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Hey Tom.

First step is to decide what kind of fishing you want to do. Trout in rivers, trout in lakes, steelhead/salmon in rivers, Panfish (bluegill, perch, etc.) or bass in lakes.

Next step is spend the winter hittin' the library. In king county you can have any book or video in the system sent to your local king county library for FREE!!!! You can even go online, search for the book you want and have it delivered to your library from your home computer at www.kcls.org There is stuff on everything available. Don't know about other counties.

After you have read up on things, it's easier to ask specific questions here and get answers, but you can also walk into just about any flyshop and get info. Sometimes you get bad info, so the more you know going in, the better off you are.

As to matching bugs. I've found that in most cases (I want to say all, but that wouldn't be right), size, and behavior are the most important things, and color is WAY down the list. Behavior meaning creeping along on the bottom, drifting mid-depth, emerging, floating on top etc. You can get going and fish extremely effectively with 4 or 5 different bugs in a few sizes each...
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