Fly Tying Tuesday: October Caddis Nymph

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By Spencer Durrant | TMTB Managing Editor
September 26, 2017

Fall is finally here.

As any trout bum knows, with fall’s arrival comes fly tying season. During the peak months of angling I often tie just to replace what I’ve lost over the course of a week’s fishing.

This fly tying tutorial, from Tim Flagler at Tight Line Videos, is a great way to kick off both the fall fly tying and fishing season. These European-style nymphs work miracles when fished on a Euro rig, and are nearly as effective with the traditional bobber-and-fly setup.

Tie a few of these up, head out to your local bit of water, and see what kind of trout you can scare up with this fly. If you want to give European nymphing a try, then I suggest starting with this film from Lance Egan, Devin Olsen, and Gilbert Rowley. The film is an in-depth look at the techniques Lance and Devin use while competing for Team USA Fly Fishing. This fishing style is effective enough to have helped Lance earn a silver medal a couple of years ago at the International Fly Fishing Championships.

If you’re looking for good deals on fly tying materials, check out the selection of feathers, fur, and assorted accoutrements available at Fly Fish Food. I spend a lot of time at the shop, looking at hackle and hooks. In fact, Fly Fish Food has one of the best selections of hackle I’ve ever seen.

Tight lines, and happy tying, everyone!


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Spencer Durrant is a fly fishing writer, outdoors columnist, sports writer, and novelist from Utah. He’s also the Managing Editor for The Modern Trout Bum. He contributes regularly to nationally-renowned fly fishing publications. Find him on Twitter/Instagram, @Spencer_Durrant.