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Troutman
06-19-2009, 07:40 PM
Just wondered what this mayfly is? It landed on my truck this afternoon after I stopped for gas on my way home from work. Its about a half mile to the river (as the crow flies), from this station. Is this a green drake? It was about 1.5 to 2 inches long.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/SD531307-1.jpg

Hugh Hartsell
06-19-2009, 07:58 PM
Troutman,
That sure looks like a Yellow Drake. Let's see what others say. Here it is tied as seen on Camp Creek several years ago. http://www.smokymountainflyguide.com/images/dryflies/Camp%20Creek%20Golden%20Drake.jpg (http://www.smokymountainflyguide.com/images/dryflies/Camp%20Creek%20Golden%20Drake.jpg)
Hugh

tennswede
06-19-2009, 08:14 PM
Looks like Yellow Drake, saw one on Deep Creek a couple of weeks ago.

Tarheelflyfishing
06-19-2009, 08:37 PM
It looks like a Hex (Hexagenia Limbata)..I don't know for sure though.

Just my 2 cents

silvercreek
06-19-2009, 08:56 PM
I think tarhillflyfishing is right. According to my trusty Instant Mayfly Identification Guide, it is a Hex of some type.

Tarheelflyfishing
06-19-2009, 09:05 PM
I think tarhillflyfishing is right. According to my trusty Instant Mayfly Identification Guide, it is a Hex of some type.

What do I win? :biggrin:

Troutman
06-19-2009, 09:23 PM
Yellow drake or Hex sounds good. Heres a couple more picts for size reference.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/SD531312.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/SD531315.jpg

silvercreek
06-20-2009, 08:06 AM
From the two tails, veins in the wing, the size of the hind wing and size of the bug, I'm sticking with the Hex, but the color is a little weird. I notice he is dwon to one tail now. Did he ever have 3 tails?

No Hackle
06-20-2009, 10:30 AM
I go with Hex for sure their really good with BBQ sauce.
No Hackle><>

flyman
06-20-2009, 10:35 AM
Ephemera varia "Yellow Drake" has 3 tails and the spinner will have some dark markings on the wings.
http://www.thomasames.com/insects/mayfly/evaria.htm (http://www.thomasames.com/insects/mayfly/evaria.htm)
This mayfly spinner appears to only have two tails and clear wings. I think the genus is Hexagenia but I'm not sure about the species. It could be limbata or it could be another like rigida. Identification to the species level is beyond my ability most times. This fly is a perfect example of why the scientific types avoid common names. The 2 flies look almost exactly alike in the dun stage and I can see how they could both be called yellow drakes.

http://www.thomasames.com/insects/mayfly/hexdunf.htm (http://www.thomasames.com/insects/mayfly/hexdunf.htm)

I do know this though, I'll take Hugh's imitation and catch some fish :biggrin:

waterwolf
06-22-2009, 08:10 AM
It is a willow fly, hex, or whatever else you wish to call them. They hatch on the lakes in this area this time of year, and the duns are sometimes that color.

Troutman
06-22-2009, 10:45 AM
I seem to remember that the Creel used to sell a Hex mayfly imitation.
If I could ever get back on the FB in between the generations and muddy inflow from the Lil pig., it might be some decent carp fodder in the evenings along the scum lines. :rolleyes:

kytroutman
06-22-2009, 11:22 AM
waterwolf, is this the same as the stonefly Chloroperla viridis, what is also called a Yellow Sally?

waterwolf
06-22-2009, 02:55 PM
waterwolf, is this the same as the stonefly Chloroperla viridis, what is also called a Yellow Sally?


No, it is a mayfly, not a stonefly.

kytroutman
06-22-2009, 03:18 PM
Thanks waterwolf. I guess it's all regional. The fly I noted is actually a stonefly, which out west (Rio Grande) is called a Willow Fly.

tennswede
06-22-2009, 03:24 PM
kytroutman,

Wilow fly is Yellow Sally, aka Little Yellow Stone, However, in the south some call the Hex, yellow drake etc for Willow fly. You are right though, most everywhere else, when someone is talking about Willow fly they mean a stone fly, but not in this particular case. Confusing to say the least.

kytroutman
06-22-2009, 03:35 PM
Thanks Hans. I have seen them in Europe where they were called a Willow Fly and in some cases, a Golden Stonefly, like out West.