Eastern Green Drake
Green Drake nymphs are burrowers that are most commonly found in the slow to
moderately flowing water such as pools and backwaters that have soft or silt bottoms.
They spend most of their life buried in the silt, banks or soft bottom, but molt several
times during this stage of their life. They come out of their burrows to molt as well as at
night to browse for food and may be eaten by trout during the process.
Sometimes weighted nymph imitations can be fished along the bottom of the stream very
late in the day with some success. Green drake nymphs can swim well and action can be
added to imitate the up and down, swimming motion of these nymphs. We have found
that it is best to fish imitations of the nymph just prior to the hatch is taking place. They
work very good in the mornings prior to a hatch.
The nymphs hatch throughout the day, not at any one particular time of the day. If there
is not a hatch underway, the nymphs stay in their burrowers most of the time and are not
available for the trout to eat. They come out to feed and molt and during those times the
trout feed on them.
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