A Close Up Look at a Hatching Mayfly

We took this video of a hatching Blue Quill in the Smokies. This is a pretty small bug, only about #18, so it appears larger on your screen than it actually is. This is is filmed in real time and is not a time lapse. It’s pretty amazing how fast this mayfly get its wings up and is able to fly away.


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  1. Ian and Charity,
    I monitor 10 flyfishing sites and yours is the best, hands down. Thanks for freely sharing your knowledge and experiences. It’s methadone for the flyfishing addict. 🙂
    Hope to see you soon.

  2. Ian, Awesome video …never seen anything like that before.

    • I did the editing but I have to say Charity did a great job handling the camera. I had high hopes but was thrilled when we got home and saw the video on the screen.