Let’s Put the Fly in Fly Fishing

BY Ron Robinson, Education Chair

At our last general meeting there was a brief discussion on fly selection when fishing moving waters. I was asked if we might give a class on this subject. My response is, “Why spoil all your fun?”

If just having the “right fly” was the only thing needed to catch a lot of fish, our sport wouldn’t be much fun. There is more, much more, to fly fishing than fly selection. Remember, fish are much less expensive at your local grocery store, but the fun is missing.

If you really want to understand selection, fishing techniques, fly construction, etc., you need to spend some time reading and “doing”. To that end, I have listed a few books that will help you get started or improve your current knowledge base. There also are hundreds (thousands?) of good YouTube

presentations if reading isn’t your thing. The club also has several DVD’s that will help your quest. We will use our September fly tying classes to help with construction and understanding how flies fit into the fish diet. For now, here are three books that I highly recommend:

  •  Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods, by Dave Whitlock
  •  Handbook of Hatches: Introductory Guide to the Foods Trout Eat & the Most Effective Flies to Match Them, by Dave Hughes
  • Stillwater Presentation – A Fly Fisher’s Comprehensive Guide for Planning and Executing a Presentation System for Catching Stillwater Trout, by Denny Rickards

Just remember that there are a lot of “right flies” out there. The more you study our sport the more you will find.