Western Ginger Quill
The Western Ginger Quills nymphs, like many mayflies, usually emerge just beneath the
surface skim. Since these mayflies hatch during the warmer times of the season, they
usually don't stay on the water very long. It is possible some may hatch after the air
temperatures have begin to cool down but it is not probable. This means most of the time
the duns are not going to stay on the water very long and this means the emerger may
well be the better choice.
Our Perfect Fly emerger fly patterns, the emerger and the emerger with a trailing shuck,
with wings made of CDC feathers allow the fly to float just under the skim. The plain
emerger usually works great for this mayfly. So does the trailing shuck version that
imitates the emerging dun with the nymphal shuck still attached.
Imitations of the emerging nymphs can be fished in the surface skim in the
slower moving water adjacent to the riffles and runs of the stream. If the water is rather
smooth, the down and across, dead-drift method works best for this. If you are fishing
pocket water then we suggest an up or up and across presentation that allows the fly
to drift along the current seams. Most of the time these mayflies are found in fast moving
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