08/28/09

Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2.   Mahogany Duns
3.   Midges - hatching in isolated locations
4.   Little Yellow Stoneflies - hatching (Little Summer Stones)
5.   Slate Drakes - hatching
6.   Cream Cahills - hatching in Isolated locations
7.   Beetles
8.   Grasshoppers
9.   Ants
10. Inch Worms
11. Crane Flies
12. Helligramite
13. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish

Types of Trout and Trout Water

It has always been of interest to me as to the different ways anglers feel about
different kinds of trout in regards to their origin, size, species, etc. and as to the
different types of streams they live in. After writing the first sentence, I realize that
one problem with this subject is that it is complicated enough that I didn't really
describe what I'm really even trying to write about. I suppose I could get to the point
much easier if I gave some examples.

Some anglers are consumed with one main interest with their fishing. They want to
catch big trout. They are not all that concerned about where or how they go about
it, their main objective is to catch a big trout. They want the fish they catch to be as
large as, and in most cases larger than, what is a normal size. They want their
trophy to be bigger than their buddies best catch. The irony of it is the same guys
will be quick to tell you they don't want to see competition in trout fishing such as
you have with bass and redfish tournaments. At the same time, they are in effect
competing with everyone else in their own minds on every cast they make. They
want to catch a trout larger than anyone else has caught from the same stream, or
during the same trip or even during the year

Some anglers want to just get away from all the pressures of everyday common life.
They want peace and relaxation more than they want a big trout on the end of their
line. Others want constant action. They are only concerned about being able to
keep a trout on the end of their line every few minutes. They don't really care much
about where or how they go about accomplishing this, they just want action. Others
want only the big ones. They want to catch the largest trout every caught in the
stream they are fishing. Their sole objective is to hook and land a trophy. They
really don't care if it comes from a muddy ditch or the most beautiful trout stream in
the nation. They don't care if its a shopping center in the background or big horn
sheep on the side of a cliff.

When the typical angler first starts, they just want to be able to catch a trout. When
they become able to do that, their next step in the ladder is to catch a big trout.
After they see they are able to catch big trout, they want to catch trout larger than
everyone else is catching. After they have caught a lot of trout and plenty of large
trout, they begin to focus on what it is they are really accomplishing  

They start to realize there is a big difference in catching a trout that has been pellet
feed in a trophy trout farm, a big brood trout stocked from a state hatchery, a
holdover trout that has made it over a year in a marginal trout stream, a wild
stream-bred trout and a native trout.

They become keenly aware that catching a wild trout from the pocket waters of a
fast moving freestone stream is a completely different thing than catching one from
a crystal clear spring creek, or a smooth flowing tailwater. They begin to realize that
what they have accomplished up to that point wasn't really that much of an
accomplishment.

When anglers go through this entire process and get to that point, they start
competing with the trout, rather than their friends. They have progressed into
accepting the real challenges of fly fishing for trout.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh