Western Green Drakes
.............................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

Western Green Drakes - (Drunella species) - Spinners

The Western Green Drake spinner fall normally occurs during the night. I have heard
some anglers say that they fished the spinner fall just before dark but I have never
seen one occur in the park during daylight hours. I have found the spinners in the early
mornings congregated in eddies and pockets on a few occasions but I could not
determine if the trout were eating them or not.
I have also read and overheard other anglers say that the Green Drake spinner fall
occurs early in the mornings. We probably fish about as early as anyone. At least it is
fairly common for us to get to the streams when no one is there. We have yet to
encounter a Green Drake spinner fall that was actually in progress early in the morning.

If you happen to find trout feeding on the spinners that have congregated at the ends
of long runs, heads of pools, eddies or pockets, then I would certainly suggest that you
try a spent imitation of the spinners. I am not able to give any specific recommendations
for fishing the Green Drake spinner fall simply because I have not encountered one.
We carry imitations of the big mayflies along with us just in case, but so far, they are still
stuck in the same slots of the fly box they were put in a few years ago.

We would certainly appreciate any information anyone has regarding the Green Drake
spinner fall. If you have encountered one in the park during daylight hours, or anywhere
else for that matter, please let us hear from you.

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