Green Drake patterns

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  1. Randall Clark

    Randall Clark Active Member

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    Curious as to what you prefer in Green Drake patterns. Have any of you tied the in a similar way as Clark's Stones, but with a more vertical to forward pointing wing? I tied up a few (I'll try to get a photo up today or tomorrow). Basically, olive mixed with brown Antron for the body, a grayish hackle, and a forward pointing wing for more of a cripple pattern. Anyone else gone away from what you typically see? I've tried this with Hex patterns and they worked very well. It's all in an effort to simplify my tying, yet have the fly remain effective.

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    I just used calf tail since it floats well and it's more for silhouette, plus, it's just so damn buggy. I'm also thinking I should probably throw a couple of hackle wraps in front of the wing (and move it back a touch)...although I'm not really sure if the fish will care...

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  3. Kelly Michelsen

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    It looks buggy and in areas of high pressure were the fish
    See a lot of bugs or flies being presented it would be great,
    I would give it a try it on your favorite water, It looks good!
    Kelly Michelsem
     
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    Last summer I sort of "discovered" the lesser green drake (Drunella flavilinia, or "flav"). It is similar in appearance to the larger green drake but smaller (about a size 14). I found that olive dyed turkey biots work well for the body, giving an olive and yellow banded appearance very like the natural. Flavs hatch over a long period (August-October) in many western Washington rivers; sea-run cutthroat love 'em.
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    The Green Drake dry fly pattern that works for me is a size 8, olive Compara Dun. I've tried many others to no avail.

    I'd probably work on experimental patterns to try for the Green Drake hatch but I've only ran into significant hatches on The Metolius and they don't last all that long.
     
  6. Richard Olmstead

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    I love fishing green drake hatches, but, like Gene, I've only encountered pretty short-lived hatches. However, I've found that green drake patterns tend to continue to work well on those waters after the hatch is over, perhaps because the search image gives lots of positive reinforcement for the fish when they are on.

    I use A.K. Best's Henry's Fork Green Drake parachute, or a variant thereof:
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    I also tie a soft-hackle green drake:
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    Dick
     
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    Those are both really nice.

    On the parachute, what is the green ribbing material? And, is that peacock on the thorax?
     
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    Thanks, Jim. On the parachute, the abdomen is a green synthetic dubbing (brighter than the picture shows) and the ribbing is a reddish-brown floss. The thorax is just a darker green dubbing; peacock would probably work well, too.

    Dick
     
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    Thanks! I see now, that the floss just makes the dubbing pop. Very nicely tied.
     
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    Okay... I'll play now. :)

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    Dredging up an old thread because I am looking at a stream in the near future that I found quite a few drunella grandis nymphs in last may. I have a damn effective pattern for the nymphs, thanks to Jim Speaker for his CDC Cedar "stone". Looking for good dry patterns. Something that will float really well.
     
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    Gary, if you're looking for a pattern that floats well in rough water, I can think of no better a fly than the Bunse Green Drake.

    The pattern has too many steps for my liking but I know Richard and he swears by the thing ... especially for The Metolius downstream from Bridge 99 where the water is very rough. He designed the pattern for that section of the river.

    http://www.flyanglersonline.com/flytying/fotw/011000fotw.php
     
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    Carnage Paradrake; floats all day long, fish have eaten them
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    Scott
     
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    I stuggle with managing foam, just haven't tied with it enough. I'll give it a shot. I just remembered the Lochsa Special from last year, I had success with that on a river without any evidence on green drakes right at dusk. I tied it on because it was the only thing in my box I could see at a distance.
     
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    I've watched Bunse tie his pattern and it is far too complex for me. Granted, you end up with a very durable pattern similar to a foam bass bug but you can always lose the thing to a tree or broken tippet and it really goes against my philosophy of tying simple trout patterns.

    Of course they don't float as well but instead of using foam for my compara-dun pattern, I use olive poly yarn for the body on a size 8, dry fly hook. It floats well enough for me and doesn't take 11 steps to tie. Plus, it does catch trout.

    Now... I've also found another pattern that works when the fish are looking up for large patterns during green drake hatches and my compara-dun is not fooling trout... a Royal Wulff in a similar size to the natural bug will sometimes work just as well or better than a genuine green drake pattern. This is especially true on the Metolius.
     
  16. dryflylarry

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    Nice. I got caught with my pants down year before last without these in my box! It happened at dusk. So, I tied some up for the next evening, and
    wouldn't you know, the hatch didn't happen!
     
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    Larry's Green Drake won 1st Place in our club's tying contest this year. They're elegant. He should post a couple of pics..... Just suggest'n......
     
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    Where were you?

    Post a picture of it
     
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    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Well, sorry, but I don't have a photo of it. It was nothing special at all, just a parachute. I was in Idaho where I got caught with my pants down. It was similar to Richard's parachute, but with yellow ribbing and dark tail.
     
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    Like to be in Idaho during Drake hatch
     

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