January 30, 2014 admin

Go fish…

by Lance Egan

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To the un-initiated, fly fishing is often viewed as a mystical or magical “art” with complex tackle, rigging and hatch matching.  While fly fishing can be a bit tricky while sorting through the terms, techniques and places to wet a line, it often boils down to simply making whatever you place on the end of your line act like food.  Delving into this topic could result in a lengthy chapter in a book, but for this blog post I think it’s best left short.

Speaking specifically about Trout fishing, we are often given the same formula with promised success.  Books, magazines, DVD’s, internet articles or blog posts such as this often profess to “match the hatch” to ensure you catch as many fish as possible.  While “matching the hatch” has its place, too often it isn’t the best option to ensure you maximize your catch.

The next time you find yourself on a river with few hatching insects (or try this during a dense hatch, it may surprise you), think attraction rather than imitation.  I realize this goes against the grain of typical fly fishing advice, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found large numbers of Trout eager to take flies which look nothing like the natural insects making a home on the stream bottom.  Standard flies which fit into this “attractor” category include the Royal Wulff, Chernobyl Ant, Prince Nymph, Copper John, and Rainbow Warrior.  While each of these patterns share parts similar to things found in nature, none are exact replicas, most have strange, bright, contrasting colors and/or outlandish silhouettes, which more often than not draw the attention of the fish.

Put these or your confidence attractor patterns to use on your favorite piece of water.  Don’t overthink the fishing process.  Remember, Trout have a brain the size of your thumbnail.  Present your offering well and let the fish do the rest of the work.



Brown Trout caught on one of the author’s favorite attractor patterns, the Red Dart

Go fish…


Comments (3)

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    Jimmie Roop

    Fly fishing is often made a lot more complicated than it has to be! I started fly fishing when i was 11 years old, I am now 44 years old, and had no one to teach me anything. I had a $20.00 fly rod and knew nothing of knots, casting or what flies to use. I read a few articles in Field & Stream,and taught myself how to cast(boy was that fun) and it took me a year before i caught my first fish, but that has led to a life time of enjoyment. I started fly tying about a 15 years ago and i hand tie my own leaders and plan to start building fly rods soon. Now I said all of that to say this, my love of fly fishing is as strong today as it was back then, in the 1970’s. You can spend a lot more money and make fly fishing a lot more involved if you want to, but the satisfaction that comes from being on the river and casting a fly and catching a fish is a simple, pure human emotion and makes life worth living. Simple is the best way to truly embrace the essence that is fly fishing. Thanks for a great article and reminding us about what really makes it all worth while.

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    The nymph in the mouth of your landed trout seems to testify to the truth of your article. What is the name of that very “attractive” fly? Looks like a new pattern.

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    Wes Johnson

    I always thought a Prince Nymph was the nymphal stage of a Royal Wulff. Maybe it is the Red Tag.

    Great article Lance. Thanks for coming to our TU chapter meeting.

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