02/01/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives
2.   Little Black Winter Stoneflies
3.   Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish
4.   Midges

Destinations: Rapidan River, Virginia
The Shenandoah National Park has some great trout streams and is within a short
drive from the Smokies. One of, if not the best stream in the park, is the Rapidan
River. You cannot mention this stream without mentioning the fact that Camp
Hoover is located at the headquarters of the stream.

The Rapidan River is a great Brook Trout stream, but the brook trout are not the
same char, or subspecies, at least as our Smoky Mountain Appalachian native
brook trout. They are the northern brook trout. They seem to be less colorful but
they do get much more colorful during the spawn than the ones shown in the
images.

The big difference, from a fly fisherman's standpoint, is probably the average size
of the trout. The ones from the Rapidan River probably average a couple of inches
larger than those of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Check out our latest "Stream Destination" from our Perfect Fly website -
the Rapidan River.

Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Mayflies - Part 21
We got started on the Quill Gordon mayfly yesterday and today we will continue with
the Quill Gordon nymphs. Anglers pay little attention to them because everyone is
waiting on the hatch to start. When it gets near the time for the to hatch, as I
pointed out yesterday, anglers will flood the park beating the fast water with their
dry flies only to end up disappointed. The reason always is either the water was too
cold or the nymphs hadn't fully developed, a product of the previous few months  
water temperatures. This year, so far, it looks like the nymphs may be slow
hatching, but remember, it stayed warm for a month when it shouldn't have. All in
all, I think the hatch will be on time this year.

When you first go, and realize the trout are not going to eat your dry fly, change to
an imitation of the nymph and fish it in the type of water where the Quill Gordons
hatch. Today's article will get into that.

The Quill Gordon Nymphs.........

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