Adventures in Angling
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Match The Hatch


Matching your flies to the insects that the fish are feeding on is a challenge for any angler.  Here are a few resources to make it easer to choose the right pattern at the right time.

Hatch Chart Cards

These North East regional waterproof 4"x7", two-sided pocketcards, are the perfect solution when you are on the river or lake and need to know what the fish are feeding on.  The two-sided card includes the insects (caddisflies, mayflies, stoneflies, and terrestrials such as grasshoppers, ants, midges and alderflies), the scientific name of the insect, hook size, month span of insect emergence and the respective fly pattern.  There are 9 different cards covering Quebec, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, eastern New York and western Massachusetts.

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Northern Maine - Quebec - New Brunswick 
Rangley Region & Androscoggin Valley, Maine 
Jackman - Moosehead - Baxter Park Region, Maine 
Downeast & Washington County, Maine 
Sebago, York & Oxford County, Maine 
Northern New Hampshire 
Southern New Hampshire - Northeast Massachusetts 
Northern Vermont - New York 
Southern Vermont - Western Massachusetts
Smelt Fly Patterns - Dressings, Tying, Fishing

Many different fish feed on smelt, so consequently they are very important to fly fishermen. And because they can be found in many waters around the world, everyone has a favorite smelt pattern! Never before has an entire book been dedicated to this species. The most productive flies and techniques are included with 16 color plates by Jim Schollmeyer of more than 200 flies.


Smelt Fly Patterns is all you need to fish these flies with great success!


64 pages, 8.5" x 11", Published 1996 by Frank Amato Publications, Inc.

Tandem Streamers

     The Essential Guide: Tying, Designing, Fishing, History

Streamers are incredibly effective on salmon and trout, but when trolling for these fish nothing beats a tandem streamer. A long-time Northeast favorite, the history of tandem - or double-hook - streamers is fascinating.   Don Wilson has written the first book on the subject, and it is extensive: dressing tandems; trolling techniques; important people in their development and use; and hundreds of streamer patterns. With hundreds of life size fly plates by Jim Schollmeyer, recipes and historical photos (only the very large flies have been reduced),  Tandem Streamers is as visually intriguing as it is informative.

If you like trolling for salmon and trout, you gotta try Tandem Streamers!



176 pages, 8.5" x 11", Published 2011 by Frank Amato Publications, Inc.

Wilson Fly Patterns

The Wilson family men have been fishing for decades and over the years have designed and fished with many of their own creations.  This limited edition book contains 32  recipes and glossy photographs of Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead flies, Nymph and Smelt Patterns, miscellaneous Streamer patterns including the Wilson Special, Wilson Jr. and the Don Wilson.

40 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", published 2005 by Fly Fishing University

Maine Aquatic Insects: Mayflies, Caddisflies and Stoneflies



Along with more than 500 separate species, there are an additional 200+ different fly patterns are presented to match the important hatches or insect species.  The appearance of the insect along with the habitat and distribution are noted. In many cases, more than one stage of the insect is imitated.


127 pages, 8.5 x 11.5, spiral bound, published by Adventures in Angling, 1997

Northeastern Fly Hatches. . . and their Imitations

The Northeast has a rich and extensive aquatic insect fauna.  From Pennsylvania and New York northward through New England and into the provinces of eastern Canada, most waters contain an abundance of stoneflies, mayflies and caddisflies, along with lesser-known groups.  These insects, particularly in their aquatic stages, provide a major food source for game fish species.  This study treats the Northeastern aquataic fauna comprehensively and presents suitable articieal imitiations to assist the angler in pursuit of game fish.

This handbook was designed for those seeking technical information to be used in conjunction with a more detailed identification guide.  Its intent is to catalog the major aquatic speciies in the Northeast and suggest their iimitations.  Major hatches are presented along with suggested, and proven, imitations.

40 Pages, 5.5" x 8.5", Technical Handbook #1, published by Adventures in Angling 1997

Northeastern  Baitfish . . . and their fly patterns

Authors and anglers have been writing for years and talking about larger fish and a common expression is: "the bigger the bait, the bigger the fish".  While this is often a correct statement, it doesn't hold true all of the time.  Big fish do require bigger food, or at least more of it.  Simple put, that is how they got big or, at least, maintain themselves.  And just how big a morsel is utilized by the large predator may surprise the average angler.

With artificials, the question then becomes what to use. This Handbook, with 37 original hand-drawn and colored baitfish by Richard D. Wilson, will help you make that decision as each baitfish is described and the respective recipes included.


56 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", Technical Handbook #3, Published by Adventures in Angling, 1998