Fishing the Perfect Fly Yellow Drake Emerger
These large drakes start hatching very late in the day and continue into the night. They
usually hatch in the early part of the summer.
As we said, the emerging nymphs swim to the surface where they shed their nymphal skin
and hatch into duns. They drift in the surface skim a short ways when they do this. The
Perfect Fly Yellow Drake Emerger has a trailing shuck that imitates the freshly emerged
dun with the nymphal skin still attached to the tail of the dun. It is a very effective fly if
used at the right time and that is, of course, during the hatch. Trout feed on the nymphs
when they are at this particular stage of the hatch.
The fly may be brought from the bottom to the surface on the swing or you may allow the
fly to dead drift just under the surface. An up and across presentation would be preferred
if there is much current. You may need to try a down and across presentation in slower
moving, slick calm water. Remember, you will be fishing at dusk and into the evening. It is
best to get into a position that you can best see your drift. You want be able to see the
fly, but you can watch the tip end of the line for any change in movements indicating a
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