Already in April the Deschutes River Alliance hosted an event featuring four icons of fly fishing in the Northwest: Rick “the Bug Man” Hafele, Dave “the Tactician” Hughes, Scott “the Storyteller” Richmond and Jeff “Mr. Metolius” Perin. in this great clip, David Hughes— author of Pocketguide to Western Hatches and 20+ other fly fishing books — shares his approach to fishing for mosquito patterns in rivers, and there are a few real gems here that might make you reconsider your own mosquito tactics. He also proves the value of “whining” on the water when your buddy catches more fish than you.

Hughes says he only wears two mosquito patterns on rivers: Syl’s Midge (left) and the zebra mosquito.