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Streamers or Wet Flies or Nymphs - Which would you choose?

In November, wet flies (151) got the most hits as reported by your census sheets. Streamers (101) were a close runner up while nymphs (101) also played strong.

But, take a look at the Monthly Fly Detail report. There were 25 different streamer patterns and 19 different nymphs, but ONLY 4 different wet fly patterns!

Read the fine print in the Detailed report. You might select an egg (147), a woolly bugger (45), or beetle (39)!

Know before you go! ... and keep reporting your hits!

What information is collected?

Fly data is collected from your census sheets. Each fly is uniquely identified but listed once even though it may have fooled several fish. Flies are identified by:

  • Fly Category (streamer, nymph, etc.) - What are the fish eating? Where are they feeding?
  • Name - The name of the fly. Some names are quite bizzare.
  • Color - light, dark, olive, green, black ... the list goes on and on.
  • Attributes - Beadhead, depth fished, size, parachute ... what ever the angler feels is unique or important.
  • Angler - Who held the rod that cast the line that had the leader that had the fly that the fish hit.
  • Date - The day the fly was hit
  • The same fly on different days is counted once for each day.
  • The same fly on the same day by different anglers is counted once for each angler.
  • The same fly hit multiple times by for the same angler on the same day is counted only once.

It sounds complicated but just list your flies on your Census Sheet and read the report. Remember, you don't have to land a fish for the fly to count! Hits and long distance releases as well as fish brought to net were fooled! We all want to know what works.

I hope you will find this report useful and that you will share your experience. The more information we have the better the report becomes … and we all benefit.

So, please fill in this data on your census sheet. As we go through the season, this report will be updated so be sure to check it out BEFORE you leave home!