Eastern Pale Evening Dun
The Eastern Pale Evening duns rarely stay on the water very long. Their wings
dry fast and they depart the water very quickly. They hatch in calm to
moderately flowing water, not fast water. Often the water is smooth or slick.
These duns usually hatch from early afternoon to the middle of the afternoon.
The hatch normally only last an hour or two at the most. If it's cloudy the hatch
usually last much longer.
Fish the "Perfect Fly" Eastern Pale Evening Dun in the slow to moderately
moving water in the calmer water next to moderate sections of riffles and runs.
The trout will move from their normal moderate flow sections of the stream to the
nearest slower moving water to hatch.
You want to fish the ends of long runs and riffles as opposed to the head of
them. By the time the dun's wings are dry enough to fly, they have usually been
caught up in the moderate or faster flowing water. These are fairly large mayflies
and usually you can see them riding the surface of the water as well as departing
An upstream presentation is usually best if the surface of the water is broken and
not smooth or slick. Your will probably always want to use this type of
presentation if you can get the fly to the trout without spooking the them. In many
cases, especially if the water is very smooth, this is difficult. These nymphs hatch
in a wide variety of different types of streams. The presentation depends on the
type of water (smooth or broken surface) in the particular stream you are fishing.
You should approach smooth water conditions using a down and across
presentation. You want to trout to see the fly before they have an opportunity to
see your tippet or leader. If they see your fly line, it usually means they will reject
In most cases, a light, long leader and tippet is required. We recommend leaders
from ten to twelve feet in length and the tippet in a size 5X or 6X.
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