This is a simple and yet very effective pattern when those big iconic Green Drake Mayflies are on the water and the fish are on the hunt for a large / easy meal.
For me in Scotland the best time for this is generally around the Wimbledon fortnight, especially on the big waters over in Assynt on the North West coast and I love hunting these waters with big flies in search of surface feeding wild trout.
Tying the fly the way I’ve done here gives an excellent semi-submerged profile representative of an insect struggling to break free and this half in half out style certainly helps the fish to pick it out amongst the naturals.
Generally I’ll fish with a team of two dries when fishing this way keeping them the full width of my arms apart and heavily ‘Ginked’ so they will float freely, with the best tactic is to keep the flies as static as possible whilst all the time scanning the water for signs of feeding fish. Alternatively I also like to let them ‘dibble’ the surface in a big wind / wave using the ‘short line’ tactic bouncing the flies through or across the wave tips and troughs which generally results in the most aggressive and spectacular of takes.
Very occasionally up here we also get the chance to fish for Green rake feeding fish on running water in the interconnecting or feeding streams to those same lochs and sport can be equally as exciting especially following heavy rain with these burns running in full spate which draws the trout into them.
Scaled right down this tying also works as an emerging olive pattern effective on both running and still water, the difference here is a change of tail material from the Golden Pheasant crest to micro-fibbets and I also alter the deer hair colour to natural as I think it represents the natural better.
Hook; Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph Heavy size 8 or 10 (big hook for a big insect, remember it’ll also need a lot of floatant)
Thread; Uni 8/0 light olive
Tail; Golden Pheasant crest coloured with pantone pen and sealed with UV varnish
Body; Light olive rabbit fur dubbed ligtly
Rib; Tying thread
Wing; Meduim olive dyed deer hair (Short Fine Deer Hair from Wapsi best)
Throax; Meduim olive hares ear fur with a mix of spiky guard hairs and a pinch of Olive Glister mixed through, dubbed medium heavy and well picked out
Step 1 colour the GP crest to suit
Step 2 Seal tail colour using UV varnish
Step 2.1 Favoured colours of tail from left to right brown, olive, yellow and natural
Step 3 Place hook in vice and catch in thread running it around quarter way down from eye ready for wing
Step 4 Cut some deer hair tight to the skin
Step 5 Line up tips in stacker
Step 6 Place deer hair wing facing forward to top of hook projecting approx. 5mm past the hook eye
Step 7 Secure the deer hair and trim on a steep angle
Step 8 Secure deer hair ends with thread to form tapered body
Step 9 Catch in the tail and complete tapered body returning thread to the base of wing
Step 10 Form dubbing 'rope',
Step 11 Dub down and rib up using tying thread
Step 12 Wind thread tight below deer hair wing
Step 13 Form thorax dub with hares ear mask and guard hair with a pinch of Olive Glister mixed through
Step 14 Form thorax and tie off thread.
Step 15 Last stage, brush thorax well out and up into wing