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Fly Fishing DVD -
Strategies That Catch Trout
"Fly Fishing Strategies That Catch
Trout” covers the game plans that
anglers use to catch trout under the
varying conditions encountered on
different streams at various times of the
season. It explains how to go about
matching the hatch, fishing when there
is no hatch and the when specific or
impressionistic imitations works best
to your advantage. It reveals how, when
and where attractor flies are useful.
Learn how to determine whether trout
are feeding opportunistically or
selectively and how to handle either
with proficiency and confidence.  It
explains the timing and occurrence of
hatches and how to adjust and utilize
hatch chart information. Learn how to
read trout waters and locate trout
fishing banks, riffles, runs, pools, pocket
water, current eddies and seams and still

An Example of some of the subject
What Fly to Use:
Remember this one very important thing.
The main reason you need to know the
species of insects the trout are feeding
on and the stage of life they are in at the
time, is not so much to be able to match
the natural with a perfect imitation. It is
necessary in order that you know “how”
to fish.

Often, you can get by with a fly that just
gets close to matching the natural. No
always, but often. But you will never get
results fishing something the trout are not
eating at the time or in places where
there are not any feeding trout. About
the only thing that you can say positive
about a fish is that if there is not any
there, you not going to catch one. That is
a fact.

Should you be fishing a nymph or larvae
imitation instead of a dry fly? Should the
nymph or larvae be presented dead-drift
near the bottom to imitate naturals that
are drifting with the current or with
action? Are nymphs crawling along the
bottom to shore to hatch or are they
swimming? Should you be trying to
imitate nymphs or pupae that are
emerging?  Maybe you should be
imitating adults that have just emerged
and are departing the water seconds
later? Should you be imitating flies that
are laying eggs by touching the water in
flight? Are the flies you see diving to the
bottom to lay their eggs?  Would you be
better off imitating flies that have fallen
spent on the surface?

Are you fishing where insects are
emerging or laying eggs?  If there is no
action occurring where you are fishing, is
something going on somewhere else in
slower moving water, calm water; faster
water of the riffles, fast water in the runs,
or pocket water? Are the insects that are
hatching, or more importantly, about to
hatch, mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies or
should you be trying to match emerging
midges. If none of this activity is
happening, and that is often the case,
when will something happen? Would you
be wise to stay until dark or head for the
nearest bar and try again tomorrow?
If you do not know what the trout are
feeding on, or worse, know if they are
even feeding or not, you really just don’t
know what you are doing. Even if you
are aware that trout are feeding on a
certain type of insect but do not know
what stage of activity is occurring at the
time, you still may be relying on pure
luck. Fortunately for some of us, it is
sometimes “good luck” and we still
manage to catch a few without knowing
anything much other than the name of
the stream we are fishing.

How Fly-fishing Got Started:
Most likely, many, many years ago, some
curious human being, probably a very
hungry one, noticed a trout approach the
surface of the water and gulp down a fly.
Undoubtedly, the idea hit he or she, to
catch a fly (maybe a grasshopper} put it
on the end of something (who knows, the
end of a small vine attached to a stick),
and then catch a trout. That person did
just that and to their amazement, it  

This is how fly-fishing started; but that is
only the beginning of the story. Upon
returning to the cave with the trout, the
person, no doubt was asked, first “how
did you catch that ”, and after receiving
that bit of information, finally asked the
question that they thought would
uncover the secret to it all - “what fly did
you use to catch it on”? We know this is
how fly-fishing got started because
nothing about it has changed. Until this
day, the first question the  
“knowledgeable” fly fisher is asked by
other anglers is still the same one, “what
fly did you use”?

In this presentation, we are not going to
tell you “what fly to use”. What we are
going to tell you is how, when and where
to find trout and how to catch them on the
fly. By the time we are finished, we hope
that “you” will be able to either, figure out
“what fly to use”, or if not, at least, how to
fool the trout into thinking you have.
DVD Menu:
How Fly-fishing Got Started
Matching the Hatch
Choosing the Best Method
Using Attractor Flies
Choosing the Right Fly
Using Hatch Charts
Hatch Abundance
Finding Trout-Banks
Finding Trout-Riffles
Finding Trout-Pocket Water
Finding Trout-Pools
Fly Fishing Small Streams

Never forget that choosing the right fly is not the single most
important thing. You can catch trout in most any stream on any
one good nymph or any one good attractor dry fly, most of the
time. It must be said, however, that when a hatch is on, that
consist of insects that your nymph or dry fly does not’t imitate
very well, and you are not willing to try to match it, you may be
wise to move to another location.

Knowing how to match the hatch can be very beneficial and will
certainly increase your odds of success. Don’t forget, however,
that knowing what type of water to fish, exactly where to cast the
fly and how to present it effectively, among many other things
are equally, if not more, just as important.

When you examine the bottom of the stream in a riffle, you will
usually find a very diversified topography. Pockets, holes and
crevices of all types and sizes create current changes of various
speeds and directions. Not all of the water is moving swiftly in the
same direction it may appear to be doing. From an elevation
perspective, a certain spot may have faster moving currents at
and near the surface and slower moving currents near the
bottom. This provides an ideal place for a trout to rest,
expending little energy fighting strong currents, with a constant
supply of food passing a very short distance away in easy

Look for areas of the riffles that have the most bubbles, floating
leaves, debris, etc. Most likely, it also has the most food and
consequently, is a good spot to catch a surface feeding trout.
Each and every rock provides some type of current change, that
not only may provide an ideal place for a trout to rest, hide and
feed, it may also provide the perfect home for nymphs.
Stoneflies and caddisflies hatch in the riffles. Never overlook

The rough water characteristic of streams and rivers with a lot of
pocket water, usually allows you the opportunity to get closer to
trout than calm water. It is usually approached best in an
upstream direction. This allows you to make short cast of only
fifteen to twenty feet in most cases. Short cast not only give you
more control over your line and fly, it lets you quickly pick up and
cast again to a rising fish or good looking spot. In other words,
you can keep your fly in the prime locations and not waste time
in unproductive water. Also, you don’t waste a lot of time stripping
in line. The short cast permits you to cast again without making
false cast that can spook fish. Yet even another advantage is
that the short upstream cast prevents you from having to make
cast across the mixed currents of the rough water and reduces
the drag.
Length: 62 min. plus
promos 20 min. Total
of 1 hour, 02 min