03/09/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    Midges
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)

Update On The Strategies For the Weekend - again:
I knew when I was complimenting AccuWeather and the National Weather Service for their
accurate predictions as to the amount of rainfall we got last weekend, they wouldn't go very long
without showing that most of the time the predictions is just a big guess. Yesterday
morning at 4:00 AM, when I wrote the daily article, they showed the total rainfall amount would be
just less than a half inch.
As of now, the streams are blown out. If your coming from out of
town to fish Saturday only, you may want to give it another thought, but if your coming to spend a
few days, by all means come on because the water will fall out rather fast. You will be able to fish
Saturday, wading will be tricky and not exactly safe but you can fish the higher elevation small
streams. You should still be able to catch plenty of trout. There is more rain predicted for the
middle to the end of next week but I'm not about to guess how much, and I'M NOT GOING TO
PAY WHAT THE WEATHER GUYS HAVE TO SAY MUCH ATTENTION. I can guess as good as
they can.
Most of the park got 1.5 to 2.0 inches of rain and some areas 2.0 to 2.5. The
valleys got less.

Be sure to bring your streamers.

"K.I.S.S. A Bug" Series - Hendrickson and Red Quill - Part 5
Hendrickson and  Red Quill Duns











I've been promising I would post pictures of the Hendrickson and Red Quill mayflies to show the
difference in what is the same species of mayfly, depending on whether it's the male of female.
The above images are thumbnails. Click the picture to enlarge them. As you can see, the
Hendrickison Dun has lighter wings and  a much lighter body and the Red Quill has a much
darker body and slightly darker wings. Of course, both of these are newly emerged mayflies and
their wings will lighten with time. In real life, they are actually more difference in them than the
pictures makes it look.
The easiest way to tell the difference in them is their eyes. The
females have little eyes and the males big, red tomato eyes. By the way, this is true of the  
Ephemerella group of mayflies (genus) which includes many other common species of mayflies
like the Sulphurs. All of the species of mayflies within the family have eyes that differ like this
depending on the gender.












Here are our Perfect Fly imitations. Notice our wings are lighter and that's because when
they get wet, which they do when your use the fly, they turn a little darker. The wings are
made of hen feathers.
The big difference, clearly seen by the trout, is the different
body colors
. The Hendrickson has a light tan body and the Red Quill a dark reddish
brown body. There's not much difference in the thorax. Notice, we use the light hackle that
imitates the legs because the real ones have light color legs.

Now, as I have already written, we have always been able to use either fly pattern during
the hatch and catch trout. Both genders hatch at the same time and there are about the
same number of each. We make the two different dun patterns because many anglers
that fish these hatches, especially those in the Northeast and New England area, think the
gender of the fly can make a difference. We offer both patterns to let them have a choice.

When it comes to the spinners, it's a different situation. We will get into this tomorrow. We
do think the gender makes a big difference because the spinner falls occur at different
times. Sometimes the water is covered in mostly males and later on, mostly females. The
spinner male and females look entirely different as you will see tomorrow.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
Hendrickson Dun (Female)
Red Quill Dun (Male)
Hendrickson Dun (Female) Perfect Fly
Red Quill Dun (Male) Perfect Fly