Choosing the Right Fly

In order to understand why trout will take a particular fly at certain times and
places and not take it at other times and places, you first must understand the
basics of how the trout see a fly and what triggers the trout into taking the fly or
ignoring it. The same basic knowledge is necessary in order to understand why
generic, attractor and impressionistic imitations work at certain times and places
and don’t work at other times and places. The same is true of when, where and
why specific imitations are more productive than generic or attractor flies. You
cannot possibly understand it without knowing at least some of the basics of the
trout’s senses and behavior. Keep in mind that this is about specific imitations
(flies that imitate a specific insect at a specific stage of life) versus generic
imitations (attractor or impressionistic flies that imitate a variety of insects or
other trout food). It is not about one fly pattern versus another fly pattern.

Trout learn from birth to accept and reject various objects in the streams as
food. They never eat something they don’t take for food. Even though they have
very tiny brains and even by the stretch of one’s imagination are not smart, they
can still learn by experience. They do not depend on intelligence as much as
they rely on senses and instincts to eat.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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