Claire Corlett

Fish Food, Fish Tanks, and More

Fly Fishing Entomology for Beginners


(upbeat music) – [Narrator] During this lesson, we’re gonna go over the
basics of fly entomology. Most of the information
that you find on the subject is overly complicated and
almost impossible to follow because of the millions
of species of insects and their different life cycles on any given body of water. You know, this was one
of the main reasons I started Drifthook
Fly Fishing system. When I was first diving
into this subject myself, I was like, “There’s
gotta be an easier way.” So, what I’m gonna
teach you today is that easier way
that I’ve, kind of, broken down the system to. What we’re gonna learn
is the major orders of the insects
that trout feed on and why the Drifthook fly
boxes are set up for success. Smaller insects that
can become airborne go through four stages
in their life cycle. The nymph cycle, this is
when they first come out of their eggs and
they’re still growing. Typically, they’ll cling
to the bottom of a river until the current sweeps
them away from their home. Number two is the emerger. This is when they start
to come out of the water. They’re getting ready to fly and go off and do
their mating cycle. Number three is gonna be
your adult or dry fly. This is when they
reach adulthood and have the ability
to fly around searching for food and
an appropriate mate. Number four, a spinner. This is when they have
mated or passed on, and are floating in the water. Sometimes during
the emerger cycle, they don’t quite make
it out of their shell, making it to that next stage. These are also
known as spinners. So, just think of it as the
poor guy that didn’t make it, or the poor guy that did make it and had a really
good time doing it, either way. So, larger insects
such as stoneflies go through the same life cycle, but the patterns that
represent these cycles are typically limited
to only the nymph stage and the adult stage. The emerger stage of a stonefly
happens above the surface, where they let the sun air-dry off their wings before flying. Because they are born on land, terrestrials typically
make it to the water for the fish during
the adult stage. This is a quick guide of
how the major fly groups look during their life cycles. The patterns that you
have so wisely purchased will mimic these life cycles. The midge lifecycle, it consists of the midge nymph, the midge emerger,
the midge dry. The mayfly lifecycle consists of the mayfly
nymph, the mayfly emerger, the mayfly dry, and
the mayfly spinner. The caddis lifecycle consists of the caddis
nymph, the caddis emerger, and the caddis dry. The stonefly lifecycle. In our boxes we carry two, the stonefly nymph
and the stonefly dry. These graphs can be
found in the members download section of the
site if you wanna keep them on your phone for
easy reference. It’s a great way
of looking at bugs while you’re on the
water and saying, “Hey, what is this?
“Oh, okay, “it’s a caddis or it’s a nymph.”

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