View Full Version : Quill Gordons are on!

03-13-2008, 04:59 PM
Took a long lunch hour today and drove over to the LR. I had my little lamiglass 3wt with me and some dries. The Quill Gordons were everywhere and a few fish were rising. Nothing consistant, but then it was only 1pm and it usually gets better as the day goes on. I fished about 30 min. and hooked a couple of small 8-10" bows in my favorite run. It was good to catch some wild colorful fish again after messing with the local tailwater stockers for the past 2 months.
Make sure you stock up with plenty of grey body mayflies and frogs fanny, cause it looks to be a great month of dry fly action!

03-13-2008, 05:34 PM
Thanks for the good news Troutman. I hope to get into the action this weekend!


03-13-2008, 06:05 PM
Do you know of any openings at your work?
I would like to take my lunch hour on the LR too.
I'm not jealous at all so don't even think that.

03-13-2008, 06:19 PM
now that BITES......the quills are hatching and it is only a SEVEN hour drive....I am soooooooooooo envious of those who live close enough to hit the park from a casual drive.....have fun guys and gals and post lots of pics and stories for us unfortunate souls......

hoping to make it down late march early april......save me a few fish to catch on dries......

God Bless and Good Fishing....


03-13-2008, 07:19 PM
What size and color are the Quill gordons,Troutman?

03-13-2008, 08:19 PM
What size and color are the Quill gordons,Troutman?Nice photo with hook size reference here: http://www.troutnut.com/fullsize/picture-im_regspec/2978

03-13-2008, 08:40 PM
Thats funny, I was just about to post the same link! I used a size 12 Quill Gordon dry at first. I did not get any hits on it, so I switched over to "Ole Reliable", a size #14 para adams. The Gordons are unmistakable when you see them. Large grey wings so big that you see all 4 in flight. They don't stay on the water very long so a dry/dropper technique works well,as does swinging wet fies but then most of you probably already know that!

heres another link:


03-13-2008, 09:27 PM
Thanks, Im looking for more pictures of these bugs so I can make more realistic imitations. This will keep me busy.

03-13-2008, 10:06 PM
Another good pattern to use is a Mr Rapidan...I wish LRO carried them, because they're pretty expensive from the originator of the pattern - Harry Murray up in

03-13-2008, 10:45 PM
LRO does carry Mr. Rapidan as tied by Walter Babb. They are in a separate section across from the big bins. Bought a couple myself last fall and hope to use them this spring.

03-13-2008, 10:54 PM
I was absolutely covered up with a small hatch this afternoon in Cataloochee. Saw a few big fish, hanging out close to the banks in some slow shallow runs. I was having to beat the hatch off of my face around 6 pm. The bad news was that I tied on every fly in my box, and not one strike. Earlier in the week the brook were loving a #16 Blue wing Olive with an orange parachute. No such luck today, Can't wait for some warm rain!!!!

03-14-2008, 10:38 AM
Bob, I'm with you on that drive time, it hurts thinking about it from here. Save some for seed guys, be there as soon as I can!http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/images/icons/icon7.gif