07/24/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (Little Eastern BWOs)
2.    Little Sister Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
3.    Cream Cahills
4.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
5.    Little Green Stoneflies
6.    Slate Drakes
7. .  Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
8.    Inch Worms
9.    Grasshoppers
10.  Ants
11.  Beetles


Interesting Fly Fishing Funny Business
The fly fishing gear and tackle business has got to be one of the smallest niche type
businesses there is but it seems it has more than its fair share of problems. I just
typed a rather stupid statement and rather than correct it, never letting you know I
made the goofy error, i will leave it for any and everyone in the World who wants to
read it. I just said more than its
fair share of problems before I realized that the
problem I am going to mention are very fair, and even well deserved rather than not
fair.

Simms, a major fly fishing boot manufacturer, put out highly questionable data for the
purpose of showing how much felt soled boots contributed to the spread of didymo. I
didn't believe a word of anything they proclaimed. It appeared to be pure junk
speculation or certainly non-scientific data that was probably made up by a marketing
company rather than a credible research firm.

Apparently, since the sale of their rubber soled boots didn't go as well as they
expected,
Simms has recently announced they are coming out with a new line of felt
soled boots for 2012.

I have written at least a couple of articles questioning the validity of forcing the fly
fishing community to have to change their felt soled boots to non-felt soled boots. I
expressed my opinion that
I felt the lack of felt would have little to no affect on the
spread of exotic creatures such as didymo. My last article even went so far it directly
accused certain fly fishing boot manufacturers of trying to create a market for
something new under the pretence it was protecting our precious trout's habitat.

Without going into detail, I just couldn't understand why just changing the soles of fly
fishing boots from felt to something like rubber would eliminate the spread of dinymo
when many other things, including the boot laces, for example, could just as easily
spread it. You cannot prevent the spread of something by just reducing the possibility
that one part of one carrier (soles of fly fishing boots) won't spread it. That doesn't
keep the kids and grownups for that matter, playing in the water, tubing, canoing, etc,
from spreading it. Saying that one part of one item, the soles of fly fishing boots, is
going to help prevent the spread of didymo is ridiculous. A trout stream is either
infected with the exotic algae or it isn't. A woman is either pregnant or she's not
pregnant.

The felt boot ban, costing all fly fishing anglers that wade about a hundred bucks to
fish in some states, disregards the fact that animals and birds, boats and many other
things can spread the non-native algae. As you know, some states already have a
ban on felt soled boots in place. I think Vermont is one of them which ironically, is the
home state of Orvis.

The other well deserved problem I will mention tomorrow, has to do with the shortage
of fly tying feathers. Looks like it too is to a large extent, another industry created fly
fishing problem caused by the love of money.

PS: If Simms will come out with a non-guide line of boots, I'll buy them.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh