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Troutman 06-19-2009 07:40 PM

large mayflies on the French Broad
 
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/l1...SD531307-1.jpg

Hugh Hartsell 06-19-2009 07:58 PM

mayfly
 
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
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

Quote:

Originally Posted by silvercreek (Post 68467)
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/l1...n/SD531312.jpg

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l1...n/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
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

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


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