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 Emerging Adults
Quill Gordon nymphs don't emerge into duns like most mayflies. They change to duns on or near the bottom
of the stream and rise to the surface of the water with open wings that are slanted back near the abdomen
of the dun. They don't stand upright until the dun reaches the surface and dry, but this only takes a very
short time. During the hatch, a wet fly (our Perfect Fly emerging adult) imitation of the dun rising to the
surface of the water to dry its wings, works great.
This process is fairly simple to imitate. Remember that the duns do not hatch in the fast water. They hatch in
the slower water areas of the deeper sections of the stream which is usually pockets behind larger rocks and
boulders - not the slower water such as that found in pools. The water in the pockets is carried away by two
current seams, one on each side of the obstruction or boulder. When the duns are rising to the surface of
the water, they are caught in one of these current seams and carried downstream.
You want to try to do the same thing with your wet fly imitation. Cast it in the pocket inside of one of the two
current seam formed where the slower water of the pocket meets the fast water coming around the boulder.
Allow the current to take the fly downstream.
One way to do this, is to approach the boulders or other obstruction in the water moving upstream, making
short cast placing the fly into the inside edges of the pockets in the current seams. You would do this the
same way you would fish a dry fly.
Another way, and the best way, is to make a short up and across presentation in the pocket and allow the fly
to drift downstream in the current seam. This usually requires that you mend you line to get the fly down and
to keep a drag free drift. Stay as close to the pocket as possible and try to keep as much of your line off of
the water as you can. This helps to keep a drag free drift.
Remember, a fly should drift drag free wherever you present it - on the surface or under the water. Don't be
guilty of thinking that just because you are fishing a wet fly, that it can be brought through the water
differently than the dun would drift downstream and rise to the surface. When the fly gets downstream from
your position, stop the rod and allow the fly to rise to the surface in the current seam. When it reaches the
surface, recast it a little upstream of your previous cast and repeat the same thing.
This is a lot like the normal way you would fish a nymph (high sticking). You just allow the wet fly to rise to
the surface before casting again. You can detect the strike by watching the end of your fly line and leader. If
it jumps, stops or makes an unusual movement, set the hook. If they hit it when you have stopped the drift
and are allowing the fly to rise to the surface, you want have any problem detecting the strike. It will jar your
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