Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:

1.     Blue-winged Olives
2.     Little Yellow Quills
3.     Great Autumn Brown Sedges
4.     Needle Stoneflies
5.     Midges

Most available - Other types of food:
6.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)

Getting Started - Does The Fly Really Matter?
Recently, someone ask in an email if using a specific imitation of something hatching,
or that is most plentiful and available in the form of a nymph or larva, is any better than
using a generic or popular fly such as a Parachute Adams or Hare's Ear Nymph. The
answer is, yes, it is always better to be fishing an imitation of something either
hatching or nymphs and larvae that are very available for the trout to eat than any
generic fly designed to match a little of everything. If conditions are good, you are
usually able to catch a few opportunistically feeding trout on the generic flies,
especially if you present the fly in fast moving water where the trout have little chance
to closely examine the fly. However, as a general rule, the trout will always accept a fly
imitating something in the water they are seeing at the time more often than they will
something they are not seeing.

The bottom line is,
if your satisfied being a mediocre angler at best, then use the
generic flies. Just make sure you remember all the generic excuses you will need to
learn to rely on when you fail to catch trout or the number of them you would like to

You may do well some days. You won't catch many, if any, in the pools or anywhere
the speed of the water isn't helping you out by giving the trout only a short glimpse of
the fly. As a general rule, you won't catch as many on those days anglers call tough
fishing days. On the tough fishing days, you won't do near as well as you would fishing
a good imitation of something that's very available for the trout to eat.

Remember this if nothing else. The "matching the hatch" phrase was great and helped
many anglers realize that they were relying on pure luck for catching fish; however,
"matching the hatch" is just a small part of the challenge. You should to be able to
match "what is about to hatch"; which almost always represents the bulk of the food
available for the trout to eat in the form of nymphs and larvae. The trout can see them
far better than the duns and adult flies drifting on the surface of the water during a
In other words, it is more important to closely match the nymphs than
insects floating on the surface

Yes, the particular fly you use can make a big difference.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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