Insect Information (Entomology) for Fly Fishing from The Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, CO

If you’re just getting into fly fishing, figuring out which fly or bug to use can be a little intimidating at first, but don’t worry. Getting started is easier than you may think. What is entomology regarding fly fishing? At its most basic level, fly fishing entomology is an understanding of the aquatic insects that offer a meal for the fish. As you may imagine, the insects that the fish are going after change throughout the year, and can even differ depending on the time of day or type of water you’re fishing. Instead of being concerned with identifying every bug on the water, the key to fly fishing entomology is being able to identify the family of bug and what stage it’s in. With this basic knowledge, you can then look to see what’s on the menu for the fish at your location.

Entomology Articles

Selecting the Proper Fly Pattern

Grannom – Cased Caddis

Baetis – Blue Wing Olives

Craneflies

Yellow Sallies

Scuds

Hydropsyche Caddis

Understanding Midges

It can be Easy to Start Fly Fishing

Types of flies are broken down into categories which makes things much easier when you’re starting out. In fact, a basic understanding of just seven or eight fly patterns is a great start to a successful fly fishing trip. Remember, it’s not necessary to hold a degree in Entomology after years of studying insects since fly fishing patterns are typically designed to mimic a family of insects. For instance, one of the most popular flies for catching trout is the Parachute Adams which is a dry fly that mimics a wide variety of mayflies. There’s no real insect called an Adams, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a knowledgeable fly fishing angler without a handful of Parachute Adams flies on hand. Browse through the following articles on fly fishing entomology to find out more, and consider taking one or more of our fly fishing classes if you’re here in Colorado. If not, we have an extensive offering of online fly fishing resources to help you learn more about the wonderful sport of fly fishing. When you feel like you’re ready to hit the water, we’d love to take you on one of our renowned guided fishing trips, and we even offer destination trips all over the world from The Blue Quill Angler.