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    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.


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    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
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    Looks like Yellow Drake, saw one on Deep Creek a couple of weeks ago.

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    It looks like a Hex (Hexagenia Limbata)..I don't know for sure though.

    Just my 2 cents

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    I think tarhillflyfishing is right. According to my trusty Instant Mayfly Identification Guide, it is a Hex of some type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvercreek View Post
    I think tarhillflyfishing is right. According to my trusty Instant Mayfly Identification Guide, it is a Hex of some type.
    What do I win?

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    Yellow drake or Hex sounds good. Heres a couple more picts for size reference.




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    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?

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    I go with Hex for sure their really good with BBQ sauce.
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    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
    Last edited by flyman; 06-20-2009 at 10:47 AM. Reason: 42
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