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 Spinners
Female Little Yellow Quill spinners deposit their eggs by landing on the water for a short period of
time. They may repeat this process a few times. You can use our dun pattern to imitate the females
prior to their falling spent on the water and dieing. Egg laying usually occurs over moderate speed
ripples. Spinners also tend to congregate at the head of pools below the faster moving water that
feeds the pool and that is where our spent-spinner patterns are usually most effective.
You should imitate the dying females after they have deposited their eggs and fallen spent by
casting our Little Yellow Quill Spinner and allowing it to dead-drift from the ends of the riffles into
the slow water. It is also effective when used at the ends of the pools where the egg-laying has or
still is taking place. Use a down or down and across presentation.
Again, please note that these mayflies hatch in the summer and early fall months when the water is
likely to be low. You must use a careful presentation and stay hidden from the trout or otherwise
you will spook the trout feeding on the spent spinners. This is easy to do when they are feeding in
slow moving, shallow water.
If you dress to match the surroundings, make slow, careful movements and good presentations,
you can still be successful. In many cases the light conditions will be very low and you may have a
difficult time see the Little Yellow Quill spent spinner. In those cases you need to carefully watch
your leader and fly line for the slightest unnatural movement that indicates a take. Trout normally
take the spinner by gently sipping them in and this usually only causes a slight rise ring that is not
readily noticeable. The rise ring is your only other indication a strike has occurred. This is fairly
technical fishing but doing so correctly can produce a lot of trout in a short period of time.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh