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River Oracle - Creating Order In Your Fly Box Video Review

by: Tom McInerney 11/25/2017
2/11/18 EDIT: On 1/24/18, Peter was featured on the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast. It was a good one and you can listen to it here:

Creating Order In Your Fly Box is a how-to video (~1.25 hrs) for you and your fly box. It was recently released and put together by aquatic biologist Peter Stitcher of Ascent Fly Fishing and River Oracle with Surface Film Productions. Peter is also the driving force behind the Fly Fishing Rendezvous, a Colorado-focused fly fishing show. He knows his stuff.

How they describe it:

“An in-depth look at what trout eat and the flies used to imitate them. In this step-by-step tutorial, Peter will walk you through the Hatch Organization Method, which will equip you to identify EVERY fly in your fly box according to the insects and life cycles they imitate, and repack them in a simple, intuitive way in order to quickly and easily match every hatch on the water.”

My take:

This video is great for folks new to the sport and figuring out what the hell is in their fly box, but also seems ideal for the angler who’s been fishing for a while and has accumulated a bunch of flies through the seasons and wants to do a better job than just sorting them out by size and color (which is what I’ve been doing).

I like the simplicity of the method and how Peter goes through step by step to identify the random flies you’ve picked up from shops along the way and repacking them. Each row (or set of rows) is devoted to a bug type (e.g. midge, mayfly, etc.) and generally goes in order, left to right, of their life stages.

It definitely focuses on trout and trout flies. He goes over streamers and “edible others” a bit, but this one isn’t really for organizing your carp, bass or pike flies (which I still need to do).

This video would be great with a couple of beers, a couple of hours and a couple of friends. My method was to watch it once while doing other stuff to get a feel for it, then I watched it again when I had some sit down time and my fly boxes in front of me. But this could definitely be done in one go because there were spots where they note to pause the video while they showed the types of flies being discussed and sorted. This made it a lot easier for those flies I wasn’t immediately sure about.

In short, I liked it. It's definitely worthwhile, my trout fly boxes work (and look) better, and there's a TON of good bug info.

And if you've had a chance to view it, let us know what you think below.

If this is something you’re interested in, either for yourself or as a gift or both, you can select it as a prize entry in this year’s Winter Giveaway or pick one up at the River Oracle website.

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