Time: Friday 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Instructor: Peter Stitcher
Join Aquatic Biologist Peter Stitcher for the in-depth class that every fly fisher needs to attend: Entomology for the Fly Fisher and How to Match the Hatch in 2 Minutes. In this all-level class, the participant will learn how to sample the water and identify – at a glance – each of the major trout foods and the fly patterns that match them. Just as the trout follow and feed on aquatic insects throughout their life cycle, so the participant will learn not only identify the family of insect and life-cycles that are active and being targeted, but how to anticipate where that food and the trout will be heading next and be ready to greet them with the next hot pattern.
Topics covered in this class include:
- Understanding Why Trout Target Specific Foods & How to Exploit Those Preferences
- Invertebrate Identification on the Water & in the Fly Box
- Using Hatch Charts as a 4-Season Guide to the Water
- Understanding Water Temperature & How it Affects the Bite
- Interpreting Trout Feeding Behavior
- How to Sample the Trout Food & Choose the Best Flies on the Water
The cost of this 2 ½ hour class also includes the day’s entry to the Fly Fishing Show, 15 flies, and a packet of notes. After this class, the participant will be able to quickly sample and identify what the trout are eating on the water and match every hatch!
Ascent Fly Fishing: https://ascentflyfishing.com/
River Oracle Inc.: https://riveroracle.com/
“Peter Stitcher is an Aquatic Biologist and owner of Ascent Fly Fishing and River Oracle Inc. As a biologist, Peter works across the United States in the assessment, restoration, and management of trophy trout waters. Approaching the sport of fly fishing through the lens of a biologist, Peter strives to break down the sciences of entomology, fish feeding behavior, and fish habitat use into easily applied fishing tips and tactics for the fly fisher. Armed with an extensive invertebrate database and more than 400,000 flies Peter and his team at Ascent specialize in the creation of Biologist Crafted Fly Selections specific to the trout foods and their life-cycles when and where you fish. Peter also just released his first film titled Creating Order in Your Fly Box, and is a regular contributor to High Country Angler Magazine.”