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Default Mayfly Drake Fly Swap

In many areas the hatches of big honking mayflies known as "drakes" are much anticipated. Some of these mayflies hatch in huge numbers over a wide range in their regions. Others are much more localized and more of a hit or miss thing.

Flie sof rthis swap can be nymphs emergers, duns or spinners-- whatever you have found to be most effective. The large size of the naturals have led to many creative patterns including wiggle-nymphs, and extended bodies-- so let your creative jusices flow.

Both traditional materials or new-fangled stuff like foam and other synthetics are fair game.

Because common names can be confusing and often differ widely for the same critter, I've attempted to include scientific names too here.

Mayflies commonly referred to as "Drakes" are typically at least a size 12 and some much larger     
Common Name Scientific name East Midwest West
(Eastern) Green Drakes (for the dun) and the Coffin Fly (for the spinner) Ephemera guttulata X  
Western Green Drakes Drunella grandis X
Dark Green Drake Litobrancha recurvata X X
Brown Drakes Ephemera simulans X X X
Gray Drake Siphlonurus quebecensis X X  
Gray Drake Siphlonurus occidentalis X
Yellow Drake Ephemera varia X X
Green Drake Hexagenia rigida X X  
Golden Drake Anthropotamanthus distinctus X  
Big Slate Drake Hexagenia atrocaudata X X  
Other mayflies also sometimes called "drakes" are eligible too     
Lesser Green Drake Drunella flavlinea X
Slate Drake Isonychia sp. X X X


Due Date June 1, 2012

Limited to 13 swappers-- tie up 12 flies and get 12 back (1 fly from each of the other swappers)

1. s fontinalis- Eastern Green Drake Cripple
2. gatortransplant AJ"s Svenska Fluga
3. Fire Instructor- Elk Hair Brown Drake and Dryer Sheet Drakes RECEIVED
4. Hooked1- Black Drake RECEIVED
5. Watson - AP Nymph RECEIVED
6. logic factory- Drake Emerger
7. famill00 - Clouser Green Drake RECEIVED
8. Liphookedau - Cream Mayfly RECEIVED
9. Popperfly - Green Drake Emerger RECEIVED
10. Tamster321 - Slate Drake RECEIVED
11. Danielp - Ephemera danica (a European drake mayfly similar to our eastern green drakes)12.
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