Does The Fly Matter?

I forgot to post a picture of the Little Yellow Quill in yesterdays article. Here is an
image of the dun:

Notice the two tails and flat clinger nymph head. Someone ask in an email if
using an imitation of something hatching is any better than using any generic or
popular fly such as a Parachute Adams. Well, apparently they haven't read my
numerous articles before regarding that very subject The answer is, off course it
is better to be fishing an imitation of something hatching or very available to the
trout to eat than just a generic anything fly. Of course you may catch a few
opportunistically feeding trout on the generic fly, especially if you place the fly in
fast moving water where they haven't much of a chance to closely examine the
fly but as a general rule, the trout will always accept something they are
currently seeing over something they are not seeing at the time.
The bottom line is that
if you want to be a mediocre angler, then just use
generics and add excuses when you fail to catch trout or the number you would
like to catch. You will do well some days. You want catch many, if any, in the
pools or anywhere the speed of the water isn't helping you out. You want catch
as many as a general rule and on days when everyone calls fishing tough, you
want do near as well as you would fishing an imitation of something hatching or
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, it isn't that you just need to "match the hatch".
You need to be able
to match "what is about to hatch"; "what represents the bulk of the food
available for the trout in the form of nymphs and larvae"; and not just
"what is hatching".
For example, a mayfly spinner isn't hatching. It is dying. You need to be able to
match those too but as a matter of fact, many anglers who THINK they know how
to catch trout, don't even know what a spinner is.
Yes, the particular fly you use can make a big difference. If anyone tells you it
doesn't, then they are most likely just xxxxxxxxxxxbs, well you figure it out without
me having to use names I don't like to use.

Copyright 2008 James Marsh