Re: Flys and fish and type
Tell your dad - no, ASK your dad - to take you to Wal Mart, and head for the sporting goods department. Look for a wire book rack with a collection of books put out by Creative Publishing International. See if you can find one titiled "Fly Fishing for Trout In Streams" under their "The freshwater Angler" label. If I remeber correctly, it's $14.95. I've found it in a few of the Wal Mart store around here ( Maryville/Knoxville) so Nashville should have it. If not, PM me and I'll be happy to pick one up and send it to you. (I liked mine so much I got one for my son as a Christmas present.)
At first glance, the book looks like a very basic primer on the sport of fly fishing. But after reading mine the first time, I was amazed at what I didn't know after 20 years of "playing at" this wonderful sport. I've since re-read it about three times. Trust me, the answers to the questions you've asked are in this book. And there are some wonderful photos that illustrate the points being made in the text. It's not gonna tell you specifically what kind of fly to fish on what day of the week on a specific body of water at a given time of the year, but it will tell you why the fish eat what they do when they do and how to approximate what they're looking to eat. It will also give you a better understanding of the equipment we pay so much for and a healthy respect for the people who develop it.
It gives you a really good foundation to build on. I know I'm fishing with more confidence now that I was before I found this book. Between this website and this book, I"ve learned more about this sport in the past twelve months than in the last 20 years
"I've since learned to use the best knot rather than the one that uses the least line. I go through more tippet material but compensate by drinking cheaper whiskey. One must have priorities." ... Art Scheck