Flyfishing Entomology


Re: Entomology Knowledge


From: Mike
Recieved: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 2:50 PM

Your article is great and your web site is even better.  Thank you for sharing it with us.
I did one year of University biology in addition to all the other courses. But I cannot remember all the taxonomy stuff, and do NOT carry a PDA/books or other device in my vest to help identify flys or nymphs at the stream side.  I can identify the basic flys and just try to match by color or size to what I have in my fly boxes.
My question is with your excellent knowledge do you catch more fish than your friends who are not as well educated as you in entomology.  Just look at an Adams fly.  With tan, olive, brown body and in different sizes this works and catches fish. I believe that no drag and excellent presentation of the fly are very very important factors to catch fish.
Often before a distant trip, I get hatch charts, but it is the basic caddis ie elk hair etc that seem to work.
What would be the handful of your more successful flies that you use in different geographic areas that you rely on catching fish?
Any comment please.



Thank you for the kind words.

As Iím sure you realize, the number (or size) of fish one has the opportunity to release is a function of oneís skill in the many facets of flyfishing.  Some of my friends have better overall flyfishing skills.  On the other hand, being able to share my interest in entomology with other flyfishers is extremely rewarding to me.

 A handful of patterns I find particularly effective are:

As you may deduce from the above list, I flyfish for trout and lean toward use of adult or emerger (rather than larval) imitations.  This is certainly not because dry fly fishing is more productive; itís just what I enjoy doing.


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