04/19/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little BWOs)
2.    Little Brown Stoneflies
3.    Blue Quills
4.    Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams)
5.    Hendricksons/Red Quills
6.    Little Short-horned Sedges
7.    American March Browns

Most available - Other types of food:
8.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)






Getting Started - Learn to Fish the Fast and Easy Way
I want to write about something that I can't possible cover as well as it should be covered, but I think I might
at least be able get the point I want to get across using this approach. As I have mentioned many times
before, I've been able to make my living from fishing and fishing related activities since 1980. That's doesn't
include fishing the National B.A.S.S. tournament circuit from 1876 to 1980. I didn't earn my living from the
tournaments although I fished the circuit on a full time basis during those years. Commercial building
construction was still my major source of income up until 1980 when I started the first ever syndicated TV
series on saltwater fishing.
Since that time, I have noticed one thing about the way guys approach
getting started fishing that hasn't changed at all
. They all want to shortcut the learning process and get
right down to catching fish.

The exact way they go about it varies depending on the type of person, the amount of time and money they
have, and the particular type of fishing they set out to do. Irrespective, most all of them want to eliminate or
at least greatly shortcut the learning curve. They all want to skip learning the things that are necessary in
order to be consistently successful and as a result, most all of them end up relying mostly on luck.

Years ago, there was little information available about fishing techniques and methods, and about the fish
and the food they relied on to survive. In those day, most guys learned what they know from experience and
that was all learned from trial and error. Today, there's an almost unlimited amount of information about any
type of fishing as well as the fish themselves. That part has changed drastically over the past fifty years or
so. The problem is, the information has done little to change the approach most guys use when getting
started.

To be quite frank, the more time and money a guy has, the more they attempt to shortcut the learning curve.
They hire guides (many of which are about as worthless as tits on a boar hog for learning anything) buy new
boats and an unlimited amount of equipment.
They hit the water wanting to catch fish right then and
there.

A little fishing success is great getting anglers hooked on fishing, but it is detrimental for anglers that want to
get past having to rely on luck and being able to consistently catch fish as a result of their skills and
knowledge. After a few trips, many move beyond the beginners level and because they catch a few dumb
fish here and there, actually begin to think they know something about it. After a year or two of making a few
trips here and there and catching a few more  fish, some end up becoming "legends in their own mind".

I guess I will just end this by writing that I hope those of you just getting started fly fishing for trout reading
this this, well, .......aren't that stupid.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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