Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Cream Cahills
2. Cinnamon Caddis
3. Slate Drakes
4. Little Green Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
5. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6. Inch Worms
Fly Fishing School - The Blind Leading The Blind
As much as I like to say when it comes to catching fish, nothing surprises me, in reality,
there's rarely a day that goes by that something doesn't surprise me.
I received an 800 line call yesterday from a guy about a large western tailwater who
wanted to know where he could launch his kayak to fish below the dam. I tried to tell him I
didn't think that would be a good idea and begin to try to explain why when he interrupted
me to say he had fished below Bulls Shoals Dam on the White River in Arkansas and
didn't have any problems.
I quickly saw I wasn't going to get anywhere with that and asked him what else I could help
him with. He said he wanted to know what fly he should us. He didn't ask what flies, mind
you. He asked what fly. I begin to try to go over the food that was most plentiful and
available in the tailwater at this time, and what flies I suggested he use to imitate it when I
got interrupted again. He informed that he didn't care about that. He said a guy in a fly
shop on the White River told him what fly to use there and he caught several trout.
I begin to try to tell him those were probably recently stocked rainbows that had been
eating fish pellets their entire life and that it didn't much matter what he used. I tried to
explain that there was a big difference in catching the wild trout where he was planning on
fishing. I was rudely interrupted the third time and informed that he would call another fly
shop and ask them what to use to catch the "stocked" trout. I tried to again tell him they
didn't stock trout in the tailwater he asked about when he hung the phone up.
Later in the day i was reading a fishing report to discover the shop owner listed four or five
generic trout flies and advised his followers that if the trout didn't hit those, they were not
bitting. I thought to myself, now we have the "Blind leading the Blind". I guess all
the trout will starve to death, but that didn't surprise me because it came from a guy that
never fishes the streams he writes about and in my opinion, is far more concerned with
helping anglers reach the front door of his shop than catching trout.
That was just examples from yesterday morning. I could go on and on but I will end
today's Fly Fishing School lesson by writing that I did learn one thing from Lefty Kreh -
there really is more BS in fly fishing than there is in a Kansas City feedlot.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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