Matching the Hatch to Catch More Fish

Last Updated: 9/25/20

When you go to different occasions you always try to match the theme of the occasion. From the attire, body language, etc. The same happens in fly fishing.

You should use tools that match the environment of the fish. This makes the fish think everything is normal, thus a step closer to a perfect catch. I always tell you that fly fishing requires more techniques than just casting. You need to learn the art of matching the Hatch. 

What Does “Matching the Hatch” Mean?

Matching the hatch is an artificial way to imitate the surroundings of fish, to lure (trick) it. This technique is derived from the fact that fish tend to adapt to the surroundings of their habitat. 

Therefore, when you imitate and implement such characteristics it becomes easier to get hold of it.

It is camouflaging to the environment so that the fish does not notice your presence. This entails mastering the way they behave and live for survival. 

You also need to study their behaviors at different times of the day, in different weather conditions, and in different seasons.

All these are done to get more fish and make more fun.

How Do You Match The Hatch?

You are probably starting to plan how you will learn Entomology and get some certifications to successfully match the hatch. Well, that shouldn’t be the case. 

All you need to do is learn a few techniques, be consistent, and practice more. For that, I will show you some simple steps you can use.

Conduct An Assessment Of The Stream

Get to know the topography of the stream. This prepares your mind for the task ahead. After that, you can now start looking at the type of insects found in the river and how they fish around them behave.  

Note that insects vary in the different parts of the river. Thus, when you find trout occupying a certain part of the river, then they prefer the insects there.

Collect Insect Samples

To get the insects, correct rocks in the stream and check for the crawling insects on them. To collect rocks and insects you can use the seining method. (This is the use of a net to trap the rocks). Sample insects out and note their sizes, color, and other important details. 

If possible you can take some images. This will be important when going to shop for the flies. When you have the image, store vendors will assist you better. Always work upstream to avoid distracting feeding fish. Remember we are currently not interested in them, we want to match the hatch first.

Use The Stomach Pumping Method

Another method is to obtain what it had fed on, by using the stomach pump. If you do it well it has zero harm to the fish. Do that and note the feeds if not fully digested you will have a hint on the color and type.

Purchase The Flies And Start The Work

Now visit a fishing store and get the relevant files. (Remember the color and size are vital). After understanding the food option, the task is now to present flies naturally. Do this for the several foods you have and see which works. Do the necessary modification from time to time.

At times the trout can eat almost anything they find. Try working during these times. All this is how you match the hatch to catch more fish.

5 Tips to Successfully Match the Hatch

1. Always Sample All Waters Before Fishing

When matching a hatch I advise you to always sample the waters. This is necessary, especially if you are new to the stream. Check all the parts of the stream without underestimating some parts. After this note the places where there is a lot of fish. Focus on that part and start collecting insects from there,

Remember our main goal is to catch more fish.

Therefore, there is no need in concentrating on parts with no fish. Moreover, after sampling ensure you acquire the right tools for the work.

2. Look Under Rocks

To get more insects, always check under the rocks on the surface. There are two reasons for these. Most insects use such places as their hiding place. Especially if they are the fish’s favorite delicacy. When you collect them you will get accurate information on the flies to use.

The second reason is that some insects are only found under the rocks. This is why at times the fish roams beneath the stream to consume them. It’s, therefore, necessary to make an effort to get them from the rocks.

3. Be Accurate In Collecting Insect Color & Size

Accuracy is key in ensuring you have the right color and sizes. When collecting the information do it carefully. Any slight mistake can affect the whole process. That is why to be more accurate it is recommended you take images.

If you find you are yielding low results. You need to reconsider how accurate you are. This will assure a perfect start to matching a hatch.

4. Monitor What The Fish Consumes

To yield better results you should monitor what the fish consumes more. Yes, some insects can be found in the stream but the fish might not be consuming them. Avoid using flies similar to such insects.

When you learn what they like most you are one step ahead.  All you will need is to use such flies. Our goal is to get results as soon as you get started.

5. Be As Natural As Possible

This is what I have been stressing about. That you should be as natural as possible. Fish are very sensitive to any small obstruction. Even your shadow can cause a lot of panics. You can identify river banks that offer a hidden surrounding, With this the fish will not sense any danger.

Besides, check the direction of the sun rays. To avoid casting your shadow on the water.

Types Of Flies For Trout That Match The Hatch

1.  Mayfly Dry Flies

A mayfly is a very useful hatch for casting on most rivers and streams. It is a susceptible hatch due to its slowness. That is why the trout finds it to be attractive to target. Hence, it is a recommended fly that can yield great results. The mayflies come in a variety of specifications. The most common one is the Blue wing olive.

2. Parachute Adams

Parachute Adams is a fly that is recommended by many anglers. It is an ideal dry fly that matches the hatch well. A gear fly when it comes to matching many insects. Its colorful feature makes it classic to cast with success. Moreover, the fly yields great results in both lakes and streams.

3. Woolly Bugger

The woolly bugger is one of the common artificial Fly. It’s used under the water source thus categorized as a wet fry. Many like it because it can be used for both salty and fleshy water bodies. It can also be used in rivers and small streams. It offers convenience if you want to catch more fish.

4. Elk Hair Caddis

It is a convenient dry fish which has been used for many years now. This makes it one of the pioneers in fly casting.

The fly is now for its usefulness in fishing not only trout fish but also other varieties. Another good thing about it is that you can also use it in casting sport.

5. Crayfish

Crayfish is another recommended fly. It imitates a variety of food that trout eat. Thus, it attracts many trout to hook and increase the chances to catch more fish.

I like it more because it comes in various sizes and colors. Giving me a chance to choose which suits me. Even in the rocky shore and banks, it works perfectly.

6. Pheasant Tail Nymph

This fly imitates a variety of nymphs. These copies a variety of insect levers in the waters. Many fish feed on these lavers including the trout.  This makes it a convenient option or matching the hatch.

7. Soft Hackle

These are flies tied up with wires or threads with a collar of fibred hackles. These hackles come from various birds like hen, goose, etc. 

These feathers are used because they easily move and mimic living things easily. They are easily mistaken for the nymphs flies though they are different.

Final Thoughts

Let me take you back to the first example I gave and in the same way attending an occasion in the right attire, with the right body language makes you happy. 

You will have the same feeling when you Match the Hatch and succeed to get more fish. To achieve this follow the above guidelines and you will be amazed.

Related Questions

How Do You Match A Hatch?

Matching the hatch is easy. All you need is to observe the insects in a river or a stream. Note their color and size, then get flies similar to them.

How Do I Know What Flies To Use?

You will know the fly to use by checking the kind of insects and food that the trout feeds on, in that part of the river/ stream. The fly that matches the feeds is the right one to use.

How Do You Tell What Trout Are Feeding On?

You use the seining method to get the insects and food that are found in the trout’s habitat. You can also pump the trout’s stomach to sample out food particles inside.

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