Your favourite Green Drake and Emerger?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Loopy, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Loopy

    Loopy Member

    A couple of more flies that I am looking forward to tying for my forthcoming trip to Montana. Looking to you for your favourite dressings to try and copy for my trip.

    Thanks for your help in advance.

  2. scottflycst

    scottflycst Active Member

    I love fishing the brown and green drake hatches of late summer and fall in the Northwest, some of our best mayfly fishing for sure.
    I have good luck on an olive hair-wing dun and a couple specialized soft hackles I whip up. Emergers fished in the film are usually the bomb during a surface hatch, I've fished an olive x-caddis in the film and done quite well too. Check out the mayfly emerger patterns Dave Hughes writes about, they're very effective. A size 12 is most common for our bugs.
  3. Loopy

    Loopy Member

    Thanks for the reply I'll have a look at Dave Hughes stuff.

  4. Grayone

    Grayone Fishin' to the end, Oc.P

  5. scottflycst

    scottflycst Active Member

    Very nice Dick!

    Sparkle duns bring me joy.
  6. Mike Ediger

    Mike Ediger Active Member

    :thumb: At one time, I had such great success with sparkle duns that it was my only mayfly dry pattern, tied in about 3-4 different colors.
    So I agree, sparkle duns bring me joy as well.
  7. Loopy

    Loopy Member

    Picked this up in Sweden last week at a fly fair thought that you may like to see it.........


  8. Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson Yakbowbw

    Very nice ties Richard.... impressive. The third, darker soft hackle is very fishy.
  9. Now THAT'S a nice fly - from the master himself!

  10. Loopy

    Loopy Member

    You may like to know that he advised me that he tyes the fly with a deliberately small tail in order to make it sit in the water 'easier'. He also explained that the wing on the naturals were larger but tying them smaller helped with the casting.

    I was a bit cheeky and went back to him when I found a book he had written from a book stall at the exhibition and got him to sign that - but 'Feck' it you only come this way once!

    He came across as a really nice guy and we laughed our heads off at our joint inability to work out echange rates between dollar, euro, krona and pound as I negotiated a price for the fly which ended up just over a dollar - but all good fun.

  11. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

  12. Philster

    Philster Active Member

    Take a glass pie plate. float your favorite green drake, and a similar style of adams (hackled, parachute, paradun, etc.) Let me know what you see from below.
  13. Loopy

    Loopy Member

    Thought I'd tie some of these GD's for a UK swap and share a pic.


  14. Denny

    Denny Active Member


    Tough to beat a parachute Adams, or a regular Adams with bottom hackle trimmed.

    I also second the recommendation for a hair wing dun. I'd suggest a comparadun and sparkle dun, but that's the brown or green drakes are big bugs and my experience with these types of hair wing flies at this size is they don't float that well . . .
  15. highstick

    highstick New Member

    what type of camera are you taking those photos with? Mine apparently sucks! I have some nice cripples sitting on my desk....

  16. I have a cheap point and shoot digital camera (Olympus) with a super-macro function that enables me to get close. I use lights on either side and slightly to the front to provide even lighting when viewed from the camera angle, and a piece of matte board in a neutral tone as a backdrop. There are lots of fancier ways to shoot flies, but, heck, they're just flies. As long as they are in focus and close enough to see some details, that's good enough for me.

  17. Loopy

    Loopy Member

    An old Canon Ixus 800IS using macro facility and twin lights same as Richard. Hope that helps.

  18. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

    I got caught with my pants down without a Flav imitation last fall.... never again!
  19. ignatius

    ignatius New Member

    Green Drake dries there are two pretty good ones Harrops CDC cripple and Jacklin's

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