10/26/09
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives
2.   Great Brown Autumn Sedge
3.   Slate Drakes
4.   Little Yellow Quills
5.   Needle Stoneflies
6.   Crane Flies
7.   Helligramite
8.   Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish
9.   Midges

Fly Fishing for Trout - Instructional Videos (DVD)
Note: We goofed yesterday. We only linked part of the link on the front page to this. You saw
this yesterday only if you clicked on the right part on the link, so we will rerun it for today.
When we first started fly fishing for trout, we purchased every video we could find
on the subject, along with more books than are in the Library of Congress - well,
maybe not that many, but a lot of them. Our reason at first was to learn how to fly
fish. As mentioned in previous articles, I had caught plenty of fish on a fly rod from
the time I was a kid fishing for bass and bream. I had even done a few TV shows on
fly fishing for bass and bream. I had caught trout from stocked ponds on the fly;
sailfish, dolphin, barracuda, jacks, ladyfish, mackerel, bonita and a few other
saltwater fish on the fly rod; and I had even caught huge size rainbow trout, salmon
and grayling on the fly rod in Alaska. I have heard many anglers say their dream
was to catch a sailfish on a fly because they considered that the ultimate fly fishing
feat. If that was true (and it isn't), then I was already a great fly fisherman because I
had caught three in one day on the fly. What I had never done at the time, was I
had never fished a small mountain stream for trout.

The only video I had ever watched on fly fishing was one shot on film featuring Ted
Williams, the baseball player, tarpon fishing (which was great) and one produced by
my friend, Glen Lau on film featuring Dave Whitlock, which was great. It still is the
best ever done on panfish. Glenn produced the famous underwater documentary
film "Bigmouth" and a few other videos that were later sold to 3M. You have
probably seen his work on Flip Pallot's "Walkers Cay Chronicles", an excellent TV
series. Glen and I worked together producing my first program for "Bass Video
Magazine" in the early 1980s. I produced the video and featured Glenn and the
huge largemouth bass he was genetically breeding in Ocala, Florida. All the other
videos I purchased on fly fishing, which again was all I could find listed for sale,
lacked big time in both content and production quality.  

The videos fell into three basic types. One type was the "watch us catch a fish"
video, consisting mostly of just that - anglers catching fish with little information on
how they did it and lots of information on just how great they were at doing it. The
second type consisted of videos that promoted fly fishing destinations with little or
no information on how to fish, just the stream and guides. The third type consisted
of videos obviously done to promote a product such as a fly line or a fly rod.

About a year or so after getting started, knowing what videos was available on the
market, I decided to produce my own series of instructional fly fishing videos on
trout fishing. I had produced saltwater fishing videos for several years. In fact, more
of my videos on saltwater fishing has been sold than any other saltwater fishing
videos in the world.

We first produced two fly fishing videos shot in Great Smoky Mountains National
Park  featuring Charity and Ian Rutter. They both guide and own
R&R Fly Fishing.
Ian has written several books on fly fishing. The first video "
Catching the Grand
Slam" features them catching brook, brown and rainbow trout, all in one day and all
just off highway #441 that crosses the park. The second video, "
Successful
Strategies" features Ian demonstrating how to fish nymphs and streamers.

It took a few years to complete the first one featuring Angie and I. I'll get to that
tomorrow.





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