Tail: Moose Mane, 3 hairs black. Rib: Tying thread. Hackle: Grizzly. Tying the Green Drake, extended body 1.
Extended Body Brown Drake
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Notes: The Paradrake pattern, also known as a Paradun, is an extended hair-body that was developed by Carl Richards and Doug Swisher in Richards and Swisher used hen hackle for the wing posts on smaller flies but suggested Deer or Elk Hair for the wing posts on larger mayfly patterns such as the Drakes. The hair body was secured with the butt sections just behind the eye of the hook and the tips extending over the bend of the hook, wrapped as an extended body. Mike Lawson brought the Paradrake pattern to it's current form with the addition of a Bullethead where he attached the butts with the tips facing forward, then pulled the tips back over the butts for a "bullethead". Mike also popularized the pattern as it was perfect for the large Green Drake hatches on the Henry's Fork.
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Sometime in June in northern Wisconsin as the daylight begins to fade big brownish mayfly nymphs will begin to crawl out of the silt and muck and wiggle their way to the surface. These nymphs are the brown drake Ephemera simulans and can be found in many of the northern Wisconsin trout streams. For the brown drake nymph pattern I prefer to use a curved hook and a dubbing loop to make the abdomen more fluffy like the natural's gill plates.
Realistic Extended Mayfly Bodies are genuine replicas of real adult mayfly body in shape, size, weight and appearance. Extended, tapered and curved, ending in a long, thin tail. The printing, coloring and details are authentic-looking. They are sturdy and durable. Ready-made and simple to tie using thread. They can be used as is or cut to suit your specific pattern.