractor,  and a very good, buoyant  indicator for your trailing # 14 Prince nymph or caddis pupa or larva.  Aim your casts at the bankside shade and shadows, where fish feel safe enough to rise during the day. Dead-drift the flies first,but if you have no takers from prime lies, twitch your bugs a few times on the last 2-3 drifts through them.

Fall’s chill has thankfully arrived, so grab your light fleece jacket and enjoy fly casting once again on bigger waters. Go soon, before month-ending leaf fall complicates your drifts. Toss some orange at ‘em and see what happens. Remember your net, too, as these big bugs can attract big fish!

Give Unicoi Outfitters a call (706-878-3083) if we can help you plan your fall trout hunting adventures. Good luck!

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