.......................  ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

07/08/09

Fly Fishing Yellowstone - Brown Drake Spinner

Most of the time these spinners fall during the evenings. You can also catch
trout feeding on the spinners early in the mornings, just after daylight. They will
collect in the eddies and calm pockets boulders and along the banks. They may
also collect at the tail of a pool and sometimes the head of a pool if there is a
run or riffle between pools. Trout will continue to feed on the spent spinners well
after the spinner fall has occurred.

The problem with fishing the spinner fall at night is determining when it occurs.
Since the Brown Drake mayflies hatch in the evenings it may be near impossible
to determine exactly what is going on. If it is a well lite night, then it may be
possible to see the spinner fall. If so, you could be in for some great fly fishing.

Presentation:
A down and across presentation almost always works best in the slow moving
water that brown drake spinners are found in. If you are fishing at night, then as
with the dun, you want to try to get positioned to where you are taking
advantage of the available light. You want to move around as little as possible. If
the stream is such that you can do so, meaning it doesn't have a lot of bushes
and trees along the banks, it may be best to fish from the bank. It is certainly the
easiest method to use at night. We have been able to catch trout on the Perfect
Fly Brown Drake spinner imitation in meadow streams where it was possible to
fish along the banks. If it is a well lit night, this can be a very effective way to fish.