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Member Since 02 Apr 2013
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In Topic: triggers, or match the hatch?

Yesterday, 06:06 PM

No where near a match to the hatch for my superior brain, in comparison to a fish brain of course. If this is a match to a fish brain then match the hatch matters far less to fish then angler.

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In Topic: triggers, or match the hatch?

20 February 2019 - 08:34 PM

My opinion is steeped in the fact that I am not a fly fishing only angler. It's based on many decades of enjoying all types of fishing and fishing for a great many species on a seasonal basis as I do all my fishing. I fish freshwater, saltwater, big water, little water and hard water. Cold water = walleye, really cold water = ice fishing, spring is a mix between stripers, shad and trout with a spattering of salt water stripers and drum. Warmer weather is flounder, catfish and pannies. Summer is bass, fall is bass and walleye and hitting the salt for stripers. It's a wonderful world. With that said, I view the whole match the hatch as a style or mindset of trout only fly fishing aficionados.

First, I believe even the best of tied fly in no way resembles what it's suppose to. Not even close so right off the bat the hatch is not being matched by any standard in nature.

Second, my trout fishing success is based largely on generic patterns like a hares ear (the fly I use the most), PT Nymphs and Adams in various colors that are made to look like many possible things. So this isn't matching the hatch to any true standard either.

Third, I find I catch more fish, like all fish, when I get the right presentation with a generic pattern then I do when I don't get the right presentation. Let's face it, there are places on moving water where you may only get a few feet of perfect presentation regardless of what you do.

And finally, when there is a prolific hatch going on and the fish are looking up, they wont turn down a perfectly presented large streamer or a big fat juicy night crawler over a size 20 real bug.

I think matching the hatch as more of a style of fishing not a must do. In other words, some guys love sitting on the bank just waiting for the dusk hatch to cast a similar looking thing to see if they can fool a trout on a fly amongst all the real things. This is great, this is how some enjoy fishing and how they challenge themselves while fishing it's just not the only way to catch fish.

So are one mans opinions. Yours may vary

In Topic: New to fly tying in Pa

20 February 2019 - 06:55 AM

Welcome. If you live near Hatboro there is a group of men and women fly tiers of all skill levels who meet monthly at a craft brewery. No memberships no nothing just show up tie, learn or help others.

In Topic: Noisy wading

19 February 2019 - 07:15 PM

I worry about the noise of me slipping, screaming, falling, and slapping around in the water more than the noise my waders are making.

In Topic: Fly tying pioneers

19 February 2019 - 07:11 PM

there's only one, my father. Everybody else is a piker.