Green Drake Paradrake

Created by Carl Richards and Doug Swisher


Use to imitate the dun stage of green drake mayflies when they are hatching.


There are four common green drake species in Western rivers: Drunella grandis, D. doddsi, D. flavilinea, D. coloradensis. The first two are usually lumped together as "green drakes" while the latter two are often referred to as "flavs" and "slate-winged olives" respectively. Different sizes of flies are needed.

In brown colors, this pattern can also be used to match the dun stage of the brown drake mayfly.

How to Fish

Dress the fly with floatant and use standard dry fly presentations.

Paradrake-style flies have a certain elegance that is in keeping with the stately manner of the green drake hatch, and that should give a clue as to how to fish the hatch. Duns come off in slow-to-moderate currents and drift a long ways before lifting off. Because the hatch is seldom massive, and because the trout have a long time to take a dun, it is very easy to put the fish down by casting blindly. Wait patiently until you see a trout take a natural insect. Once it has revealed its lie, cast to it. I know one angler who fishes the hatch on the Metolius. He can be heard muttering "Show yourselves! Show yourselves!" as a big drake or two drifts on the crystaline waters.

HOOK: 900BL, sizes 8-12


WING: Back or dark gray elk hair. Wing should appear wide from side, narrow from front.

TAIL: Moose hair

BODY: Olive elk hair. Tie in front of wing with hairs facing forward, and wrap up to hook eye. Then pull hair back along hook shank to make an extended body. Wrap with thread from head to tail.

HACKLE: Olive-dyed grizzly tied parachute style