11/01/09
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 6
Continued from yesterday

Our fifth Fly Fishing DVD release was "Strategies That Catch Trout". After less than
what I expected from "Trout and Their Habitat" for a few months, I decided this title
needed releasing for several reasons. First of all, it was as important subject,
Probably as an important one as there is about trout fishing. The strategy you use
for fishing at any given time is going to determine your success or failure. If you
don't have one, it usually ends up being a failure.

It gets into how to go about "matching the hatch" but much more importantly, how to
go about "matching what is going to hatch", meaning the nymph or larva of the
insects that are going to hatch in the near future. Those are the insects that are
most exposed and available to the trout. I also included a segment on how to cover
the water in the best searching, or blind casting manner you can use for various
types of water for those anglers that insist on using attractor flies..

Angie and I had visited a National Monument that few people know about just prior
to the time I put the Strategies program together. It is the
Russell Cave National
Monument in North Alabama near the Tennessee state line. It is managed by the
National Park Service. The cave is huge when you first enter it. They have found
many artifacts buried there from prehistoric Indians dating back to 8000 years ago.
There's a small stream that flows from the cave. As we were entering it, I noticed
mayflies hatching just outside the opening. Although there aren't any trout in the
stream that still got my attention. I wondered if the Indians actually used them to
catch the warm water species that are in the little stream. We shot some video of
the cave and the models of the prehistoric men and women inside.

In the opening of the "Strategies That Catch Trout" DVD, I used a scenario of  
Indians fly fishing that stream as the first ever fly fishing that took place. On a limb
and vine, the Indian catches a trout on a live grasshopper but loses the hopper.
When returning to the cave to show the fish off, the other men ask "what did you
catch it on"? Until this day, that is the same question asked by anglers when
another angler catches a trout. It's kind of silly in a way, but I would bet anyone
(since it can't be proven) any amount of money that was the first stupid question
ever asked by another fly fisherman. Nothing has changed about that in 8000 years.

The Strategies DVD isn't our biggest seller by any means, but it beat the numbers
of "Trout and Their Habitat". I was still a little concerned about titles. Don't get me
wrong, both "Trout and Their Habitat" and "Strategies That Catch Trout" have sold
in the low thousands since its release.

Fly Fishing Popularity:
As best I can tell, there's only about 100,000 fly anglers, or at least no more than
that many that know much about it. It doesn't look like that is improving. In fact, it
may even be headed in the opposite direction. Things are changing fast. I was very
disappointed to hear that Jack Dennis of Jackson Hole is getting out of the retail fly
fishing business. He was quoted as saying it wasn't fun any more. I noticed last
year, when I attended the fly fishing dealer show in Denver, that the show was
headed downhill, and when I dig the truth out of anyone that attended this year, I
find it was even worse. It appears they are going to have to merge with another
outdoor show or stop having the event. That isn't mostly due to a decline in the
popularity of fly fishing. It is more to do with the economy and mostly to do with the
Internet.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh