08/09/09

Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2.   Mahogany Duns
3.   Midges - hatching in isolated locations
4.   Little Yellow Stoneflies - hatching (Little Summer Stones)
5.   Slate Drakes - hatching
6.   Cream Cahills - hatching in Isolated locations
7.   Beetles
8.   Grasshoppers
9.   Ants
10. Inch Worms
11. Crane Flies
12. Helligramite
13. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish

Little Yellow Quills - Nymph
The shape of the Little Yellow Quill clinger nymphs is the same flat looking shape of
many other clingers but the color is much darker. Some of them are a very dark
green - so dark you would think they were black at first glance. In the small
headwater streams of the Smokies during late summer and early fall, you will find
these nymphs to be as plentiful as any of the fully grown mayfly nymphs in the
streams. These nymphs hatch from about the second week of August until the first
week of December, depending on the weather. When they first start to hatch when
the weather is still warm they hatch very late in the day. In October and November,
especially during the higher elevations, they may hatch early in the afternoon, as
early as 2:00 P.M.

Presentation:
The key to fishing the "Perfect Fly" Little Yellow Quill Nymph during the time the
mayflies are hatching is to make longer cast using very light, long leaders and
tippets. The water is usually low and the fish are easily spooked. The fish are
usually in the heads of the pools or at the ends of the long runs and riffles. You
would think they would seek the most oxygenated water in the streams but they
don't. When they get ready to hatch they move out of the fast water. We have tried
fishing our nymph in the riffles and fast runs with little success during late summer
and early fall.

























Our "Perfect Fly"
Little Yellow Quill Nymph
                                           

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