Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2.   Mahogany Duns
3.   Midges - hatching in isolated locations
4.   Little Yellow Stoneflies - hatching (Little Summer Stones)
5.   Slate Drakes - hatching
6.   Cream Cahills - hatching in Isolated locations
7.   Beetles
8.   Grasshoppers
9.   Ants
10. Inch Worms
11. Crane Flies
12. Helligramite
13. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish

Little Yellow Quills - Spinner
The Little Yellow Quill spinners show up in the mid to late afternoon and stay
around until dark unless they are eaten by a trout. If the weather is still warm, they
show up later in the day near dark but during late September and early October
they will show up around the middle of the afternoons. They appear out of the
bushes and trees along the bank and deposit their eggs in the small runs and riffles.
At times you can find several spinners on the water at the end of each little riffle.

Most of the time we have fished the spinner fall of the Little Yellow Quills it was
during the late afternoon in the high elevation streams in the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. That was not because it was the only place the spinner
fall occurred, but due to the fact that during the late summer that is usually the only
place the water temperature is not bordering on being too warm for trout.

Since most of our fishing occurred in the small streams at mid to high elevations,
most of our cast were very short. In some of the small streams, you will need to
cast the spinner imitation any way you can to get it into the small runs and riffles.
Sometimes this is casting downstream from your knees or side-armed under a
rhododendron bush.  

The brook trout and rainbows will a take our "Perfect Fly" Little Yellow Quill Spinner  
on almost every cast if you don't spook them before you manage to get the fly in
the right place. Even though attractor imitations usually work fine in the small
streams, you will find that the Little Yellow Quill spinner imitations will work much
better if these beautiful mayflies are depositing their eggs. I have actually hooked a
trout on as many as eight consecutive cast during the spinner fall. This is an
excellent method of fishing for the late summer and the early autumn months of the
year. You should be able to catch a lot of trout in a short time.

Our "Perfect Fly"
Little Yellow Quill Spinner


Copyright 2009 James Marsh