Video: Fly Fishing the Blue Quill Hatch in the Great Smoky Mountains

March is here and it won’t be long before we see abundant hatches on the wild trout streams of the Great Smoky Mountains. Most experienced anglers in the region are familiar with Quill Gordons, Hendricksons, and March Browns but many are less aware of another very important mayfly hatch, the Blue Quill.

Here’s a video we put together with video from previous seasons to illustrate the best way to make the most of this hatch and recognize Blue Quills when they’re on the water. Enjoy!

(YouTube plays this a default lo res setting. After clicking to play you should click the settings “sprocket” on the toolbar of the video player and set the video to HD. It will play much clearer, especially at full screen.)



  1. steven cox says:

    WOW! Now I really have the fever bad! It”s been a longer than usual winter with all the snow and cold temps and my wife and I are ready to get out to some great fishing and camping and your video has sent me over the edge, LOL! We went on an exploratory road trip 2 weekends ago, when the weather was nice, up to the Davidson River and liked what we saw. Will be back there the 2nd weekend of May to try my luck. Thanks for the newsletter and videos they are always great!