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Ronan's report

Tuesday 25th January, 2011

When it comes to tying flies, buying flies, or using flies from a friends box (borrowed while his back was turned), do you need to know what insect they imitate?

I am in the camp that says, I want to know what the bugs are and I want to know their life history.
Do they freeswim or live in pools or in riffles?
Do they cling to rocks?
Do they hatch while floating or climb vegetation or boulders?
Do they drift in a pupal state?
And on, and on, etc

I want to know if a floating stonefly is worthwhile or if a mayfly is available for trout to take during a hatch (gray drakes climb up structures to hatch, making my swung imitations only good for the other dozen available mayflies...).


Are you the type of angler that only needs to know a few patterns that work and will roughly imitate any number of on-stream critters?
An adams for every mayfly... maybe squished a bit to look like a cripple.
A stimulator for all number of orangish yellow stoneflies; and
A hare's ear or pheasant tail for any type of nymph.

Eitherway, detailed or not, check out the Sexyloops Flyshed for all your tying needs.

Well, a chinook is here, and I have to figure out what fly to tie to match the sub-species of midge that might hatch during a cloudy 5 degree afternoon in 50 kilometre hour winds in a tailout of a 1.5 metre deep pool... I'm guessing it looks like a hare's ear.

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