Sara Low is a New York State licensed fishing guide and fly-fishing instructor with more than fifteen years of experience leading fishing trips and teaching fly fishing to both skilled and novice anglers. She was honored as the 2010 Fly Fisher of Distinction by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. She has made numerous appearances in journals, lecture halls, and on television to share her fly-fishing expertise. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
The hatch chart at the fly shop said Hoppers. I saw the list of flies written in thick chalk letters. When I got to the water, I tied a Size 8 Stimulator onto my client’s line. He plopped the fly on the stream near the bank and let it drift with the current, a dead drift with no action as if it were a terrestrial insect caught in the layer of film on...