10/29/09
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) - Part 3
Continued from yesterday

I noted yesterday that "Tailwaters" was the first DVD release Angie and I had but
what I meant was, first release with us hosting the program. We had already
produced and released "Catching The Grand Slam" and "Eastern Freestone
Streams-Successful Strategies", jointly with Charity and Ian Rutter. Soon after
"Tailwaters" we released "
Top 85 Tips on Fly Fishing for Trout".

The title was chosen due to the success I had with some similar titles of saltwater
fishing and boating videos I have done that are distributed by Bennett Marine
Video. My "Top 60 Tips on Saltwater Fishing" and "Top 60 Tips on Boating", done
in conjunction with Boating Magazine, have both been very successful. I also have a
"Top 60 Tips on Freshwater Fishing" with Bennett Marine. People just love top tips
on anything. There is just something about knowing you are seeing, reading or
hearing the "top" anything. Most every magazine has at one time or another,
included several articles on top tips or top something. That is why the title was
chosen. I do mention that the "Top 85 tips on fly-fishing for Trout" may sound quite
presumptuous because a list of good fly fishing tips is infinitesimal.

The only thing I could find similar on fly fishing was Lefty Kreh's book titled "101
Fly-Fishing Tips".  I read part of it but wanted far more useful information in my
video than the book included. The book includes tips such as "how to dry boots with
a hair dryer" and "how to clean your glasses".

"Top 85 Tips on Fly Fishing for Trout" is our top selling video but it has been on the
market for almost four years. We have some others that have done as well and
better in a equal given amount of time. We have sold just under 4000 copies
including both wholesale and retail sales. That isn't in the ball park with most of my
saltwater videos (conventional tackle fishing - not fly fishing) but fly fishing isn't near
as large of a sport as saltwater fishing. The good thing is that we are selling just as
many or more per month now as we have in the past.

Scenes are shown from over 40 Blue Ribbon trout streams across the nation. It
includes subjects that cover the complete fly fishing for trout spectrum. The only
bad comment we have ever received came from a buyer that purchased the DVD
from Amazon and complained to Amazon. He said the video didn't have as much
information for the beginner as some of his other videos. It was a little upsetting
because we have never advertised it as being for beginners or those that are just
starting out. I have had similar problems with other fishing videos for 25 years. If
you don't provide information for the beginner you get criticized by those just
starting out, and if you do, those that aren't beginners criticize the program for
including information anyone should know. I should point out that we have received
numerous compliments on the video during the past few years.

We mention in our ads that often it is the simple things that we know and have just
overlooked or otherwise failed to do, that makes the difference in success of failure.
I introduced the program on the Blackfoot River in Montana, home of the movie "A
River Runs Through It". In the program conclusion, I used the river as an example
of things that are often overlooked, meaning the
Blackfoot River itself. Before the
movie, the Blackfoot River was overlooked. Little was know about it and few anglers
fished the it. The river has received far more attention since the movie because it is
a very good trout stream.


Continued

Copyright 2009 James Marsh