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. Realistic Extended Mayfly Bodies come as 6 bodies per bag. There is a wide range of colors, each carefully designed to mimic a specific species. These size recommendations are just estimates. You can go size up or down, depending on your hook style, if you are shortening the body, depending on the pattern and your style of tying.
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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. He kept a fish bowl filled with these patterns within his fly shop.
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. Click here for the Brown Drake hatch. The Partridge 15BN size 14 is a big hook, a similar hook size would be a Mustad size Mallard shoulder feathers have a thicker barbs which I like for these bigger nymphs. The burrowing brown drake nymphs have flared feathery gills along the sides of the abdomen, so a dubbing loop helps give a simialr effect to the nymph imitation. This is really similar to the nymph pattern except the mallard shoulder feather is wrapped all the way around the hook so it becomes a soft hackle pattern. The emerging brown drakes are flopping all over on the surface as they try to escape their nymphal shucks and dry their wings. Brown Drake Mayfly Patterns.
This Green Drake Extended Body pattern is a fantastic midseason pattern and can be fished in the later part of May on into mid-June. The hatch this pattern imitates normally occurs on cloudier overcast days, later in the day beginning at dusk and continuing for an hour or so. A super hatch, on the flip side, may be sporadic and occur in varying volume at specific areas of the river, this makes it tricky.