Blue-winged Olive Emerger:
This is our "Perfect Fly" Blue-winged Olive
Emerger.
Flies: Mayflies
Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Blue-winged Olive Spinner:
This is our "Perfect Fly" Blue-winged Olive
Spinner..
Blue-winged Olive Dun:
This is our "Perfect Fly" Blue-winged Olive Dun.
The following flies are what we recommend to imitate the
various mayflies in the streams of the Great Smoky Mountains
surface skim or
emerging nymphs imitates those mayflies the
surface skim just before it hatches. It should be fished near or
in the surface skim. The
emerging dun with a trailing shuck is
part shuck and part dun. It imitates the hatching mayfly and
should be fished in the surface skim. The
dun is a dry fly that
should be fished on the surface imitating the mayfly dun before
it departs the water. The
emerging adult is a wet fly designed
to imitate those mayflies that hatch below the surface from the
bottom to near the surface. The
spinner is a spent dry fly that
imitates the egg layers and dead or dying mayflies.

Blue Quill:
Paraleptophlebia adoptive
Abundant, common distribution
Nymphs:
Blue Quill Nymph: 18

Emerging Nymphs:
Blue Quill Emerger: 18

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
Blue Quill emerger with Trailing Shuck: 18

Duns:
Blue Quill: 18

Spinners:
Blue Quill Spinner: 18
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Quill Gordon:
Epeorus pleuralis
Abundant, scattered distribution
Nymphs:
Quill Gordon Nymph: 12, 14

Emerging Adults: (Wet Flies):
Quill Gordon Emerging Adult: 12, 14

Duns:
Quill Gordon Dun: 12, 14

Spinners:
Quill Gordon Spinner: 12, 14
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Eastern Blue-winged Olive:
Drunella species
Modest Abundance, scattered distribution
Nymph:
Blue-winged Olive Nymph: 14, 16

Emerging Nymph:
Blue-winged Olive Emerger: 14,16

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
Blue-winged Olive Emerger with T. S.: 14, 16

Dun:
Blue-winged Olive Dun: 14, 16

Spinners:
Blue-winged Olive Spinner: 14, 16
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Small Eastern Blue-winged Olive
slight abundance, isolated distribution
Attenella
Nymph:
Blue-winged Olive Nymph: 20

Emerger:
Blue-winged Olive  Emerger:  20

Emerger with Trailing Shuck:
Blue-winged Olive Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck::20

Dun:
Blue-winged Olive Dun: 20

Spinner:
Blue-winged Olive Spinner: 20
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Blue-winged Olive:
widespread abundance, modest distribution\
Baetis and Others
Nymphs:
Blue-winged Olive Nymph: 16, 18


Emerging Nymphs:
Blue-winged Olive Emerger: 16, 18

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
Blue-winged Olive Emerger TS: 16, 18

Duns:
Blue-winged Olive Dun: 16, 18

Spinners:
Blue-winged Olive Spinner: 16, 18
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Little Blue-winged Olive:
widespread abundance, modest distribution
Acentrella, Diphetor, Plauditus & Timpanoga sp
Nymph:
Blue=winged Olive Nymphs: 20

Emerger:
Blue-winged Olive Emerging Nymphs: 20


Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
Blue-winged Olive Emerger with TS: 20

Duns:
Blue-winged Olive Dun: 20

Spinners:
Blue-winged Olive Spinner: 20
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Sulfur:
Isolated abundance, slight distribution
Ephemerella dorothea
Nymphs:
Sulfur Nymph: 16, 18

Emerging Nymphs:
Sulfur Emergers: 16, 18

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
Sulfur Emerger with TS: 16, 18

Duns:
Sulfur Dun: 16, 18

Spinners:
Sulfur Spinner: 16, 18
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Eastern Pale Evening Dun:
modest abundance, slight distribution
Ephemerella invaria
Nymphs:
Eastern Pale Evening Dun Nymph: 14

Emerging Nymphs:
Eastern Pale Evening Dun Emerger: 14

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
Eastern Pale Evening Dun Emerger with TS: 14

Dun:
Eastern Pale Evening Dun:  14

Spinners:
Eastern Pale Evening Dun Spinner: 14
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Hendricksons and Red Quill:
modest abundance, scattered distribution
Ephemerella subvaria  
Nymphs:

Emerging Nymphs: Male: (Red Quill):
Hendrickson Emerger: 12, 14

Emerging Nymphs: Female:

Emerging Nymphs with Trailing Shuck: Male: Red Quill:
Hendrickson Emerger with TS - Male: 12, 14

Emerging Dun with Trailing shuck: Female:
Hendrickson Emerger with TS - Female: 12, 14

Duns - Male:
Hendrickson Dun - Male: 12/14

Duns: - Female:
Hendrickson Dun - Female: 12, 14

Spinners - Male:
Hendrickson Spinner - Male: 12, 14

Spinners - Female:
Hendrickson Spinner -Female: 12, 14
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Little Dark Hendricksons:
trickling abundance, Isolated distribution
Serratella sp
Nymphs:
Little Dark Hendrickson Nymph: 18

Emerging Nymphs:
Little Dark Hendrickson Emerger: 18

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
Little Dark Hendrickson Emerger with TS: 18

Duns:
Little Dark Hendrickson Dun: 18

Spinners:
Little Dark Hendrickson Spinner: 18
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Eastern Green Drake and Coffin Fly:
modest abundance, Isolated distribution (Abrams Creek)
Ephemera guttulata
Nymphs:
Eastern Green Drake Nymph: 6/8/10

