Pale Evening Dun

Other Common Names: PED
Scientific Name: genus Heptagenia

Pale evening duns are clinger-type mayflies, so the nymphs inhabit moderate to fast flows with rocky bottoms. They are seldom available to trout until the hatch season, which ranges from June through September, depending on the locale.

When nearing maturity the nymphs migrate towards quiet water near shore, and you can drift a nymph near the bottom in these areas. Fishing the dun during a hatch is usually more productive, however. Since trout in slow water near the bank are particularly wary, your casts need to be precise and targeted to individual fish.

Spinners are important. Mating swarms gather over riffles and fast runs, and females dip their abdomens in the water to release their eggs. Spent spinners are usually swept into backeddies and other places where the current gathers drifting debris, and these are often the best places to cast a spinner imitation.

Characteristics

NYMPH COLOR: Dark olive-brown, dark brown

DUN SIZE: 7-15 mm (1/4-5/8 in)

DUN COLOR: Wings--pale yellow. Body--pale cream to tan.

SPINNER SIZE: 7-15 mm (1/4-5/8 in)

SPINNER COLOR: Wings--clear. Body--pale cream to tan.

OTHER CHARACTERISTICS: Nymph--flattened; three tails; all gills are similar in size and shape. Dun and spinner--two tails; flat head.

 

More About Pale Evening Duns

Pale Evening Duns by Mike Schoby.

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STAGE PATTERN SIZE/
COLOR
PRESENTATION WHERE
Nymph Pheasant Tail 12-14
Olive-brown, brown
indicator, tight line, rising nymph, shallow nymph Bankwater
Hares Ear 12-14
Olive-brown, brown
indicator, tight line, rising nymph, shallow nymph Bankwater
Emerger Soft Hackle 12-14
Olive-brown, brown
surface swing Bankwater
Film Critic 12-14
Olive-brown, brown
surface swing Bankwater
Hackle Stacker 12-14
Olive-brown, brown
surface swing Bankwater
Dun Hairwing Dun 12-14
Cream
standard dry fly Bankwater
Comparadun 12-14
Cream
standard dry fly Bankwater
Sparkle Dun 12-14
Cream
standard dry fly Bankwater
Spinner Rusty Spinner 12-14
Light brown
standard dry fly Bankwater, backeddies