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Fool Fish with Flies

When fly anglers research the conditions of their fishing lakes and streams, they also study the life cycles of the aquatic insects living in those waters. This helps them determine which flies to use as lures, based on which species are hatching (“match the hatch”) and the life cycle stages of the insects that the fish are likely to bite. In this lesson, students learn about the life stages and body parts of various aquatic insects, and play a game of Go Fly Fish to become familiar with some dry flies and nymphs and the aquatic insects they imitate.

View and download the lesson plan here. 

Credit: MN DNR MinnAqua Program

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