Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives (Little Eastern BWOs)
2. Mahogany Duns
3. Little Yellow Quills (Heptagenia Group)
4. Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
5. Needle Stoneflies
6. Slate Drakes
7. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
9. Ants (includes Flying Ants)
Short Update On The Stream Conditions In The Smokies
We are getting a little rain throughout the park. It's 2:00 PM, Saturday night and this is
subject to change depending on when you look at the report, but as of now, the
National Weather Service precipitation map (enter Great Smoky Mountains in the
location box) is showing up to an inch of rain in some areas of the park. The average
is probably closer to a quarter inch. Keep in mind this is for the past 24 hours. The
radar is clear at this time.
We received some rain Friday night at our home in Pigeon Forge. I didn't go into the
park yesterday, but I did notice an increase in the flow of the Little Pigeon River.
Hopefully, all the streams are getting some rain. It's really needed in the Little River
drainage but it appears it's getting some help tonight.
Little Yellow Quill Emergers
Because the Little Yellow Quill isn't commonly referred to by anglers fishing Great
Smoky Mountains National Park, let me again mention the specific species that are
called Little Yellow Quills. These mayflies are species of the Leucrocuta genus of the
Heptageniidae family of mayflies. The aphrodite, hebe, juno, thetis and minerva
species are the most important. The only one listed officially for the park is the thetis
species. The Leucrocuta genus has recently been included in a category called the
Heptagenia group. I know the park includes the Heptagenia julia and Heptagenia
marginalis species that are also in this group of mayflies called Little Yellow Quills.
There's very little difference in the species of the Leucrocuta genus. As mentioned
before, these mayflies are often confused with Light Cahills and Cream Cahills.
We have not raised these nymphs in an aquarium and/or been able to determine
exactly how they hatch. The clingers are difficult to keep alive. The books all say that
they hatch into duns a few inches below the surface of the water and depart the water
very quickly. That must be true because you will rarely spot a dun on the surface. We
believe they hatch either early in the morning or in the evenings when you first start
seeing the duns and when the weather is still warm. When the weather cools off,
usually from the middle of September to the middle of October, you will start seeing
the duns on the surface of the water. They hatch during the afternoons at that time of
Our Little Yellow Quill Emerger should be fished in the surface skim Unless the water
is really slow moving and extremely clear, we suggest an up and across presentation.
Otherwise, a downstream presentation may be required. You will want to use a long,
light leader and tippet. If the water is very low, you may want to go to a six or seven X
tippet. It's best not to use any floatant.
Our "Perfect Fly" Little Yellow Quill Emerger:
Note: The nymphs tend to be a dark green color. The duns are yellow. We use a light
yellowish green biot for the abdomen and an olive green thorax for this fly, which
imitates the mayfly when it's more nymph than dun. We use a greenish yellow body
and a orange thorax for the Trailing Shuck version of the fly show below. It imitates
the mayfly during the emergence when it's more dun that nymph. The choice of which
fly to use is up to you. Some anglers prefer the plain version and some prefer the
trailing shuck version.
Perfect Fly Little Yellow Quill Emerger with Trailing Shuck
Copyright 2011 James Marsh