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The Bug Book

A Fly Fisher's Guide to Trout Stream Insects

By Paul Weamer

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Format: Hardcover, 118 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 September 2016
Complete guide to aquatic entomology for fly fishers, covering all the important insects and their imitations for the entire United States. Hatch charts, fly pattern recommendations, and important fishing strategies from Paul Weamer. This is the ideal reference for those just starting out or for those that want to have a more comprehensive view of the important insects. Understanding aquatic insect hatches is like being able to cast an entire fly line. Do you need to cast that far to catch fish? Of course not. But will being able to cast a long distance inhibit your ability to catch fish? Never. Knowing where, and how, insects live and emerge gives anglers yet another piece of the puzzle. I've never heard a fly fisherman exclaim, I probably would have caught those rising fish if I just didn't know so much about trout stream insects." You still need to cast. You still need to present flies in such a manner that fish will accept them. But though no one has ever failed to catch a trout because they knew too much about aquatic insects, plenty of anglers have not caught as big a fish, or as many fish as they could have caught, because they failed to understand the importance of matching a hatch. This is particularly true when fishing for large, wild, selective troutthe ones we all really want to catch. In this book, I try to relieve some of the reticence about trout stream insects that makes many anglers feel inadequate and uneasy. Many excellent books provide very detailed information about specific hatches. But that's not this book's goal. This book is written for new anglers who want a basic understanding of aquatic insects or more seasoned fly fishers who want to take their skills to the next level; those who want to know not only if their flies will work but why they'll work as well. I remember when I was first learning to fly fish, and I read about complicated Latin names or confusing stages of aquatic insect development. I was lost. It was as if the whole fly fishing world was born knowing about these things, and I was left out. This book's aim is to provide basic aquatic insect knowledge that will not only help you to understand more about trout stream insects, but it will also help you catch more trout on your next fishing trip. It will help you to understand why you should tie one fly to your leader rather than another to imitate the hatches you encounter.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments X Introduction X 1 Aquatic Insect Habitats X 2 The Name Game: Latin vs. Common Names X 3 Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) X 4 Caddisflies (Trichoptera) X 5 Stoneflies (Plecoptera) X 6 Hatch Progression and Importance Charts and Phenology X Chart I: Eastern and Midwestern Hatch Progression and Importance by Stage X Chart II: Western Hatch Progression and Importance by Stage X Chart III: Important Mayfly Families a nd Genera in the East, Midwest, and West X 7 Selecting the Best Fly Patterns X 8 East/Midwest Five Star Hatches X 9 Western Five Star Hatches X 10 Other Important Trout Stream Foods X 11 Resources X

About the Author

Paul Weamer is a Fly Fisherman magazine contributing editor and the author or co-author of several fly fishing books. He is an accomplished photographer, specializing in aquatic insect macro photography, and has contributed photos to Fly Fisherman, The Catskill Regional Guide, and The Drake, as well as his own and several other writer's books. Paul is a former licensed guide, working the Upper Delaware and Beaverkill Rivers for trout and smallmouth bass, and Cattaraugus, Elk, and Walnut Creeks for steelhead. He has owned or managed three highly regarded fly shops in New York and Pennsylvania and has been a production tier for numerous guides and shops, including the legendary Dette fly shop in Roscoe, New York. Paul is a contract fly designer for the Montana Fly Company and the inventor of the Weamer's Truform, Comparachute, Alewife, Bucktail Body, and the Weamer Streamer series of flies. Paul is one of the founders of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR), and is a current member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He was the 2009 co-winner of FUDR's Upper Delaware One Bug" tournament and winner of the 2011 Upper Delaware Council's Recreation Award for his book about the river. Paul is a Simms Guide Ambassador and member of the product development staff for Simms and Orvis. He belongs to the pro-staffs of Regal Engineering and Daiichi hooks where he designed the Daiichi #1230, Weamer's Truform Mayfly Hook. Paul lives in Livingston, Montana.


The Bug BookThe Bug Book: A Fly Fisher's Guide toTrout Stream Insects by Paul Weamer.Headwater Books and MidCurrent,2015, 152 pages, $10 ebook. ASIN:B012PUKTVM.Hatches by Caucci and Nastasi, SelectiveTrout by Richards and Swisher,and Western Mayfly Hatches by Hafeleand Hughes are just a few of the greatbooks that have laid the foundationfor generations of hatch-matchers, butthey are all outdated due to taxonomicshifts, and changes to theenvironment and our rivers(some good, some bad).As a result, the fly-fishing world wasin need of a modern, comprehensiveaquatic food guide.Fly Fisherman contributing editorPaul Weamer answered the call withthis: the most up-to-date match-thehatchguide fly fishers have availabletoday and it's all digital in a full-color,transportable, convenient format thatcosts just $10. More important, Weamerbreaks down the barriers betweenamateur and entomologist in a conversationaltone, and explains when andwhy identifying insects can be bothfun and practical.This is no snobby upstream, dryfly-only" book about just aquaticinsects. Weamer starts with the limnologyof rivers and stillwaters, helpsyou understand the charactersof everything fromspring creeks and freestonerivers to reservoirsand ponds, and from there extrapolatesto how the food base thrives andsupports diverse trout populations.From scuds and sow bugs to aquaticworms and crane flies, you'll learnhow to identify what you're seeing onstream, and the best options for imitatingit. Weameras we know fromhis many years as a guide on the DelawareRiver, his eloquent essays in FlyFisherman (most recently A Century ofFishing the Hendrickson Hatch" in theJune-July issue), and his many previouspublications is one of the brightestminds in fly fishing todayand a passionatespokesman. Let's hope he's gotmore books like this in store.Ross Purnell -- Ross Purnell, Editor of Fly Fisherman magazine Fly Fisherman

EAN: 9781934753422
ISBN: 1934753424
Publisher: Headwater Books
Dimensions: 21.59 x 14.48 x 1.02 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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