Re: Need Brown Drake Patterns
We get some on the Delaware but it is a very much a hit or miss thing-- but you guys in the Midwest apparently have much more reliable BD hatches.
Most of the fish i've caught have been on nymphs just before dusk and on spinners from dusk till about 10 PM ( bring along a water proof flash light ion a lanyard to wear around your neck or a neck light so you can find your way back to the truck since the fishing can be great in the dark.
The nymphs are pretty active just before dusk in the slower, silty areas of the stream, so I'd carry a few of Eric's nymphs or something like these:
Brown Drake Nymph
Hook: Nymph hook 2xl size 10 and/or 3xl size 12
Tail: Dark Ginger wet hackle
Body: Light Yellow Brown
Ribbing: Olive Thread
Wingcase: Dark brown turkey
Legs: Dark Ginger wet hackle
For an Emerger, I use the same as above with a short tuft of medium dun snowshoe hare foot as a wing instead of a wingcase
I've had more luck with Spinners, but I usually carry some of these for the Duns:
Brown Drake Compara Dun (with tail, no shuck) or Sparkle dun (with shuck, no tail)
Hook: dry fly size 8-10 (Instead of standard dry fly size 8 and 10 I use a 2 extra long and 4 extra long size 12, these hooks will be lighter because of a lighter gauge wire and smaller gape)
Tail/Shuck: Dark Brown Mink or dry fly spade hackles or microfibbetts for a stiff split tail, or Pale Grayish Tan Antron for a shuck
Body: Medium Olive Brown
Wing: Brownish-Gray deer hair
Most of the surface action for me has been on spinners fished flush in the film, or wingless stuff like Variants (medium or darker hued ones like Ginger, Dun, or Gray Fox Variants) with over sized hackle skated around on the surface. As with Eastern Green Drake Spinners (often called Coffin Flies), you can often see clouds of spinners flying just above tree top level before sundown, with birds like swifts and swallows darting around after them. It's a good sign you'll have a heavy spinner fall that night.
Brown Drake Spinner
Hook: 2XL dry size 10
Tail: Brown Microfibbets, split
Body: Yellowish Tan Turkey Biot
Thorax: yellowish tan dubbing
Wing: White Antron tied spent marked with black waterproof marker to get a speckled wing, or 5-6 wraps of oversize (about size 8) grizzly hackle trimmed top and bottom to get spent "wings" instead of the Antron.