Video: Basic Insect Identification for Fly Fishers

Ben Sittig, a.k.a Huge Fly Fisherman, is back with another informative and humorous video seasoned with a few cranky opinions that are sure to ruffle some feathers. Sittig makes use of his Fisheries Biology degree to give a primer on the kinds of aquatic insects most important to anglers. But don’t worry: there are no Latin names or arcane discussions about subtle differences among specific species.

Instead, he focuses on the big picture, explaining how to tell a mayfly from a stonefly from a caddisfly. He’s not too keen on midges, but they get some air time, as well. One of the great things about this video is that it drives home an important truth: you don’t have to be an expert on aquatic entomology to catch trout. Sure, it might help, but don’t let your unfamiliarity with the minute details of taxonomy keep you from getting out on the water. The trout don’t care if you can tell the difference between Baetis tricaudatus and Baetis bicaudatus.

8 thoughts on “Video: Basic Insect Identification for Fly Fishers”

    1. Good stuff! Enjoyed humor and still can learn basics which in my opinion is probably all I need!
      Thank you keep up great work.

  1. just an observation….the river appears to run in opposite directions depending on the camera angle. i guess a HUGE fly fisherman can straddle the river.

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