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Fly Fishing Club to Host Author / Photographer Thomas Ames, Jr.

Posted: March 19, 2012

The Penn State Fly Fishing Club will have nationally recognized author, Thomas Ames, Jr. speak at their meeting on Thursday evening March 29 at 7:00 p.m. in 101 Agricultural Science and Industries Bldg. His subject will be eastern caddisflies and insect photography.

Thomas Ames, Jr. was entering his third decade as a commercial photographer when he began applying his professional skills to his growing interest in fly tying. Thomas’ detailed studies of the aquatic insects that fishing flies imitate, and his discoveries made in chasing and imitating all of the major eastern hatches, as well as numerous minor ones, became the basis of three books for fly fishers titled, Hatch Guide for New England Streams, Fishbugs: the Aquatic Insects of an Eastern Flyfisher, and Caddisflies: A Guide to Eastern Species for Anglers and Other Naturalists. His book on caddisflies contains stunning and detailed color photographs of more than 100 species of caddisflies. This excellent book covers caddisfly hatches and how to identify them plus valuable tips on how to fish a hatch. The book also provides fly patterns for caddisfly pupae, larvae, and adults and includes 80 tying recipes for caddisfly patterns. Thomas will discuss eastern caddisfly hatches and insect photography during his lecture on March 29 at 7 p.m. in 101 Agricultural Science & Industries Bldg.