In this fly tying instructional video, Alex ties up an extended body green drake that he’s cooked up over the past year. Extended body dries float exceptionally well, which makes them a great fit for the fast broken surface of the upper reaches of our local streams like the McKenzie and Willamette. Tie this pattern in different colors and sizes to suit your needs — Grey Drakes are showing up now too!
Note to the reader: I recently fished this pattern in a size 10 hook with grey body to imitate a grey drake. I had it tied on just about all weekend while on the far upper reaches of the McKenzie during backpacking trip. The fly rides high and dry in even the fastest, most broken water, and looks incredible on the surface. The fish were in agreement, and plenty were fooled.
Hook: TMC100 Sz8
Thread: UTC 70D, Grey
Tail: Moose Body Hair
Abdomen deer hair: Deer hair dyed green
Abdomen dubbing: Superfine dub, BWO
Thorax dubbing: Blend of black hairs ear, ice dub peacock black
Hackle: Black Saddle Hackle
Wing: Deer hair dyed dark, Para post hot orange
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