Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little BWOs)
3. Little Winter Stoneflies
4. Little Brown Stoneflies
5. Quill Gordons
6. Blue Quills
7. Little Black Caddis
Most available - Other types of food:
8. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
This Week's Featured Trout Food - Quill Gordon Duns
This will continue last week's featured trout food article on Quill Gordons. By the way, in keeping with
yesterday's article (getting started) on how confusing anglers have made the names and identification of
insects over the years, and how they added to the confusion by naming flies names that had nothing to do
with the insects they were intended to imitate, just look at the common name of the mayfly "Quill Gordon". It
originally wasn't the name of an insect at all. It's actually the name of a fly pattern.
Theodore Gordon named a fly he tied a Quill Gordon - Quill from the fact it was tied using quills for the body
and Gordon for himself.
Sorry, but I had rather be honest than nice. Mother taught me that. As you can see, if that's what
Gordon came up with, it's a very poor imitation of the actual mayfly. Looks more like a mosquito to me. It isn't
actually known if he intended it to imitate what's now known as a quill gordon mayfly. He was ahead of
everyone else at the time but like I often say, you can go fishing in a Model T Ford is you aren't worried
about getting back home. You can also use the poor imitations of the Quill Gordon that are very close to the
above pitiful imitation, tied by people in Thailand for Umpqua, Rainys and others for pennies and sold by
U.S. fly shops.
It has always been funny to me that the same fly shops that make fun of matching insects, always
make a big deal out of imitating the only three or four insects in the Smokies they can name, yet
when it comes to dozens of others just as important, they say matching an insect doesn't matter -
use a Purple People Eater fly.
When it comes to the Quill Gordon, go in your local expert fly shop and ask them for a Quill Gordon spinner.
I'm sure they will give you a funny look and come up with something that they claim works great, even though
the salesman may not even know the difference in a mayfly dun and a mayfly spinner.
Don't ask them for a Quill Gordon nymph. They will look at you like your crazy. Don't mention the fact that
the trout can actually see the Quill Gordon nymphs much better and clearer than they can see the duns on
the surface of the water. That's taking facts too far. Just say, "you sure do have a large fly selection". I'm
not knocking my neighborhood fly shops. They have some beautiful t-shirts that match the fish very well.
Again, I'm sorry if I'm taking any fun out of fly fishing, but since I have made my living from fishing for the past
33 years, it's important to me to be as truthful about fishing as anything else, even though the truth isn't
always nice. I take the sport of fishing serious, always have and always will. Heck, that's why I've always
known better than to get into politics.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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