Pink Lady:
.............................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
06/20/08

The
albertae species of the Epeorus genus, is also called the “Yellow Quill”, and
sometimes the "Pink Albert” in addition to the "Pink Lady". The "Pink Lady" name
comes from the body color of the female dun and spinner. The body color of the male
albertae is an olive color. Separate patterns should be tied for both the male and
female.
Emergers:
As mentioned before, these mayflies emerge on the bottom or shed their shucks
somewhere between the bottom and the surface skim. This means fishing a wet
imitation of the emerging dun makes a lot of sense.
Remember that the nymphs move to slower moving water adjacent to their normal fast
water habitat to hatch. You want to fish the emerger patterns in the current seams to
the sides of pockets. We use an up or slightly up and across presentation and a wet fly
imitation of the dun for this.
Duns:
Duns of the albertae species don’t stay on the surface very long. The trout will eat
them for certain but they probably eat more of the duns when they are shedding their
nymphal shucks than they do the duns on the surface of the water. Of course, the
fishing satisfaction and action is always better if you are fishing a dry fly, so we always
try it.
We stick with the up and slightly up and across presentations of the dry dun imitation.
Fish it in the current seams coming down the side of pockets behind boulders and to
the sides of pockets along the banks. The duns may not surface until they are well
below the pockets, so don't fail to fish the dry fly downstream of the pockets. Just follow
the bubbles.

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Pink Ladies.(Epeorus albertae) - Fly Pattern Colors

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