Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Black Winter Stoneflies
3. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish
What is truly new in the fly fishing industry?
You see this question asked every year on the web and in magazines after the fly
shows start. Are there really anything new in fly fishing gear, or only slight
modifications of what has been around for years being repackaged? The typical
answer is nothing is really new since breathable waders were introduced years ago.
I beg to disagree with that. I'm proud to say that we have about 150 flies (out of
approx. 250) that are specific imitations of aquatic insects that have not
existed on the fly market before and that we have introduced in the last year and 4
months. The other 100 or so flies out of the 250, are new imitations of aquatic
insects that have had imitations named after them in the past, such as a Quill
Gordon (dun) for example. In these hundred or so cases, we didn't just use the
name of the insect, we actually made the fly look and behave like the real insect
they are named after.
Instead of coming out with a new fly called "Marsh's purple people eater" or some
other stupid name for another stupid fly patterns, we choose to name and imitate
the real insects. Why hasn't this been done before? Answer: No one has figured out
how to do it and sell the fly at a competitive price. For example, a Little Yellow
Stonefly nymph (Yellow Sally) has been available in fly shops for years, but our
Little Yellow Stonefly nymph actually looks like the real little yellow stonefly nymphs
they imitate. Heck, we even got the color of them right. They are basically brown,
like the real LIttle Yellow Stonefly (Yellow Sally) nymphs, not yellow like the ones on
Our Perfect Flies are selling very well - well enough that we currently have about
80,000 of them in stock. Over 70% of the people buying them have reordered,
some several times. Those that haven't probably will the next time they need flies.
Our new "waterproof, see thru, two sided fly boxes haven't been around for years
either. They were not the first ones. Other models came out this year. Ours are just
the best ones. Our latches and sealing of the lids are superior to those of our
competition. And One More Thing...... We are confident enough about anything
we sell that we will refund anyone's money on anything they don't like. Knock on
Wood, but so far, we haven't had to refund a dime. www.perfectflystore.com
Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Mayflies - Part 16
Today's article deals with the emerging Blue Quill nymphs. These little mayflies
have a difficult time getting through the surface skim in many cases. They have a
high percentage of cripples, or emerging nymphs that never make it to the point
they can fly off the water. The colder the water, the more difficult it is for the Blue
Quills to hatch. We have observed them hatching when the water was only 47
degrees. That happens often when the water reaches a higher temperature and
then drops back down some with the passage of another cold front.
You can usually begin to catch trout feeding on Blue Quill emergers before you can
the much larger Quill Gordons. Many anglers believe that the trout will prefer the
Quill Gordons over the little Blue Quills. In reality, it is right the opposite of that. The
trout will feed on the emerging Blue Quills more than the emerging Quill Gordons.
This is especially true in the colder water, or the early part of the Quill Gordon
hatch which usually starts very near the same time as the Blue Quills. Emerging
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