Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2 . Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3. Little Brown Stoneflies
4. Quill Gordons
5. Blue Quills
6. Little Black Caddis
Quill Gordon Spinners - Part 2
In the event you are lucky enough to be fishing the Quill Gordon hatch during the
time the spinners fall, I wanted to provide a few more tips that I think would help.
Repeating some of what I wrote yesterday - if you happen to be fishing when the
skies are heavily overcast, the spinner fall may occur during legal fishing hours. I
mentioned this because I received about six email's yesterday asking about the
legal fishing hours. It is legal to fish in the park on a year-round basis as long as it is
from 30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset. Often, the
spinner fall takes place after legal fishing hours. If there's a clear sky, you will most
likely not see it before 30 minutes after official sunset. I'm not suggesting anyone is
going to lock you up and give you 30 days in th electric chair for fishing after that
time, but I'm also not going to advise anyone to ignore the park rules.
If you are fishing on a day a hatch occurs, most likely there will be a spinner fall that
same day. If you continue to fish late in the day and continue to keep looking twenty
or thirty feet above the stream for spinners, you would probably notice them. You
probably wouldn't unless you were looking for it. The males will dance up and down
to attract the females when they first congregate. In just a few minutes, the females
will join them and mating will take place in mid air. The males will fall wherever they
happen to hit, on the water or on the banks, depending on wind. You probably will
not be able to see the mayflies on the surface of the water. Shortly thereafter, the
females will start depositing their eggs on the surface of the water. They usually dip
down and touch the water to knock the eggs off. When they have done that, they
will also fall dead on the surface in a spent position.
It takes almost a perfect lighting situation and they don't fall when the skies are clear
during the day. They fall when there's low light conditions. Again, if it's cloudy this
could be earlier than the hours listed above or if not, it most likely will be almost dark
when it occurs. Also, the later in the season or I should say, the warmer the air and
water, the later they will fall.
By the end of March, if there's still any hatches going on in the mid to higher
elevations, this situation will not occur during legal fishing hours unless it is very
cloudy during the afternoon.
The best way to present the spinner imitation is to cast up and across at the ends
of riffles and runs. The naturals will fall on the fast water, but the trout will be
farther downstream looking for them where they collect in the seams of the current.
That is where you want to place your fly. It's sometimes difficult to notice a take. You
have to pay close attention to the end of your fly line and leader. It will be difficult to
see the fly or the takes most of the time. In fact, you will sometimes pick up the line
to cast and discover there's a fish on.
This is our Perfect Fly imitation of a Quill Gordon spinner. It is made of goose or
turkey biots with wrappings that show the very obvious segmentation of a Quill
Gordon's abdomen. The wings are hen feathers which will appear to loose their
white color when wet and look more like the transparent wings of the natural. The
tails are very long. Quill Gordon spinners have amazingly long tails. The thorax is
dubbed and capped with molted turkey quill.
Down and Dirty (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 27
Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.
Green River Wyoming
This is the Green River you hear little about. It's the same Green River that is highly
promoted which flows into Utah and creates a fine tailwater at Flaming Gorge. One
reason it isn't that well known is its close proximity to many other good trout streams.
It flows though the little town of Pinedale on a route many anglers take to Jackson
Hole. That's about the only point a major highway crosses its...get
this...one-hundred and forty mile length.
There's several areas you can fish the Green River. I won't repeat what's in the
Perfect Fly stream section but I will note the upper headwaters, a few places in the
general area of Pinedale and the tailwater below Fontenelle Reservoir are the
better areas of this very long river. It has trout throughout its length but much of it
flows through private property. The tailwater section is a sleeper. It's so far from
anything it is rarely promoted but I will assure you, it's an excellent tailwater with
some huge trout. The river has cutthroats, brown and rainbow trout.
Copyright 2011 James Marsh