I was just thumbing through Loring Wilson’s 1978 book, “Tying and Fishing the Terrestrials” and it reminded me of the first time I threw flies at non-trout fish. In 1988, I was 15 and my parents and I were visiting my Aunt Olga in Bethesda, Maryland. She lived in a condo and they were all talking about lots of boring stuff from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s so I explored the pond surrounded by trees that was in the condo complex. Under the walkway over the spillway, I saw a bunch of sunfish basking and milling around and I decided to go get some bread to throw to them. After feeding them half a loaf from my aunt’s kitchen, it dawned on me that the flies I had brought along with me just in case we happened upon a trout stream or pond might be interesting to these little maniacs. Long story short, I wound up using a spare spool of 6# mono and dangling a variety of hare’s ears, zug bugs, and monstrosities of my own creation in front of the pumpkinseeds and bluegills and whatever else for the next several days that we stayed there. A snapping turtle lived under the walkway as I discovered and being a 15 year old boy, I realized I could hook a sunfish, swing it around, and feed the turtle in one swift motion. A couple of passers by found themselves aghast when they stopped to ask me what I was up to and if the fishing was any good. But I still remember the colors and spirit of those little sunnies. Even today when I catch sunfish, I marvel at what beautiful little creatures they are and how little attention they get from fly anglers. Back at home in Wyoming, I found Wilson’s book from a decade before at the local library during my feverish attempts to learn as much as possible about fly fishing for things that aren’t trout, and committed to memory his chapters on bass and sunfish angling with terrestrial insect patterns. No talk of mice or foam since it was 1978 and the foam pattern revolution was still nearly 2 decades into the future, but a healthy dose of puffed-up, egotistical hyperbole permeates his amusing, yet at times informative book. Reading it today is a fun trip back to the summer of 1988, even if the information inside is at times dubious. Worth a read if you haven’t seen it already. So what was your introduction to throwing flies to warm water fish? Accidental discovery like mine? Learning from a buddy or family member? Seeing videos online and getting inspired? Inquiring minds want to know and prying eyes want to read!