Friday, June 29, 2012

green drakes & wishful thinking

The summer road trip to Montana has been booked, we hit the road August 18th. One of the best parts of planning a Montana trip is tying the flies that you don't normally get to tie for Midwest fly fishing, of course, whatever I tie will likely not come off while I'm there and I'll end up spending just as much money in fly shops as I would had I not planned ahead.
Regardless, I'm starting with some Green Drakes, a fabled hatch that I have never seen first hand, and won't again this year. The massive size 10 drakes are supposed to bring even the wariest of old sage trout to the surface for a meal, but the hatch will peter off a bit before I arrive, so I'm tying up some size fourteens in hopes that I catch the tail end of the frenzy when the trout are still keen on the smaller flies that come off after the main act has left the stage.

Hook: Tiemco 100 size 14 
Thread: Olive 8/0 
Tail & Hackle: Grizzly hackle dyed olive 
Body: Stripped peacock herl dyed yellow 
Wing: Medium dun.