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 - Hendrickson and Red Quill - Part 6
Hendrickson and Red Quill Spinners
The Hendrickson and the Red Quill spinners differ from each other even more than the duns.
Again, in case you haven't read the previous articles on this mayfly, they are the same species of
mayfly. The difference is one is the female and the other the male.
The above and below images are thumbnails. Click the picture to enlarge them. As you can see,
both the Hendrickison Spinner and the Red Quill Spinner have almost clear wings. The big
difference is the female's body is an olive brown color and the male's body is a very redish or rust
color brown. The easiest way to tell the difference in them is their eyes. The females have
little eyes and the males big, red tomato eyes. As mentioned yesterday, 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 Ephemerellidae family have eyes that
differ like this depending on the gender.
These are our Perfect Fly imitations.
Notice the wings are white but when they get wet, which they do when your use the fly, they turn
almost translucent. They become difficult to see when floating flush with the surface skim just like
the real spinners. The wings are made of hen feathers. The big difference, clearly seen by
the trout, is the different body colors. The Hendrickson Spinner has a brown body and the
Red Quill Spinner a dark, rusty, reddish brown body. There isn't much difference in the thorax. It
is dubbing with a turkey quill wing pad. Notice, we use light color soft hackle that imitates the legs
because the real ones have light color legs.
As mentioned yesterday, we have always been able to use either dun fly pattern during the hatch
and catch trout. Both genders hatch at the same time and there are about the same number of
male duns as female duns. 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. The gender does make a big difference
because the male and female spinner falls occur at different times. Sometimes the water is
covered in mostly males and later on, mostly females.
The males go out over the water first and are soon joined by the females. They mate and the
male spinners immediately fall spent in the water and die. The female spinners fly back to the
bushes and trees until their eggs are ready to deposit. After a short period of time, they return to
the water and deposit their eggs.
Both the male spinners and the female spinners get the attention of the trout. Since they fall on
the water at different times, the particular fly you use to imitate them can make a difference. We
start out with the Red Quill Spinner and when we see the egg laying taking place, switch to an
imitation of the Hendrickson Spinner.
The spinner fall is the highlight of the Hendrickson hatch. More trout can be taken in a shorter
amount of time than during the hatch. I will get into how you fish the spinner fall tomorrow.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
Hendrickson Spinner (Female)
Red Quill Spinner (Male)
Hendrickson Spinner (Female) Perfect Fly
Red Quill Spinner (Male) Perfect Fly