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New Series On Fishing And Imitating Terrestrial Insects On
This is the first of a series of articles of articles about imitating and fishing
terrestrial insects (insects that live on land but occasionally get into the water)
on the streams inside, as well as those nearby Yellowstone National Park.
Imitations of terrestrials begin being effective just as soon as the real bugs get
large enough for the trout to eat. This is normally during the month of July but
most anglers get serious about fishing imitations of them around the first of
August. One big reason for this is the large number and prolific hatches of
aquatic insects that occur earlier in the season cease to take place when the
water begins to get warm. The trout start eating whatever is available and
become more opportunistic in their feeding behavior than selective to certain
hatching aquatic insects.
At that time, anglers begin to fish imitations of beetles, ants and grasshoppers.
Crickets, a form of a hopper, are also plentiful on most streams. Our suggestion
for which terrestrial insect to imitate is simply to select the one you think is most
plentiful on the stream you are fishing. I should say "section of the stream" you
are fishing because the type of water, and even more so, the type of land and
terrain surrounding the stream has a huge effect on which terrestrial insect is
most plentiful. In some cases it's the grasshopper and others it's the ant or
beetle. The best way to determine which one you should be imitating is to
examine the surrounding banks of the stream. Spending just a little time kicking
the grass and shaking the bushes along the stream will help you decide.
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