Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Slate Drakes
2. Little Yellow Stoneflies
3. Needle Stoneflies
4. Mahogany Duns
5. Little Yellow Quills
6. Great Autumn Brown Sedges
7. Blue-winged Olives
Most available - Other types of food:
8. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Whatever Hits Me - "Goofy Telephone Calls"
The first thing that hit my mind this morning was a telephone call that I received
yesterday. To set the background, our Perfect Fly website has anywhere from two to
six pages of information on many different trout streams across the country. We get a
lot of calls from anglers planning on fishing the streams. The callers usually ask us
for fly recommendations.
Yesterday, I received two different calls from guys requesting advice on fly selections
for the Cranberry River in West Virginia. A very nice gentleman from Ohio talked for a
few minutes and just ask me to put a selection of flies together for him that would be
in the neighborhood of a certain budget amount.
An hour or two later, another guy called but when I came to the phone, he asked,
"what are they bit'in on". I politely ask him which stream he was planning on
fishing. He replied, "the one on your website". I then explained we had a lot of
streams on our website. He sounded a little baffled and finally let me know he was
already fishing the Cranberry River.
I begin to tell him the flies I was recommending. The first one I mentioned was the
Blue-winged olive. He interrupted me and asked if it floated on the surface. I then
tried to explain that Blue-winged Olive was a common name for several small
mayflies and that we had imitations of each stage of the insects life, including
nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners. I quickly determined that he didn't know
anything about aquatic insects, so I took some time and tried to make it as simple as I
could. When I finished, he said, "I don't care if they are dry or not, they are all going
to get wet anyway, aren't they? I just want to know what they are bit'in on".
I explained by dry fly, I meant one that should be fished on the surface of the water,
and that nymphs were flies that were usually fished below the surface of the water,
etc. When I finished that, he again said that he wanted which ever one they were
I tried my best to do a better job of explaining the difference in flies from an even
more simple standpoint, but only to be interrupted again. He said, "I just want the
best one they are bit'in on". "How do I get to your store"?
I proceeded to explain that we don't have a store on the Cranberry River. I could tell
he was getting a little aggravated. He said, "well, my iPhone said your store was
on this river, so where can I buy what they are bit'in on"?
I then asked him where he was currently located. He replied, "I told you I'm fishing the
Cranberry River". I then told him not only did we not have a store there but no one
else did. To that he replied, I guess I'll just have to keep using my spinnerbait. I asked
him what he was fishing with and he said, "my Zebco spinner rod". It dawned on me
that he actually never said what fly are they bit'in on. He said what are they bit'in on. I
ended the conversation being as nice as I could.
Before I could hang the phone up, it rang again. It was a man who wanted to tell me I
had a mistake that was doing a "big injustice to fishermen". It was about a river on the
Great Lakes that has both rainbow and brown trout in the headwaters, and steelhead
and salmon in the lower end below a dam. He pointed out there wasn't any closed
season on steelhead or salmon on the river or its tributaries, but that my website said
the season was from April through October. I looked it up while he was talking to me
to discover it said the "trout" season followed the state's general season which ran
from April through October. When I mentioned that to him, he again informed me that
there wasn't a closed season on steelhead or salmon. He again said my website was
"misleading and deceptive".
I responded by saying, "well, steelhead and salmon are not under the general trout
season regulations." I continued by saying that I would add information on the
steelhead and salmon regulations and seasons. To that he replied, "steelhead are
trout". I said, "I know that Sir, and I will make the different seasons clear according to
the exact state regulations". I thanked him for calling..
He then said, "and as far as your fly suggestions go, there's only one fly that will work
for both the steelhead and the salmon and that's the Lawyer Fly". I then ask what a
Lawyer Fly was, explaining that one was new to me. He said it was a black Wooly
Bugger with a streak of Orange in it. I responded by saying, " the Lawyer Fly sounds
like it would be very "misleading and deceptive". He paused for a few seconds
and said, "no, I am a retired Lawyer, don't you get it". I replied, "yes, I get it - don't
you get it"?
Oh well, I never have claimed to be a good retail salesman. I'm sure he won't be
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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