Tying the October X Caddis by Steve Yates
Hook: Daiichi 1180 size 10
Thread: Rusty Brown Uni 6/0
Trailing Shuck: Brown Polly Tron
Body: SLF Red Fox Squirrel Abdomen
Wing: Natural Yearling Elk
The arrival of the October Caddis is another one of those fall events that puts a smile on the faces of most fishermen. It is anticipated by some fishermen almost as much as the turning leaf colors and cooler air and water temperatures. The Great Brown Sedges or October Caddis belong the genus Pycnopsyche. Size wise they are the largest caddis that hatch in our waters that I know of. Their size and availability along with the lack of other insect hatches this time of year make them a favorite of trout. Trout this time of year are trying to eat everything they can before the onset of winter. Craig Matthews’ X Caddis is an easy to tie low riding pattern that is especially effective on clear, slow moving water where trout can become selective. It can be tied in a variety of colors to match many different types of caddis. Its low profile is perfect for the low water conditions of late summer and fall. The X Caddis represents a crippled caddis that has not successfully emerged from the pupal case. Since caddis normally emerge quickly and do not linger on the surface like mayflies the only adults that are readily available to trout are cripples that aren’t going anywhere, or spent adults during the egg laying process. The X Caddis does a good job of imitating both life stages.