Hatches Made Easy:

Eastern Green Drakes (Ephemera guttulata) - Spinners


Normally, the spinner fall of the Green Drake hatch is the big event of the hatch.
The Green Drake spinner, called the coffin fly, is an altogether different looking
mayfly from the dun. The female spinners are much larger than the males.
Spinners begin to appear just before dark, earlier if it is cloudy, with the males
showing up first and the females joining them later. The event usually will last for
only an hour or so. After mating, the females lay their eggs by dipping their
bellies on the surface of the water. In addition to the females, the males usually
land and depart the water before dieing. It is during this time that the trout
usually go crazy over them. After the females have lost their eggs, the trout
sometimes show a preference for the male spinners.

Spinner Presentation:
Most of the time the spinners fall at Abrams Creek would be after the time the
park rules permit you to fish. Currently, you must stop fishing 30 minutes after
sunset. On cloudy, rainy days, you may find the spinner fall occurring in the late
afternoon before sunset.
At times it is effective to imitate the males and the female’s egg laying process
with an upright wing spinner imitation, otherwise spent spinner imitations should
be fished in a dead-drift fashion. A downstream presentation may be necessary
in the smooth water, especially when you are fishing the spring creek portion of
Abrams.  Since you would be fishing in a  low light situation, an eight foot leader,
with a two, foot long 4X tippet would probably work well enough. The trout we
have caught on the Green Drake spinner fall in Pennsylvania's spring creeks
(and that is a bunch of them) took the imitation as if they wanted to kill it. Even
after dark, they will hit the spinners with a loud noise. They will usually set the
hook themselves. We can only guess that this may be the situation at Abrams.

Coming Up Next:
Eastern Green Drakes - Fly Pattern Colors

Copyright 2008 James Marsh
Male Green Drake Spinner or Coffin Fly