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Re: Big slate drakes

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JackM wrote:
As long as a "slate drake" pattern work for the Hex hatch and vice versa, who cares?


Two totally different patterns I think. If you look at a Hex they really don't look anything like an Isonychia.

Pcray, while it's true that most Iso nymphs do typically crawl onto rocks to emerge within the water column in the deeper runs in many streams and rivers. A few friends & I fish Slate Drake emerger & dun patterns during the hatch with great success in these streams.

The only place I've ever heard of Hexes called Big Slate Drakes was in Weamer's book. The Hex hatch is a big hatch in many parts of New England and I don't think they call them Big Slate Drakes (of course I believe the term Slate Drake used for the Isonychia mayfly was originally local to PA. Outside of our area they've mostly just been called Isos.)

Posted on: 2013/6/21 10:48
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Re: Big slate drakes

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The hex in question (atrocaudata) looks pretty different from the hexes that most people are familiar with (limbata). They really don't look anything like slate drakes, either. They're way bigger and look completely different. My best guess is that this name has something to do with the timing of the emergence, since isos are a bug people might actually be expecting to see at that time.

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I've seen these most years on penns. It's typical to see a few duns during the day not usually in large numbers. Given summer water temps, it's probably a hard hatch to chase if you don't live in the area. Even if you did manage to hit a spinnerfall in the pitch dark, the fishing might be miserable if the water temperatures are up.

The name "big slate drake" is definitely something that others use to refer to this mayfly:

http://www.troutnut.com/common-name/64/Big-Slate-Drakes

Posted on: 2013/6/21 13:52


Re: Big slate drakes

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Oh, I missed an obvious thing. The spinners actually do look a lot like big slate drake spinners. That's probably why they call them that... I'm an idiot.

Posted on: 2013/6/21 13:56


Re: Big slate drakes

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I've seen big hexes just at dark on the Lil Lehi - was never sure if the trouts were working on the spinners or duns, since I never managed a hookup. But it was exciting.

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Posted on: 2013/6/21 21:57
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