As a fly fisher it is awesome that you can throw 60 to 70 feet of line (or more) effortlessly to just the right spot in front of a cruising trout, time after time. The reality is that more often than not, you may well find yourself doing just that "time after time" with not the slightest bit of interest from that large cruisin' trout, particularly if you really haven't dialed in to what is of particular interest or importance to that trout at that very moment.
As a beginner, this is likely the area where you will begin to think "this is just not going to happen"
The air may be full of giant "Traveling Sedges" a full meal deal to be sure, but the reality of that particular moment is that there may well be a "Chironomid" (midge) hatch occurring.... yup a size 20 (way too small) banded midge which for all we know is the equivalent of rare $1000/ounce Black Beluga Caviar as far as the trout are concerned (truth is we will never know the why of it) and for a period of time this hatch occurrence is all that is of interest to those cruising feeding trout.
The bottom line? Success as a fly fisher is generally the product of keen observation (less assumption) and a predisposition to stepping outside of the box in approach and process.
An early spring day 2009, sweet jumbo Caddis hatch with lots of cruising and rising bruiser Rainbows- no takers, close observation revealed a Red and Green bodied Chironomid (could just as easily have been a Damselfly emergence or any number of other possible hatches, other than the obvious) hatch. Willingness to change and a quick reduction in "Tippet" size to accommodate a size 20 midge pattern and instant success. The Rainbow in this image has that midge pattern in his mouth just visible at the front left corner.
I will make some assumptions in building the site, the first of which is that many who will glance at these pages are knowledgeable with respect to equipment, casting, fishing and of course aquatic invertebrates their habits, habitat, life cycle etc.
My second assumption is that likely many or most who will will read through these pages will be neophytes in search of as much help as they can find, if that describes you then I invite you to click on the word beginners (plural or singular) where ever you find it on the pages of this site, this is your gateway to our information for beginners. These pages will be continuously evolving as the amount of information to share is formidable and topics covered will be numerous. Our prime objective within will be to try and aid you as much as we can with basic information on various aspects of becoming a Flyfisher, such as equipment, flies and aquatic bugs (fishfood) identification and imitation.
Hatch charts are built from many years of observation and note taking. Given the nature of aquatic environments and the many factors that influence the life cycles of aquatic invertebrates, we share the following not as Dogma, nor with any guarantee that in any given year the forces of nature will render some, possibly most if not all of the information meaningless and inaccurate. Observation once at the water remains your best guide to what is occurring where you are at anytime.
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UPPER BOW RIVER HATCHES