Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little)
2. Cream Cahills
3. Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
4. Slate Drakes
5. Little Green Stoneflies
6. Mahogany Duns
Most available/ Other types of food:
7. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
8. Inch Worm (moth larva)
Little Yellow Quill Dun
Since the Yellow Quill duns normally leave the water fairly quickly, fishing our dun imitation may not
be as effective as fishing our emerger pattern but trout do eat the duns on the surface. At some
locations in the east and depending on the particular species, these mayflies may hatch later in the
year in colder water. That's is when the dun will usually outperform the emergers. The dun will
catch trout anytime there's a hatch but we are providing you information on what should be the
most productive or effective fly.
Most anglers would prefer to fish a dry fly over an emerger, nymph or wet fly because of the visual,
exciting action a dry fly provides. Our biot body, split tail imitation of this dun is very effective
because the trout get a good opportunity to closely examine these mayflies in the shallow, low,
clear water they hatch in.
An upstream presentation in shallow, slower moving water near ripples and runs would probably be
the best approach. Often the water is low in the summer and early fall and long light leaders are
required for this fly to be effective. You should approach the areas where the Little Yellow Quills
are hatching as carefully as possible and make as good of a presentation as possible under low
water conditions. It is very important to stay hidden from the trout under these tougher conditions.
If the fishing is real tough and you are spooking more trout than you are fishing you may need to
make a down and across presentation. This is not exactly easy in some of the small freestone
streams where the Little Yellow Quills hatch but may be necessary in order to be successful.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh