Western Ginger Quill and Dark Red Quill Emergers
.............................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

The Western Ginger Quills and Dark Red Quill nymphs, like many mayflies, usually
emerge just beneath the surface skim. Since these mayflies hatch during the warmer
times of the season, they usually don't stay on the water very long. It is possible some
may hatch after the air temperatures have begin to cool down but it is not probable.
This means most of the time the duns are not going to stay on the water very long and
this means the emerger may well be the better choice. Emerger fly patterns with wings
made of CDC feathers allow the fly to float just under the skim. They usually work great
for this mayfly. So does the trailing shuck version that imitate the emerging dun with the
nymphal shuck still attached.

Imitations of the emerging nymphs can be fished wet just under the surface in the
slower moving water adjacent to the riffles and runs of the stream. If the water is rather
smooth, the down and across, dead-drift method works best for this. If you are fishing
pocket water then we suggest an up or up and across presentation that allows the fly
to drift along the current seams.

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Western Ginger Quill and Dark Red Quill Duns

Copyright 2008 James Marsh