Chris Daughters from the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog and owner of the Caddis Fly Shop is here to break down fishing the October Caddis in the fall with a focus on the big rivers of the Mid Willamette River.

We get the full story on fly fishing the short winged stonefly, caddis and many other great Willamette River fishy bugs.


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Oregon Fly Fishing Blog Show Notes with Chris Daughters

08:00 – Matt Stansbury was the co-founder of the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog.

11:00 – I noted Jay Nicholas who was on the podcast way back in episode 003 produces videos for the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog.  You can find Jay’s blog here.

Here is a youtube video of my 3rd ever podcast with Jay:


15:50 – The Short winged stonefly can be found in the Bug Water book by Arlen Thompson

18:00 – Outcast Ambush Raft


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23:20 – Western Hatches by Hafele and Hughes

28:50 – The Possom Bugger

46:10 – I noted the Jay Nicholas podcast and the videos that he has produced at the fly fishing blog.

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1:01:46 – Chris noted Ken Helfrich and the boats they use on the Middle Fork.

1:05:00 – The Stimulator by Randall Kaufman and tied by Charlie Craven.  Dave Hughes was also noted as a huge resource for western waters.

Charlie Craven was on the podcast in episode 125 here.


1:07:20 – Eleven Experience and our guest in this episode.  I talked about Eleven Experience with Brian O’Keefe on the Podcast here.

1:09:12 – chris santella 50 places before you die and his band


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Top Tips on Fishing the October Caddis

  1. Follow the water temperatures
  2. First week of October is start of season
  3. Top 2 Flies:  Morish foam October Caddis and Parachute Adams
  4. Subsurface:  Jigged Possy Bugger
  5. Look ahead all of the time and be looking downstream
  6. Reduce the fly line on the water when floating
  7. High Rod Tip


Resources Noted in the Show

Bug Water Book by Arlen Thomason 

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Western Hatches by Rick Hafele and Dave Hughes

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Videos Noted in the Show

Possum bugger Fly Tying Tutorial



Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 177 – History of the Drift Boat with Roger Fletcher (Drift Boat Series Ep. 2)

WFS 125 – Basic Fly Tying with Charlie Craven – Charlies Fly Box, Fly Tying Class, Tiny Flies, Brassie


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Fly Fishing Blog Conclusion with Chris Daughters

Chris Daughters from the Caddis Fly Shop shares how to choose the best fall fishery to target when covering the October caddis hatch.  Stick with dry fly fishing for the day when conditions are right.

What’s your favorite big Dry Fly hatch You are looking forward to fishing? 

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