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cockeye valdez 09-17-2012 10:16 AM

Green Drakes
I fished Saturday morning, had a midge hatch and then caught a bug that looked like a green drake. Maybe an #18, trout were not taking them strong but were sipping them under the film.
Anyone see these bugs ? Am I correct, are they green Drakes ?

waterwolf 09-17-2012 11:18 AM

Hard to imagine a size 18 looking likeany Drake I have ever seen. Drakes are large bugs.

fourx 09-17-2012 03:31 PM

If it had an olive body and slate grey wings, the size sounds like a blue wing olive. It would be an oddity to see these in any numbers on the Clinch (unfortunately).


cockeye valdez 09-18-2012 09:06 AM

perhaps but
fourx, I have seen b.w.o.s and this was similar but different in that the thorax was much thiner and darker and the legs similar to a water bug. When I first saw them coming off I thought the same but when I caught one, I didn't think so. I don't carry a camera and have drowned my cel phone twice this summer so taking a pic with it was not possible.
I saw a pic last week on the message board but cannot find it. thanks for offering, you maybe correct.

Flat Fly n 09-18-2012 02:37 PM

There is a small cranefly hatching on the Clinch right now. It doesn't sit still like a mayfly on the surface, but skims it. It doesn't bounce around like a caddis does either. Does this sound like what you saw?

cockeye valdez 09-18-2012 03:17 PM

you're a genius, that is exactly what it was. You're also correct in that they just skitter on the top. Trout were sipping in the film not taking them on top. I caught a very nice fish on a split case emerger, I wonder if they were taking crane flies as they emerged or something else.

I don't see that as a easy tie ?

fourx 09-18-2012 03:22 PM

Dang Phil! You are a genius.
Leaving for Silver Creek, etc. sat., we need an entomologist!


Flat Fly n 09-18-2012 06:12 PM

How about a #18 deer hair or cdc gray caddis? Fake it if you can't join 'em! If dead drift doesn't work, skid it over the surface in short strips.

Stay thirsty my friends!

Flat Fly n 09-18-2012 06:15 PM


Originally Posted by fourx (Post 103236)
Dang Phil! You are a genius.
Leaving for Silver Creek, etc. sat., we need an entomologist!


Have a great time! I wouldn't go back out there unless I had ten pounds of Valium with me! Toughest place I have ever fished! Beautiful however!

The sign in at Silver Creek.

Flat Fly n 09-18-2012 07:21 PM

My new fly.....
The Cockeyed Valdez! Just for you! HA! Seriously, many CDC patterns out there or a small gray deer hair caddis should work.

I screwed the head up a bit but I used 240 Denier thread because i am tying saltwater stuff tonight so I didn't go 6/0 and just happened to have an #18 2488H TMC hook sitting around.

I even threw in some legs for you.... I would use a lighter dun CDC but I am running dry from the sulphur season.... Thread body is all you need.

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