By Chuck Stranahan
The Fly Fishing Journal 

Favorite flies for fall fishing


September 28, 2023

Chuck Stranahan

The Caddis Drifter looks like the real thing when wet, and trout eat it.

'I call the big orange fall caddis the iceberg hatch."

"Why is that?" my friend asked.

"Because ninety percent of the action is underwater. If you're fishing on top you miss most of it."

His face lit up in a knowing smile. I was talking with Gary LaFontaine, who probably knew more about caddisflies, the flies to imitate them, and when and how to fish them, than anybody. His landmark book, Caddisflies, was published in 1981 and remains a bestseller among flyfishing books. An original copy in decent shape will bring about $150 on eBay.

Gary was a good friend and our conversations kept coming...

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