08/27/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (Little Eastern BWOs)
2.    Mahogany Duns
3.    Little Yellow Quills (
Heptagenia Group)
4.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
5.    Needle Stoneflies
6.    Slate Drakes
7.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
8.    Grasshoppers
9.    Ants (includes Flying Ants)
10.  Beetles
11.  Craneflies


A Few Thoughts On Instructional Information About Fishing
I know many of you get tired of (or either stop) reading about things you already
know. If you do, just keep in mind there are plenty of anglers that don't know the
basics, much less specific tips for certain types of environmental conditions, water
levels, species of trout, etc. etc. This article came flashing through my mind this
morning, when I reviewed what I had written yesterday. It made me realize that there
were probably plenty of readers that just didn't comprehend what I intended for them
to get out of the article. The subject of Snells Circle and light really needed drawings,
animations, etc., to explain it well. I've thought about doing just that, but I do well just
to write something each day. There are days when I can't possible type what crosses
my mind and days when I can't think of anything important to write about.

I learned many years ago, in the mid 1980s, after I had produced my first few
instructional videos on saltwater fishing, you can't please everyone with an hour or
less of instructions, even if the subject is fairly narrow. There were very few
complaints over the years on any of my forty-six saltwater videos (which still sell well
this day in time) but when I did get one, it was always one of two opposite types of
complaints. One, the program
didn't teach enough basics, or two, the program
taught what the viewer already knew.

Of course, you can always do a basic, intermediate and an advanced version, but I
learned a few years later, doing that still got just as many complaints. It's simply
impossible to cover most fishing subjects in a short time regardless of how specific it
is. I think I have a pretty good idea about how that's done, at least from a video
standpoint. When it comes to saltwater fishing, more of my programs on the subject
have been sold than anyone else in the World.

I'm making it sound as if my distributor received lots of complaints on videos when
they actually received very, very few. A far as actual complaints, they probably
received only one out of every thousand videos sold, all of which they directed to me.
Most of the time, I had to dig this type of information out of a person who had viewed a
program. When I met someone who had viewed one of my programs, I always ask
them what they thought of it. I do the same thing with our fly fishing DVD and with the
benefit of  the World Wide Web, that isn't all that difficult this date in time.

The most frequent comment I receive was the video didn't cover enough basics. For
example, if it was an instructional offshore trolling video and I mentioned you needed
to use a Bimi-twist knot for such and such rig, the complaint was that I didn't show
them how to tie a Bimi-twist knot. That's a legitimate complaint. The problem is, it
takes about ten minutes to show and describe the details of tying that one knot and
even that varies from rig to rig.

If the title of the video is generic, such as "Trolling for Saltwater Fish", it would take
days of video (not hours) just to cover the basics. If it was species specific, such as
"Fishing for Red Snapper", that would involve at least a few hours to cover the basics.
It's the exact same scenario for trout. That's assuming someone put them on the fish.
If it required explaining how to locate the fish, and hold the boat over the fish, it
needed much more explanation and involved the use of Loran/later GPS and sonar
equipment. Either of those two items of electronics, could require a few hours of
instructions to cover the details of how to use them.

Just in case you either 1. Get bored with my articles that repeat what you already
know, or 2, you don't follow them due to the lack of explanation and information,
please be advised that after 30 years of teaching people to fish, i still haven't figured
out the solution to everyone's problem.

I certainly don't know how to do it the fast and easy way.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh