Match the Hatch

Match the Hatch


We’re excited to partner with Fly Fish Instruct  for our online education courses.  The recorded “Match the Hatch” Online Course is geared towards the beginner/intermediate angler. Understanding basic entomology is key to becoming an independent angler. This course focuses on fishing rivers and the four main orders (Mayfly, Caddis, Stoneflies and Midges).

This course begins with a foundation of terminology and definitions of flies and learning how to classify aquatic insects.  We then go into great detail about the 5 factors when choosing a fly.  Next, we discuss the four fly categories (searching, impressionistic, imitative and attractors) and give fly examples for each category.  Entomologist, Megan Hess, walks us through the lifecycles and shares fly patterns that mimic specific stages of the four most common orders.  After “Intro to Entomology,” we go through the characteristics of a hatch and suggest fly patterns to fish within each hatch stage.  Finally, we discuss finding and using hatch charts and share Megan and Heather’s Top 20 Fly Patterns. 

Fly Fish Instruct acknowledges the many barriers to fly fishing.  Scholarships are available for those who are unable to afford the class.  Please email to ask for one.  Thank you so much for your support.


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Instructors – Heather Hodson and Megan Hess


Cost$25.00 – Scholarships Available

Refunds – No Refunds. 

Course: Recorded Online

Class Covers –

  • Basic Fly Summary
  • How to Learn What You’re Imitating
  • Classifications of Aquatic Insect
  • Fly Types
    • Dry, Terrestrials, Dry and Wet Emergers, Subsurface (Nymph), Streamers
  • Fly Categories
    • Searching, Impressionistic, Imitative and Attractor Patterns
  • Intro to Fly Fishing Entomology
    • Mayfly, Caddis, Stonefly, Midge
  • Hatch Characteristics
  • Understanding Hatch Charts
  • 20 Top Flies

You’ll Receive –

  • “Match the Hatch” Online Course Recording
  • “Match the Hatch” Classroom Handouts
  • 1hr of Classroom Instruction
  • Education Emails from Fly Fish Instruct
  • Education Discounts