Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Orange Termite Patterns for Trout

Here in the Pacific Northwest, the arrival of a hatch of sputtering Orange termites seems to symbolize the end of summer, the kids returning to school. cooler temps and perhaps some better fishing to come. Every late summer, I seem to be fooled by the termites notable clumsy presence, as I mistaken them for the large and all-to-important subsequent October caddis hatches. However, taking a closer look, these misfits are nothing but orange/ brown colored seemingly ubiquitous ants with large wings! 


Orange Termite photo from Do - It - Yourself Pest Control Web site


Thinking back, I've always had good luck with an orange bodied elk hair caddis around this orange termite occurrence. Nevertheless, I was curious to find out if there were more specific patterns that worked equally or even better.  Surprisingly, I came across some interesting patterns tied by an Aussie, Warryn Germon that in my mind demanded some recognition. The following flies are Germon influenced with some attractive variants that may turn a trout or two. Regards D2

Lowland Termite Variant by Darren Dunbar



Lowland Termite Variant
Hook: Standard Dry Fly sizes (12-14)
Body: Orange Holographic Tinsel
Wing: 2 Grey Cock Feathers stripped on one side and in delta formation
Legs: Brown Cock Feather (3-4 turns)
Thorax / Head: UTC 70 Denier Fl. Orange

Bush Termite Variant by Darren Dunbar

Bush Termite Variant
Hook: Standard Dry Sizes (12-14)
Body: Rust colored Antron or Poly
Wing: Pheasant Tippet
Legs: Brown Cock Feather (3-4 turns)
Head: UTC 70 Denier Fl. Orange

Fluttering Termite Variant by Darren Dunbar


Fluttering Termite
Hook: Scud sizes (14-16)
Body: Burnt Orange Ultra Micro Chenille
Wing: Elk hair and Grey Cock Feather
Large Head: UTC 70 Denier Fl. Orange