New Fly Pattens (and a lot more) Coming Soon
Have you ever wondered why some aquatic insects have a commercially
available specific fly patterns for imitations of them and others don't? For
example, you can purchase an imitation of a blue-winged olive nymph but you
can't find one specifically for the Light Cahill nymph. That is probably only
because the common name blue-winged olive is a "catch all name" used for
about a third of all mayflies. You can find a blue dun in the local store but there
is not mayfly named a blue dun to my knowledge and if there is, I am sure it
means different mayflies to different anglers. You can purchase an imitation of a
blue quill dry fly (usually not in the right size 18, however) but I haven't noticed
any flies for sale for the blue quill spinner-or nymph-or emerger. I am certain
many of you would just say "use a rusty spinner" and for many mayfly species
that works quite well. It doesn't for the blue quill though.
When it comes to caddisflies it get much worse. That is because most anglers
and apparently, fly tyers, don't know one caddisfly from another. You can
purchase a fly specifically for the green rock worm larva but you will be lost
trying to find a specific imitation of the adult that comes from it. The closest you
are going to get would be a "green" caddisfly dry fly and that is not close at all
because the adult doesn't appear green at all. The industry describes
caddisflies as a brown one, a black one, etc. You can find imitations of a
caddisfly pupa but who knows what species or even which family of caddisflies it
was intended for. Have you ever compared the looks of a little black caddis pupa
to a Great Autumn Brown caddisfly pupa? Even if you know what a pupa is, the
answer is "probably not". If you discovered them on the stream and fished a
typical caddisfly pupa to imitate the Great Autumn Brown Caddisfly, you would
be using a fly that looked about as much like the real thing as it does a butterfly.
I could go on with numerous other examples.
My point is that although some flies are good imitations of some aquatic insects,
most aquatic insects don't have specific imitations. I guess that is why the
Parachute Adams is so popular. In fast moving water it works in many cases
without your having to try to determine what mayfly it is you are imitating.
Most trout flies have names the original fly tyer made up or named after
themselves. It is almost impossible for a new angler to try to determine what it is
that exist in nature on the streams that he or she is trying to imitate. Most of
them are told, especially in the Southeast, that it doesn't matter. The trout are
eating "purple rain quills" today. After all, you can just shut your eyes and pick
one from the big box store's Eastern Trout Fly Selection box. If it doesn't work,
pick another one and if that doesn't work, go back by the local fly shop and
report that fishing is "slow".
For the last eight years or so, I have been working on changing that. I have tried
to come up with fly designs that were better imitations of all the major sources of
food trout eat. When it comes to aquatic insects that includes all the insects
stages of life that trout eat. Even more importantly, I wanted anyone to be able
to identify the particular insect or other food that the fly was intended to imitate.
I declared with my over opportunistic attitude that I would never again look for an
imitation of a 'Flav" nymph (a Western Small Green Drake) without being able to
find one. If you have seen any of my 18 DVD on fly fishing for trout, you are
probably aware that what is about to happen would happen.
It is the dawning of a new era, I hope. I will soon be introducing to the
worldwide web over 400 new specific flies that can be purchased by anyone that
imitate just about every thing a trout (and most other species of fish commonly
taken on the fly) eat. I have more people than you have fingers on your hands
working day in and day out on that. Just as importantly, I am going to make sure
you want have any trouble identifying what the fly is intended to imitate.
I went much farther. I decided to sell all the fly gear necessary to present my
"Perfect Flies" along with anything else any fly angler needs. I want beat
around the bush. I will tell you what you should buy - Like Sears did when I
was a boy -Good, Better and Best. Any day now you have will have the
"Perfect Fly Store". I hope that you will flip through the catalog, read the huge
number of "how to" information pages and enjoy the store as much as I will enjoy
making it available to you.
Oh yes, I will be giving you the store's address very soon.
Copyright 2008 James Marsh