Thread: Nearly skunked
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:17 PM
eastprong eastprong is offline
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My experience has been that the Blue Quills start hatching earlier, last longer, and are more numerous than the Gordons. If you see fish actively rising, I would recommend a BQ pattern. Fact is, during any mayfly hatch you can fish an unweighted nymph and pick up fish just as many, but it's just not as fun. When I see fish pick off duns, that's what I aim for, foolish though it may be. I like the cut wing thorax style with the split tails for my mayfly duns, originated my Marinaro. Flyfishers Paradise has them, if you don't tie. (, but you'll need to order the catalog.) They're in PA, but these bugs are universal throughout the Appalachian chain.
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