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Re: Green drake wet/soft hackle?

2006/9/9 20:09
From Harrisburg
Posts: 54
Dear Broad-Top,

Try a brace of Carey Specials strip retrieved like RLP suggests.

Green Drake nymphs are strong swimmers.

A short note on the Young Woman's Creek that RLP remembers. It was one of, if not "the" finest wild trout stream in PA not located in a limestone belt circa 1987 or so.

It's now a shadow of it's former self.


Tim Murphy


Tim Murphy

Posted on: 2013/5/26 16:46
"Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel, and they tortured the timber and stripped all the land. Well they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken, then they wrote it all down as the progress of man."

Re: Green drake wet/soft hackle?

2009/12/17 20:43
From Souderton PA
Posts: 0

RLeeP wrote:
That Bashline thing with the big Light Cahill wets may have (probably did) come from Art Flick's little hatch book, the name of which escapes me at present. Flick recommended fishing a large Light Cahill wet tied on a 1XL or 2XL hook (IIRC). I think he recommended the fly be strip retrieved. I once tried this during a flush Drake Hatch on Young Womans and it worked like a charm. Boom Boom Boom. One fish after another. Then, just as a control, I switched to a loud streamer like a Mickey Finn or a bright yellow marabou. Boom Boom Boom. One fish after another.

Then I went back to fishing on top to risers with a #14 elk hair caddis.

I decided my findings on the efficacy of a large Light Cahill wet during the Green Drake hatch were inconclusive...

I just read Art Flick's Stream side guide this winter, and remember the green drake nymph description to be one of the more enjoyable parts of the book. He tried to catch a nymph for his illustrator, but could not mange to get one. He finally came to the conclusion that the nymphs were cracking their cases on the bottom and then swimming rapidly to the surface to emerge very quickly. Eventually he managed to catch one and apply pressure to stop the emergence and provide a specimen for his illustrator. He states that this behavior combined with the nymphs very fast swimming speed explain why imitations are not very useful, and for that reason he did not provide a pattern for the green drake nymph.
I'm not trying to argue with success, just pointing out a bit of interesting history and possible insight on the nymphs behavior.

Posted on: 2013/5/29 21:01
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Re: Green drake wet/soft hackle?

2006/9/18 16:54
From Oxford, Chester Co. and Reedsville, Mifflin Co. PA
Posts: 100
I have not tried this pattern yet, but I tied up a few Green Drake soft hackles recently.

hook: TMC 200R size 12
Thread: Pearsalls Gossamer Silk- Chestnut
tail: pheasant tail fibers
abdomen: Orvis Spectrablend -Light Cahill dubbing
rib: Uni-Stretch - Brown
thorax: Olive Hares Ear dubbing
Hackle: Olive hen hackle

Making a trip to Penns Cr on Sunday and hope I don't miss the hatch.

Posted on: 2013/5/31 14:03

Re: Green drake wet/soft hackle?

2011/7/2 10:55
Posts: 0
Let us know how your pattern fishes!

Posted on: 2013/5/31 16:53

Re: Green drake wet/soft hackle?

2012/10/24 19:22
From Landenberg, PA
Posts: 418
my word that is an enormous brown trout !

Posted on: 2013/6/1 21:54
nowhere is so sweet, as the bosom of the vale where the bright waters meet.

Re: Green drake wet/soft hackle?

2006/9/13 22:36
From Tioga co. formerly of bucks co.
Posts: 355
I like this; honey---honey bug
peacock ice
brown hackle
have added a tail since I tied this.

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Posted on: 2013/6/3 5:57

So many Fish, So little time !!!
from the outer edge of nowhere
fly tying and fishing ghillie..

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