SOUTHERN TIER, NY-Like many outdoor pursuits,the sport of fly fishing becomes more intricate as experience is gained. Although all fishing requires a strong knowledge of the environment and it's cycles, fly fishing by it's very nature takes that knowledge to a more intimate level.
Especially this time of year, the quarry for many fishermen is trout on small streams. That means that the savvy angler needs to present a realistic bait, which is usually one of the many aquatic insects completing their life cycle and emerging as adults.
Rick Kustich is a seasoned fly fisherman,and has written several books on the subject." Basically what we're trying to target is, these insects live in the water, they mainly live on the bottom of theses streams, and at certain times of the year, certain species emerge to the surface , and that's when they're susceptible to trout. So understanding that emergence and when different insects emerge is the key."