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2. Match the hatch: With most fishing, this rule means to find out what the fish will strike and give it ti them. In fly fishing you sometimes have to be much more specific. The majority of a fish's life is spent eating. When they emerge from the egg, nature gives them an environment full of food and the tools to gather this food. In the case of salmon, they feed to reach the ocean where they fatten up for their spawning runs. Resident trout feed to survive so they can also spawn sometime in the future. Most lake locked trout will never have an opportunity to spawn so they just feed until they are either eaten by a larger predator or die of old age. Either way, the majority of their food is naturally found in the lakes and streams.
   Much of the time fish are not specific at what they will eat, so matching the hatch can be as simple as presenting something that looks like food. Many of the more successful flies do not resemble anything found in the water, they just have certain characteristics of something fish may eat. At times, especially when there is a particular hatch going on, fish will become very particular and you must match almost exactly what they are feeding on.
   This is when "match the hatch" becomes very important.
   Larger trout become that way by balancing their caloric intake with the amount of energy it took to gain the meal. When they take in more than they put out, they continue to grow. Keep that in mind when selecting your fly or lure. Even though salmon do not feed in the rivers, they will still take a well placed fly, either out of habit or due to some unknown genetic urge. Chinook salmon take large red or bright colored flies presented close to the bottom. Coho take "egg" patterns as well as bright flashy patterns, which seem to catch their eye. Pinks take anything pink and small, but will also take greens and other colors. Chums are known for their affinity to green patterns and especially seem to be attracted to chartreuse. steelhead appear to be attracted to reds and yellows with purple becoming more popular. Although some fly fishers claim success with dry flies, wet flies do much better for salmon.

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