|....................... ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Fly Fishing Yellowstone - Speckled Wing Quills (Callibaetis) -
The Callibaetis Nymphs are swimmers. Most of the time the lakes and slower
moving water that these nymphs live in have a heavy growth of aquatic
vegetation. The Callibaetis nymphs swim in and around vegetation as well as
crawl along the bottom. Trout take them from the time they hatch from eggs to
the time they emerge.
Our "Perfect Fly" Speckled Wing Quill Nymph fly will take trout throughout the
fishing season where these mayflies live. Most all of the lakes in Yellowstone
have speckle-wing quills. I say that because I have found them on many of the
lakes in the park in different sections of the park. Even the small lakes have
them. In many cases, we have found them in very dense populations.
As I mentioned in yesterday's articles, all of the lakes in the greater Yellowstone
Country have these mayflies. It is the most plentiful mayfly that exist in the lakes.
Also as previously mentioned, they are bi-brooded and even tri-brooded, so if
you missed the first hatch, there will be more.
In deep clear lakes with deep week beds, use a long leader with a two or three
foot long tippet, and a sinking or intermediate sinking line. In shallow water,
weeds beds, you can use a floating line with a long leader and tippet. Unless
you are fishing from a float tube or boat, you are most likely going to be fishing
shallow water week beds. The clearer the water, the longer your leader and
tippet should be.
Allow the nymph to sink and use a hand twist type retrieve. The retrieve should
be slow and steady. Work the fly just off the bottom unless you are getting the
fly caught in the weeds. In the Madison and other rivers where these mayflies
exist, you can get by with a much shorter leader and tippet.
Copyright 2009 James Marsh