Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little and baetis BWOs)
2. Little Yellow Quills
3. Needle Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of food:
5. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6. Craneflies (larvae)
Fly Fishing DVD - Part 13
Our seventh fly fishing DVD release was "Strategies That Catch Trout". The title is pretty well self explanatory
as to what the instructional program is about. It was easy to come up with a name for it but when I started
scripting the program, I couldn't come up with a very good introduction. Well, I guess I could have just
appeared on-camera and stated what the program was about, but the title already accomplished that. I
wanted to try to get a point across about strategies or actually, the lack thereof.
I knew many anglers headed to a streams just called or sent email to their fishing buddies and ask them what
the trout were, as they usually put it, "hitting". I knew many would go on the fly fishing forums and try to find
out what Joe Blow caught trout on at the same destination they wanted to fish. I also knew many just walked
into local fly shops and asked salesmen that had been stuck inside working for a month which flies the trout
were, as they put it, "eating". At best, the salesman would pass along second hand information from other
customers that dropped by to brag about their catches. I knew that ninety percent of the time, anglers went
about determining their strategies by attempting to copy what others had previous done, or what others
would them to do. I also knew this was a major reason most of them were not consistently
successful. I wanted a quick way to get that point across in the video.
One day Angie and I were headed to Guntersville, Alabama, to visit my mother via a shortcut through
Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Scotsboro, Alabama, that follows closely along the Tennessee River. The route
passes within five miles of Russell Cave National Monument. It is a neat place maintained by the National
Park Service that has an exceptionally large main entrance to a cave that was used as a shelter by
prehistoric Indians from the earliest known human settlement in the southeastern United States. There's a
small creek that flows from the entrance of the cave that looks like a trout stream. This is besides the point,
but it probably could support trout since the water flowing from the cave is cold. We had visited the cave
before and as I was passing the turn, it occurred to me that the prehistoric Indians probably caught fish out of
the little stream for food. Suddenly, a bell rang in my shallow mind. I slammed on the brakes, drove to the
cave, and shot some video of the stream and Indian statues inside the entrance. Angie wrote down my
thoughts as I drove away from Russell Cave and it resulted in the following script that was used for the
introduction of the video:.
How Fly Fishing Got Started: Most likely, many, many years ago, some curious human being, probably a
very hungry one, noticed a trout approach the surface of the water and gulp down a fly right out side the
door of the cave. Undoubtedly, the idea hit he or she to catch a fly (maybe a grasshopper} put it on the end
of something (maybe the end of a small vine attached to a stick), and then proceed to catch a trout. That
person did just that and to their amazement, it worked. This is how fly-fishing started; but that is only the
beginning of the story.
Upon returning to the cave with the trout, the person (cave man) no doubt was asked, “how did you catch
that ”. After being told it was caught on a fly he was finally asked the question that they thought would
uncover the secret to it all - “what fly did you use to catch it on”?
We know this is how fly-fishing got started because nothing about it has changed. Until this day, the first
question the “knowledgeable” fly fisher is asked by other anglers is still the same one, “what fly
did you use”?
In case your just getting started fly fishing for trout and you don't quite get the point, developing a strategy
using that approach is just about the worst possible way one could go about planning a successful strategy.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh