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No. 28. a. THE GREEN DRAKE. This fly, proceeding from a water nympha, lives three or four days as shown; then the female changes to the Grey Drake (No. 88. b.), and the male to the Black Drake (see p. 103.). The Green Drake cannot be said to be in season quite three weeks on an average. Its season depends greatly upon the state of the weather ; and it will be found earlier upon the slowly running parts of the stream (such as mill dams) than on the rapid places.

IMITATION. BODY. The middle part is of pale straw-coloured floss silk, ribbed with silver twist. The extremities are of a brown peacock's herl, tied with light brown silk thread.

TAIL. Three rabbit's whiskers.

WINGS AND LEGS. Made buzz from a mottled feather of the mallard, stained a pale greenish yellow. (See Dyes, Chap. II. article 4.)

Hook No. 5. 6. or 7. long. To make it with wings in their state of rest, part of a feather similarly stained must be used, and a pale brown bittern's hackle, or, in case of need, a partridge feather must be wrapped round the same body under the wings.

No. 28. b. THE GREY DRAKE.

This is the metamorphosis of the female Green Drake. She lives three or four days, and is caught by the fish whilst laying her eggs on the water. She lasts a few days longer than the Green Drake, and is to be fished with in the evening. Some fishermen prefer other flies in season to this; when well made, it will however furnish excellent sport, especially towards the evening. The buzz form is intended to imitate it when struggling and half-drowned.


BODY. The middle part is of white floss silk, ribbed over neatly with silver twist. The extremities are of brown peacock's herl tied with brown silk thread.

Tail. Three rabbit's whiskers.

WNGS AND LEGS. Made buzz from a mottled feather of the mallard, stained a faint purple.

Hook No. 5. or 6. long.

To make it with wings at rest, the same pale purple stained feather may be used for them, and a dark purple stained hackle for the legs, upon the above body.


Is the male Green Drake metamorphosed. Its term of existence is about the same as that of the female above mentioned. It is smaller than the female, and very much darker, and is erroneously supposed by some, who call him the Death Drake, to kill her. He is never in season without her, but is not here represented, because he is not so fat and teinpting a bait.



This is another species of Dun of some importance on the Dove and other Derbyshire waters. It is equally attractive to Trout and Grayling, and is a prime favourite in its day – the end of June, July, and August.


BODY. Dark orange silk, and the fly to be dressed with the same. .

Tail. Two fibres of a starling's feather.
LEGS. A dark dun hackle.

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