Emerging Dun  with Trailing Shuck::
Eastern Green Drake Emerger with TS: 6/8/10

Duns:
Eastern Green Drake Dun: 6/8/10

Spinners - Male:
Eastern Green Drake Spinner - Male: 6/8/10

Spinners - Female:
Eastern Green Drake Spinner - Female: 6/8/10
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Brown Drake:
trickling abundance, isolated distribution
Ephemera simulans
Nymphs:

Emerging Nymphs:

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:

Duns:

Spinners:
(Reddish Brown)

Dark Red Quill:
trickling abundance, isolated distribution
Cinygmula subaequalis
Nymphs:
Dark Red Quill Nymph: 14

Emerging Nymphs:
Dark Red Quill Emerger: 14

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
Dark Red Quill Emerger with TS: 14

Duns:
Dark Red Quill Dun: 14

Spinners:
Dark Red Quill Spinner: 14
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Slate Drake:
very abundant, widespread distribution
Isonychia bicolor  

Nymphs:
Slate Drake Nymph: 10, 12

Spinners:
Slate Drake Spinner: 10, 12
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American March Browns:
abundant, common distribution
Maccaffertium vicarium
Nymphs:
American March Brown Nymph: 10, 12

Emerging Nymphs:
American March Brown Emerger: 10, 12

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
American March Brown Emerger with TS: 10, 12

Duns:
American March Brown Dun: 10, 12

Spinners:
American March Brown Spinner: 10, 12
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Light Cahills:
abundant, common distribution
Stenacron interpunctatum
Nymphs:
Light Cahill Nymph: 14, 16

Emerging Nymphs:
Light Cahill Emerger: 14, 16

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
Light Cahill Emerger with TS: 14, 16

Duns:
Light Cahill Dun: 14, 16

Spinners:
Light Cahill Spinner: 14, 16
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Light Cahills:
Modest abundance, isolated distribution
Maccaffertium species
Nymphs:
Light Cahill Nymph: 14, 16

Emergng Nymphs:
Light Cahill Emerger: 14, 16

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
Light Cahill Emerger with TS: 14, 16

Duns:
Light Cahill Dun: 14, 16

Spinners:
Light Cahill Spinner: 14, 16
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Cream Cahills:
Modest abundance, common distribution
Maccaffertium sp
Nymphs:
Cream Cahill Nymph: 14, 16

Emerging Nymphs:
Cream Cahill Emerger: 14, 16

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
Cream Cahill Emerger with TS: 14, 16

Duns:
Cream Cahill Dun: 14, 16

Spinners:
Cream Cahill Spinner: 14, 16
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Little Yellow Quills:
abundant, common distribution
Heptagenia Group
Nymphs:
Little Yellow Quill Nymph: 16

Emerging Nymphs:
Little Yellow Quill Emerger: 16

Emerging Dun with Trailing Shuck:
Little Yellow Quill Emerger with TS: 16

Duns:
Little Yellow Quill Dun: 16

Spinners:
Little Yellow Quill Spinner: 16
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Note:
Where we note a trickling abundance of a mayfly, we
recommend using imitations of them only when you detect a
hatch or abundance of nymphs in the water of that particular
mayfly. Otherwise, you would be better off using an imitation of
a mayfly nymph that is more abundant for the particular area of
the stream, or off course,  if occurring, a dry fly dun or spinner
for the hatch of a more abundant mayfly.  

Copyright 2011 James Marsh
Quill Gordon Nymph::
This is the clinger nymph of the Quill Gordon.
Also, note just below that it only has two tails.
Epeorus pleuralis nymph:
A Quill Gordon showing off its two tails.
Eastern Blue-winged Olive:
Three short tails and heavy front legs are a
couple of things that help identify this mayfly
nymph from this image taken at Little River.
Little Blue-winged Olive:
of Little Blue-winged olives.
"Perfect Fly" Supper Swimmer Nymph:
This is our own pattern for those larger
swimming nymphs. By changing the colors of
the material used you can match any of  the
larger swimming nymphs such as the
Slate
Drakes found in the Smokies.
When it is
submerged in the water, its tails, legs and gills
move with the currents and imitates the large
swimmers well.
Selecting a fly
Tying "Perfect Mayfly Nymphs" : This new
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according to the recipes, you can tie over 80
specific imitations or flies that imitate all the
important species of mayfly nymphs.
Tying "Perfect Mayfly Duns, new instructional
DVD (& CD of recipes) teaches you how to tie 7
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you can tie over 120 specific imitations or flies that
imitate all the important species of mayfly duns,
spinners and emerging duns.
Hendrickson Nymph
Hendrickson Female Spinner
Hendrickson Male Spinner Red Quill
Hendrickson Female Dun
Hendrickson Male Dun  (Red Quill)
March Brown Emerger
Cream Cahill Dun
March Brown Emerger with Trailing Shuck
March Brown Nymph
Cream Cahill Emerger
Hendrickson Female Dun
Hendrickson Male Dun
Little Yellow Quill Dun
Light Cahill Spinner
Light Cahill Emerger
Light Cahill Dun
Quill Gordon Spinner
Quill Gordon Nymph
Quill Gordon Dun
Sulfur Nymph
Slate Drake Spinner
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