11/02/09
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 7
Continued from yesterday

After our fifth DVD release of fly fishing programs (that Angie and I hosted), we
decided we would do some programs with titles that would appear to add a little fun
to fly fishing. We wondered if "Trout and Their Habitat", "Strategies That Catch
Trout" and "Fly Fishing Tailwater" were titles that seemed too technical for many
anglers, especially those that only fished a few times a year or those that were just
getting started. One thing I had noticed in our few years of fly fishing extensively on
most all of the nation's streams was that we both tended to prefer small streams. It
is a fact that big streams generally have big fish, but I have caught big fish all my
life. I had caught many fish measured in the hundreds of pounds, so size isn't the
important thing it was at one time in my life. There's just something that is especially
nice and enjoyable about fishing a small mountain trout stream.

One day the idea hit me that I needed to produce a series of small stream videos.
We had acquired plenty of video to do that. I knew that it wouldn't take long for me
to complete any field production needed. I knew that it would take some time for me
to write scripts for the programs. The biggest problem I could think of was the fact
that most of the video I had was on dry fly fishing. There was little nymph fishing
simply because we favored the dry fly. The more I though about it, the more I
realized that we were probably not very different from most other anglers in that
respect. Who wouldn't rather catch a trout on a dry fly. The only difference I could
think of that it would make, would be that I may not be able to cover the nymphing
subject very well. Also, especially in the case of brown trout, we hadn't caught a lot
of large trout in small streams on dry flies. Most browns are caught on streamers
and nymphs. In spite of the disadvantages I could think of, I decided to do the
series anyway. It turned out to be a very good decision.

Our next releases were four videos we called the "Small Stream Series". It included
"
Small Stream Rainbow Trout", "Small Stream Brown Trout", "Small Stream
Cutthroat Trout" and "Small Stream Brook Trout". In less than a year, each of the
programs outsold the others we had done up until that point with the exception of
the "Top 85 Tips on Fly Fishing For Trout".  It was quite clear that we were not the
only ones that enjoyed fishing small streams. What really fooled us was the Brook
Trout program. It has sold as many as any of them and more than Cutthroat Trout.
For some reason we didn't think brook trout would do that well. I guess we under
estimated the popularity of little fish and we also forgot that it's probably the only
video ever done on brook trout fishing.  One thing that makes it a good program is
the brook trout we caught in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Angie caught
one that was eleven and a quarter inches long. That's a  nice size brook trout for a
small stream. The only places they grow much larger are in the lakes of Maine and
Eastern Canada where they feed on smaller baitfish, or where they are stocked in
large rivers. None of those brook trout are Appalachian Brook Trout, which is a
different sub-species of char (brook trout) than the Northern Brook Trout.

One good thing about all four videos is the fact they were shot on several streams
throughout the nation, not just on one stream like most videos. All of the programs
include action segments from several different streams. The only one that doesn't
have scenes from coast to coast is the Cutthroat Trout program and that's because
there are very few Cutthroat Trout in the eastern part of the country. Anyway, we
are proud of our small stream series because it has been very successful. It is also
good to know that we are not the only ones who love to fish small streams.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh