Deep Dish Green Drake Nymph

Curtis Fry - January, 2016

I remember the first time I ever saw a Green Drake nymph while seining a local small stream. I thought, based on the juicy plumpness of the bug, any self-respecting trout would treat it like a comparable Porterhouse steak. Turns out, that's not too far from the truth, so I like to come to the river armed with a few beefy drake patterns to imitate these obese nymphs. Before jumping into the tying part, it's good to understand what we're dealing with here. Cheech calls this #nerdalert. I call it getting to know what to feed the fish. The Green Drake or Western Green Drake is part of the Ephemerellidae family and is an oft-pursued "destination" hatch on many waters in the West, including the famed Henry's Fork in Idaho. Like their cousins, the more common Pale Morning Dun (PMD), Drakes are crawlers, which account for the super-buff Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque legs. You'll also find another smaller Drake species in the Drunella genus, commonly known as Flavs or Lesser Green Drakes. They too can be imitated along the same lines here and this pattern was designed to handle both. Simply adjusting the size up or down will cover the bases on both bugs. Deep Dish Green Drake With any pattern, there's always a balance of tying difficulty, imitation and usefulness. So I usually decide, mostly through trial and error, what constitutes a must-have feature on a fly based on these three aspects. With the Deep Dish, it's a bit more involved than say the piece-of-cake Dubbing Emerger which could be turned into a drake by simply varying colors, but isn't so crazy that you're having to tie in three sets of perfectly matching legs. But all in all, this is actually a fun pattern to tie and it's really not too difficult. Give it a try. We've also included a couple of variations to handle darker or lighter nymphs. I normally carry a darker version because the nymphs are often very dark green, bordering black. So it's good to have both flavors here....

Material List
  • Hook: Daiichi 1530 - Heavy Wet Fly Hook - 12
  • Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Peacock Green
  • Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .020
  • Bead: Nymph-Head Evolution Mayfly Clinger & Crawler Tungsten Beadheads - Olive - Small
  • Tail/Body: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Olive
  • Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Olive - Small
  • Thorax: Hare'e Ice Dub - Olive Brown
  • Legs: Premium Partridge Feathers - Olive
  • Wing Case: Thin Skin - Brown
  • Black Stripe: UNI Mylar Double-Sided Tinsel - Peacock/Orange - Size 16 (1/64")
  • Tools Used: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Small

$1.75
Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails
Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

$4.99
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

$2.99
Lead Wire Spool
Lead Wire Spool

Lead Wire Spool

$3.99
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin

Thin Skin

$2.45
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

$17.99
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub

Hare'e Ice Dub

$2.99
UNI Mylar Double-Sided Tinsel
UNI Mylar Double-Sided Tinsel

UNI Mylar Double-Sided Tinsel

$2.25
Daiichi 1530 - Heavy Wet Fly Hook
Daiichi 1530 - Heavy Wet Fly Hook

Daiichi 1530 - Heavy Wet Fly Hook

$6.25
Premium Partridge Feathers
Premium Partridge Feathers

Premium Partridge Feathers

$5.99