Quick Pic: Quill Gordon – It’s What’s for Dinner

Mayfly and its imitation

A Quill Gordon and the parachute pattern we use most often to imitate it. The hatches continue along with the unseasonably warm weather this February.
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  1. Fair enough well we will be there all weekend. if you get a free minute and are in the area feel free to stop by…if not that works too. We will be in a white Nissan Maxima with a FL tag :) Thanks for everything.

    Ben

  2. Hey Ian,

    We had a little change of plans our buddy we are going with wants to hike in the Cades cove area up to Elkmont so we are staying @ Elkmont for the trip. We were wondering if you were going to be at the shop on the 17th midmorning because we wanted to swing by. Either that or we can meet you on the river somewhere take your pick :) Let me know if you guys are going to be around. Thanks

    Ben

    • Hi Ben,

      Looking at the calendar it looks like I’ll be out guiding that day. No shop – the guiding Charity and I do most days of the week doesn’t blend well with keeping a fly shop open when our season is busiest. Not much idea of where I’ll be either. You kinda take each day as it comes in this business. Regardless, you’ll be in good water wherever you end up.

      Ian

  3. Yeah we are hoping for the best. Will the Quill gordons still be coming off on the luftee side of the park in mid march? I need to tie some up but havent had that much luck getting the patern very close. Are you using a grey or light blue body….the parachute isnt a problem as the BD hackle works well for wing but the body color isnt coming out right from all the pics I have looked at. Any advice would be awesome. We will see about getting your way that weekend as well, there has been talk about heading over the hill to the Tenn side for a morning and work out way back. Hopefully we will run into you.

    Ben

    • Ben,
      Normally I would say yes, the hatch should be going on, but they started so early, at least on Little River, it’s hard to say. Regardless, I’m sure the fly pattern will work anyway. I use an Adams Gray dubbing. Just make it dark. I’m sure an olive would work as well if that’s all you had. Good Luck!
      Ian

  4. Hey Ian,

    Dont know if you remember my comment from last year but I asked about the Smokemont area and any advice as I was taking a friend on his first fly outing. Anyhow I just wanted to let you know that we had such a good time last spring break we are headed back again. Believe me it is worth the trip from Florida, it at least reminds me of my California mountains I grew up with. Anyhow we are going to be there the 17th-19th of march for a long weekend of food and fishing. Just wanted to drop you a line and invite you over the hill if you guys arent slammed since the weather has been so mild already. Thanks again for the advice last year it was golden.

    Ben

    • Hi Ben,
      Always good to hear about great fishing trips. All signs point to another successful trip for you, although I keep worrying about a late March surge of cold weather. Our biggest snows in history have been in March and early April after mild weather, but that’s very uncommon. Hope you guys have another successful trip!
      Ian