.............................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

New Fly Pattens (and a lot more)Coming Soon

Note: Today's article was suppose to about Pale Evening Dun spinners but we have
injected this into the schedule and will return to the Pale Evening Dun tomorrow.


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 "Flav" or Yellow Quill nymph, for example. 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 Flav dun but not the nymph or
emerger. I doubt you will find one for the Yellow Quill dun. I haven't noticed any flies for
sale for the Pale Evening Dun emerger, nymph or spinner. I am certain many of you
would just say "use a rusty spinner" for the spinner stage of both of these mayflies and
for many mayfly species that works quite well. It doesn't for the Pale Evening Dun or
Flav spinner 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 eve compared the looks of a Little Black
Caddis pupa to a October Caddis 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 October Caddis 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 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 Western Trout Fly
Selection box. If it doesn't work, pick another one and if that doesn't work, go back by
home 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