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Summer Bugs ...

If you are fortunate to live where there's water cool enough to fish for trout you might be tying on an ant, hopper, cricket or beetle pattern. It's that time of the season. Terrestrial insect patterns were born here in Pennsylvania in the 1930's and 40's by the likes of Bob McCafferty and Vince Marinaro on our limestone streams, and many other Pennsylvania tyers have added to that legacy over the years since then. My own book "Matching Major Eastern Hatches" contains a chapter devoted to ant and flying ant patterns. I had the honor of contributing to this title with some photography and fly patterns that are part of Pennsylvania's terrestrial fly legacy. If you don't own a copy you may want to pick one up and tie up a few of the patterns from its pages. Till next time .


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