Big Slate Drake
The Big Slate Drake duns usually show up very late in the day on cloudy overcast days
or otherwise, after dark. The Perfect Fly Big Slate Drake Dun can be just as important or
effective as the emergers or the spinners. It is easier to see the take during the low light
conditions using this large dry fly than it is the emerger and you may very well end up
catching more fish on the dun than the emerger because of that.
A down and across presentation to a feeding trout would be the idea situation, but in low
light or darkness, it may be best to simply cast to areas of the water that are best lit so as
to keep track of your fly. Remember, wading at night can be dangerous. If you are unable
to cast from the banks of the stream, you should wade into the area you intend to fish
before it is completely dark. Moving around in the calm type water these mayflies hatch in
will spook the trout. You want to avoid as much of it as possible. Don't waste a lot of blind
cast and spook the trout. You are better off waiting for a trout to start feeding within
casting distance and then making your presentation.
You may want to consider one of the head lamps for tying on flies other close up
functions while you are fishing. These are almost used exclusively where the mayflies
exist in large quantities.
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