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Black Quill
« on: November 10, 05:00PM »
This is the next big hatch of the season the Black Quill and it is the first mayfly of the season.  To many this is the most important hatch of the year.  It usually starts with the maple buds and continues on for several weeks.  The black Quill nymph lives in quiet waters of lakes and rivers so this is a hatch that can be found in most waters of Nova Scotia.  It starts in shallower lakes and rivers and progresses into deeper colder water bodies as the season progresses.  Although black quill nymphs are classified as crawlers they are quite good swimmers and will swim to the surface and fringe to hatch.  Black quill nymphs dead drifted in fast and moderate current, allowed to swing in slow current or slowly retrieved in lakes and stillwaters will produce fish. 




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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 07:19PM »
Great info

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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 10:04PM »
Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.  ~Author Unknown

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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 10:29PM »
Great pics Tim and helluva fly Roland!
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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 05:02AM »
Thats a great immitation Roland!!

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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 07:18AM »
Well done!

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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 10:52AM »
Love the pattern and extremely well tied as always
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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 12:07PM »
Nice tie Roland

Here is an Evil Weevil.  It is a great little pattern when the black quills are hatching.  Like many hatches, fishing a nymph or a wet fly may be successful when a dry is not.  The evil weevil is best fished in a moderate to fast current and allowed to swing completely across the current and allowed to rise to the surface at the bottom of the swing. 

Evil Weevil

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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 12:10PM »
Sweet Tim!

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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 12:24PM »
awesome

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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 12:41PM »
Deadly boys!  This topic should be buried in a maximum security clearance area, LOL!!
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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 03:15PM »
I am not sure why this fly is so effective during a black quill hatch.  I suppose that it does look a bit like the nymph.  What ever the reason, I know to have a few of these in my boxes for the spring hatches. 

Dark Montreal Hair Wing wet


Hair Wing streamer

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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 04:21PM »
Wow! Splendid Tim!

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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 04:44PM »
Tim don't be telling all the South Shore secrets .....shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :'( :'(

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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 04:52PM »
Yes sir one of the firsy flies I ever fished  great Tim I love what your doing
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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 08:15PM »
Pheasant Tail Shell back



Tail: Olive Marabou
Rib: Copper Wire
Abdomen: Olive Marabou
Shell Back: Pheasant Tail
Thorax: Olive Seal Fur
Wing Case: Pheasant Tail
Legs: Pheasant Tail

Pick the marabou out from between the wraps of wire to imitate the gills.



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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 09:22PM »
Great ties Tim!!! Man the Specs are in deep deep trouble!

Another Nymph I had great success with in the past couple years:

The 20 Incher
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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 06:10PM »
Black quills are the first mayfly hatch of the year and the water is still quite cold, so duns hatch through the warmest part of the day.  I like fishing a black quill hatch along the down wind side of an island or point, where the wind blows sluggish duns out into deep water and waiting trout.








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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #18 on: November 13, 07:02AM »
Top knotch pics Tim!
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Re: Black Quill
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 01:41PM »
Thanks Robbie

Here are my two favorite Black Quill Patterns. 

Hairwing Black Quill



Klink Black Quill



This third pattern is one that I played with this spring.  I missed most of the hatch so I'm still not sure if this pattern will fish as well as the two above.