Matching the Hatch for Selective Trout
By: Cathy Beck
Fly selection is one of the most critical components in ensuring that you have a successful day fishing
We can spend a lot of money on a fine fly rod and reel, but in the end it’s the fly that catches the fish. Still, it’s amazing how little importance is sometimes given to fly selection or fly quality. Bottom line is that we cannot become good fly fishermen without a basic knowledge of flies.
Flies are not made by a machine – never were and probably never will be. They are tied by hand by a fly tier. Starting with a hook, the fly tier will use carefully selected natural or synthetic materials and thread, and with a few specialized tools will create a fly that looks like something a fish wants to eat.
Flies that imitate are tied to look like a minnow, a crustacean, a particular insect, or a stage of an insect’s life cycle that a fish might find appetizing. Flies that attract are tied to do just that, attract the fish. Through color, motion and size, these flies produce a response from the fish.
Don’t be intimidated when you look in someone’s fly boxes and see literally hundreds of flies. You can start with a small selection of fly patterns, have fun, and catch fish. But as you become more experienced, you’ll add a few flies here and there. Soon you too will have boxes full.
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