This page will help you learn to identify the different fly patterns you will encounter when you are fly fishing. There is a Hatch Chart for North Carolina. There are Entomology pages that have the real pictures of the insects and will help you identify the real insects in the aquatic world. The Dry Fly Styles page will help you choose the right dry fly for different water speeds & conditions.
en·to·mol·o·gy Pronunciation: "en-ta-'mä-la-jE Etymology: French entomologie, from Greek entomon insect (from neuter of entomos cut up, from en- + temnein to cut) + French -logie -logy
There are 5 basic groups you will see below. The study of insects in the aquatic realm (entomology) should be one of your main focuses as a fly fisherman. These pages are a start to help you identify the general insects you will find while fishing a stream. Flies like the Caddisflies, Stoneflies, Mayflies. Take some samples of these insects while out on the stream. Take some time in your day while fishing just to notice these insects and bugs. This will be the best time spent learning you will ever experience. This will greatly help you as a fly tier too. You can tie flies that more resemble the local aquatic species. Check out Jason Neuswanger aquatic insect site from Cornell University on Aquatic Insect guide to Entomology for Trout Fishing