Hatches Made Easy:

Hendricksons and the Red Quills (Ephemerella subvaria)


The Hendrickson and the Red Quill are a little different from most mayflies in that
this species has a common name for the male and another for the female. The
reason is that they are different enough in size and color that they require
different imitations. The
Hendrickson is the female subvaria and the Red
Quill is the male
The Hendrickson and Red Quill belong to the Ephemerella genus of the large
Ephemerellidae family. The larger “Hendrickson” or female is
also called the
“Light Hendrickson”
. The smaller “Red Quill”, or male is sometimes called
the “Dark Hendrickson”
. During the hatch, It is possible that the trout may
become selective on either one - the male or the female. I say possible but I will
also point out that it is not probable. The reason is that this crawler mayfly is not
that plentiful in the Smoky Mountain National Park. They exist in many of the
streams but they are randomly located only in areas of the stream that provides
the suitable habitat. Although the
subvaria nymphs inhibit a very wide range of
water, it doesn't compare to the area of water that is better suited for the clinger
nymphs. The crawler nymphs do not handle the fast, turbulent pocket water
nearly as well as the clingers. That is why you will only find them in isolated
areas of some streams.
When you are fishing, general rules don't necessarily apply. Even though you
may not run into the Hendricksons and Red Quills just anywhere you decide you
want to fish, when and where ever you do, you will find the trout feeding on
them. Being prepared for this hatch could very well make the difference in
success or failure.

Coming Up Next:
The Hendrickson Nymph

Copyright 2008 James Marsh
Hendrickson Female Dun: Click on
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Hendrickson Male Dun (Red Quill):
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