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    Default Black quill, blue quill or BWO?

    I didn't think it was a BWO but the Quills never hatch this early either. These were hatching pretty decent today.


    Last edited by alt1001; 02-03-2014 at 04:07 PM.

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    Default Re: Black quill, blue quill or BWO?

    Agree that its too early for the Blue Quills....based on the size and appearance I would think it is a BWO...tough to tell from the perspective. Inspired me to tie some quills for the upcoming spring in the smokies.

    Nevertheless, great picture

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    Default Re: Black quill, blue quill or BWO?

    Around here Blue Quills are always the first mayfly hatch of the season, but the water temperature has to be well into the 40s.
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    Default Re: Black quill, blue quill or BWO?

    I wouldn't spend much time trying to identify the species of fly but would tie on a blue quill and have at it

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    Default Re: Black quill, blue quill or BWO?

    Asked a friend of mine who I would say might be the smartest fly fisherman I know and this was his response.

    "That's a quill. If the body is alternating black and grey it's a blue quill. If there is brown in the body it's a quill Gordon"

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    Default Re: Black quill, blue quill or BWO?

    little olive quill or in some cases a B.W.O.
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