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Tyler Legg
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
(TroutNut.com photo taken by Jason Neuswanger) If you see one of these guys, tie on a #14 quill gordon and have at it!!

The most anticipated and first major hatch of March is finally here: the quill gordons. Water temperatures have increased, triggering the quill gordons to hatch. They basically look like drunk pterodactyls, as they clumsily flutter around. Have some QG patterns in your box. With that being said, you probably won't find spectacular dry fly fishing due to the sporadic hatches. Quill gordons won't hatch out by the millions like caddis do, so it's unlikely that the trout will engage in a feeding frenzy. Still, tossing a #14 quill gordon to patiently waiting and hungry trout, will definitely get their attention. If you see a few QG's coming off of the water, tie on a quill gordon wet and swing it through a run on a wet fly swing. 9 times out of 10, trout will often take your wet fly when you start pulling it towards the surface. It's almost as if they would rather take the challenge of chasing it to the surface before it gets away. Fishing right now is definitely more interesting than the plain months of the winter!!


Bill Trussell said...

Hi Tyler
I am a follower of your blog. I really enjoy reading your posts and all of your suggestions on fly fishing. I have used the Quail Gordon on the Caney in Tennessee with great success. My wife and I will be coming to NC. in the summer---the Ashville area--what would you consider the best trout steam in that vicinity? Thanks Bill

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...


Glad you like the blog!! Thanks for the kind words!!

The Davidson River is probably the most popular trout stream around Asheville (one of the most popular streams in NC as well). Fly anglers flock to the catch and release section of the Davidson where large trout lurk beneath the surface. It's a technical trout fishery, but it's well worth the time and effort. If you enjoy fishing midges and tiny flies on tailwaters, you'll definitely love the Davidson.

By mid-late June, delayed harvest streams (ie the Mills River DH, Tuckasegee River DH, Nantahala DH, etc) are usually wiped clean of fish with the opening of Hatchery Supported waters.

The Smokies are another excellent choice. They're not too far from the Asheville area and offer some of the best wild trout fishing in NC.

With that being said, the Davidson River is probably the best choice.


Bill Trussell said...

Thanks that is the one we will go with. Bill

troutrageous1 said...

Tyler, saw you stopped by my blog (Troutrageous!) and became a follower. I'm returning the favor and am adding your blog to my blogroll.

Enjoying reading your blog so far, lot's of good stuff. We're getting dumped on rain this weekend so most of the streams are going to be washed out...if it's a bit dryer down in your neck of the woods, good luck with the QG hatch!

- Mike

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...


Thanks man for stopping by!!

The name of your blog is sweet!! I would have never thought of it. Great job on your blog!

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