11/09/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little and baetis BWOs)
2.    Little Yellow Quills
3.    Needle Stoneflies

Most available/ Other types of food:
4.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
5.    Craneflies

Fly Fishing Magazine Writers
I'm in a rush again today and will be very short on this subject, but while it's on my mind I'll tell you
what I think of an article I read in a fly fishing magazine last night. It was written by a fairly new
young writer I won't name. He is just one of many who follows the practice I am about to outline.
He's well qualified in the sense he has plenty of education - in school, that is. I think he has even
been on a few fly fishing trips. Of course, as you may well expect, the actual time he has really
spent fishing would probably be about a tenth of what he would like for you to think.

One subject category you can write articles about without actually having to go fishing is new fly
fishing product, or just product in general. It could be fly rods, reels, flies or anything to do with fly
fishing. Now, other than actually using product that one or more manufacturers sent to you, free of
charge of course, you would have to purchase a lot of equipment and use it over a long period of
time to actually have any real idea about what your writing about - wouldn't you think?. In reality,
that's about the best scenario you will find. Many times they will use only a very limited number, or
maybe even just one product. Well, I really mean at least use it in the back yard before they
provide an outright professional opinion on it in comparison to other similar product. In the case of
flies, they probably just look at them, if they go to that much trouble. I mean, after all, the
magazines pay them with a free ego trip plus a very small fee.

Some writers don't even go to that much trouble to give you a professional opinion on a product or
complete line of products, for that matter. They use a much easier way to get the information they
need for the article.
They just call the company that sells the product and ask them what
they think about it
and in effect, just change it to their own opinion. The one I read last night was
on flies. Apparently the author just called a couple of wholesale fly manufacturers that IMPORT
their flies from another country where they claim they own a huge factory and as best I can
determine, probably just wrote almost word for word what the company told them. So, instead of
learning anything about the flies sold in this country, you learn what the top sales companies in the
United States have to say about flies they import.
In fact, it's a hell of a lot worse than that.
You learn what those guys, who probably don't know one aquatic insect from another, have to say
about "everyone who sells flies". I mean, for example, if you called a car manufacturing company
and ask the head of their sales department who sells the best cars for the money, what do you
think your going to hear?

This guy gets downright pitiful with what he has to say in this particular article that in effect,
provides a completely false picture including some false information. He even went so far as to say
which countries have the best flies. Someone needs to tell the guy that countries don't tie flies.
People tie flies. By the way, he didn't name the United States.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh