Steelhead Caddis, a good late Summer pattern on the upper Rogue River

The Steelhead Caddis pattern is a good searching pattern during the lull of late summer on the Rogue River, Oregon. Originated by Bill McMillian about 1975 for steelhead, the pattern works equally well for cutthroat trout. I use it as a searching pattern for steelhead during that season when you know they need a big stimulus to bring that strike. I like to “riffle hitch” the leader behind the head of the fly. That way the fly slides along the surface of the water creating a “V”. Move that fly slow enough, just right, and you might trigger a big strike from a stale steelhead or a resident Rogue River fluvial cutthroat trout.


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