Basic knowledge of insects living in the area where we are fishing is one of the main virtues of every fly angler. In spite of the fact that we mostly fish with a modest range of artificial flies which completely suffice to catch the fish, the knowledge will come in handy in difficult moments, when the fish are picky and we will not be able to do otherwise than to recognize what is in the water and near it.
For European conditions are among insects, important for fly fishing, the most common certain representatives of mayflies and caddis flies. At some rivers, we encounter plenty of stoneflies, and they are joined by a number of other Diptera insects. These include mosquitoes, flies and other small insects. It’s worth knowing them all because of fish like them very much. All their patterns are very successful.