Monday, July 27, 2015

Chasing the Green Drake hatch

Nothing defines being a dry fly fanatic like the quest for the Green Drake.   These huge mayflies make the trout go wild, and it is some of the best fly fishing of the year.   I received information from trusted sources that the Drakes were hatching on the Poudre, and my friend Dave and I decided to race up the hill to cast some size 8 dry flies.

We found a nice stretch of water, and had some great weather.   Although the Drake hatch was not a full blown hatch, the trout were definitely looking up.   We both enjoyed catching some nice fish while enjoying a great day on the stream.   Check you local rivers for this hatch, you won't be disappointed!

Tips for fishing the Green Drake:

  • Consider using a heavier tippet like a 4x.   It will help you cast a big pattern, especially if there is any wind
  • Don't be afraid to fish a Green Drake pattern even if you don't see a lot of them on the water yet.   Much like a grasshopper pattern, the Drake can be an attractor pattern that causes a trout to grab a tasty meal even if it is not rising at the time.
  • Fish all the nice dry fly pocket water you like, but don't forget the riffles.   Trout love to try and snatch a big prize like a Drake as it races past in the white water.