I think I finally perfected the Eastern Shore Mayfly, also known as the Black Quill. To "match the hatch", I used this recipe:
Hook - #14 Mustad dry
Tail - dark grey dun
Body - stripped peacock herl, lacquered
Wing - drake Wood Duck flank, split
Hackle - Whiting Pro Grade dark grey dun
Thread - 8
The Black Quill is the first mayfly hatch in Nova Scotia each spring. It is also our best known mayfly. This in part is due to the fact that it is one of the few mayflies in Nova Scotia that hatch in both river and lake environments. Pictured below is the black quill nymph. It is classified...