Fly Fishing Entomology for Southwest Idaho

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Our area offers the angler many challenging streams and rivers. Within these waters lives a diverse group of aquatic insects that our trout feed on. Learn what these insects are, their life cycles, the artificial flies that represent them and the strategies used by anglers to consistently catch trout. Fly fishing is the most cerebral form of fishing and understanding which flies to have in your fly box and which to use during an insect hatch is critical. This class takes an in-depth look at the water-breathing world and how trout interact in that environment. Fly Fishing Entomology for Southwest Idaho is a 2 session class.
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Session One: Aquatic Insect Entomology

Let’s face it flies are the final instrument that catches fish. To understand flies you must first understand some of the aquatic entomology that makes it all work. Aquatic insects are just that, insects that live only in the water breathing water world. 98% of what a trout eats is aquatic insects. All aquatic insects emerge or hatch into adult air breathing flies. Understanding this metamorphosis is the key to understanding what aquatic insects trout eat and why. During a hatch or emergence what fly you decide to use is most often made by what stage or what part of the insect’s life cycle trout are feeding on. In this class we will go in depth into this subject as well as actually quantify and identify what exactly are these aquatic insects trout are eating and what flies we use to imitate these aquatic insects.

Session Two: Flies and Fly Box Organization

After learning what exactly what aquatic insects are and how and why trout feed on them the next step is to understand what these flies are that fly anglers use to catch fish with. You can own the finest fly fishing gear made, be the finest fly caster around or be with the best fly fishing guide in America and that will mean nothing without the right fly. Session two is designed to give you a full understanding of what flies you need to have on hand to be successful fly fishing in the Northwest. You will be taught how we memorize them categorize them and store them. Using the Triangle Box System for Organization of Flies as the foundation in organizing and memorizing your flies is the first step. Next you will learn how to memorize these flies by the fly type and the stage of the emerging fly. Finally you will be shown what fly boxes work the best and a labeling system that helps you find and memorize the flies you need. Our area offers the angler many challenging streams and rivers. Within these waters lives a diverse group of aquatic insects that our trout feed on. Learn what these insects are, their life cycles, the artificial flies that represent them and the strategies used by anglers to consistently catch trout. Fly fishing is the most cerebral form of fishing and understanding which flies to have in your fly box and which to use during an insect hatch is critical. This class takes an in-depth look at the water-breathing world and how trout interact in that environment.