Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
2. Little Winter Stoneflies
3. Blue-winged Ollives (Baetis brunnicolor) and Little BWOs
4. Blue Quills
5. Quill Gordons
6. Little Black Caddis (Brachycentrus)
7. Little Brown Stoneflies
Most available/ Near hatching and/or other types of available food:
8. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
"K.I.S.S. A Bug" Series - Blue Quills - Part 4
Blue Quill Emergers - Flies
We have two Perfect Fly Blue Quill Emerger fly patterns. One is a plain emerger and the other is
a emerger with a trailing shuck that imitates the mayfly nymph's exoskeleton when it's just about
to come off of the newly emerged dun's tail. Both flies work great but different anglers have
different preferences as to the type they prefer.
Of the two types, the plain emerger fly is a little more difficult fish because it's more difficult to
see. It has a CDC wing that floats flush with the surface of the water and therefore, like the real
emerging Blue Quills, most of the fly floats below the surface. The curved hook imitates the
curved shape of the real emerging nymphs.
The plain emerger is more like the nymph than the dun. It imitates the nymph when it's wing pad
first splits and the wings begin to unfold. It isn't intended to imitate the mayfly when it's more dun
You should never grease, or put any floatant on the body of the emerger fly. That will cause it to
float sideways and of course, wouldn't do a good job of imitating the real ones.. Everything but
the CDC wings should hang below the surface. You also should never treat the CDC with
anything. It floats naturally and adding floatant to the CDC will ruin the way it's designed to float.
The Perfect Fly Blue Quill Emerger with the trailing shuck is easier to see in the water and in most
angler's opinion, easier to fish than the plain emerger fly. It floats higher in the water than the
plain emerger. It can be greased, or have floatant added to the fly's body. The CDC wing and biot
body keeps the fly floating low in the surface skim like the real Blue Quill nymphs. As with the
plain emerger, you should add any floatant to the CDC.
Keep in mind, emerger fly patterns should float low in the water because the real emergers float
in the skim. It makes the fly easier to see when they float high and dry, but they don't imitate the
real emergers well at all unless the fly floats low in the surface skim.
The trailing shuck and legs of the emerger are made from Antron. It appears translucent in the
water and when subjected to light, it glitters like the real nymphal shucks do. The color of the
shuck matches the color of the real nymphal shucks.
You want to cast the emergers near the current seams where the slow to moderate sections of
water meets the faster water in areas of the stream where the Blue Quill nymphs emerge from.
These locations and type of water have been covered in the previous Blue Quill articles. You
want the emergers to get caught up in the current seams and drift downstream. This is done
using an up and across presentation but as brought out in yesterday's article, these areas are
difficult to fish without spooking the trout feeding on the emerging Blue Quills.
Keep in mind, as also pointed out in yesterday's article, these mayflies emerge in less than twenty
percent of the surface area of the streams. If your casting your imitation of the emergers just any
and everywhere the water looks good, you are waisting at least eighty percent of your cast. You
want to confine your cast to only the areas of the stream where Quill Gordons are likely to
emerge. That will increase your odds 800 percent over blind casting.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
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