Green Drakes

June 29 – The Green Drakes (Hex) have finally started in a few spots. Now is the time you had better be baby sitting your favorite haunts. The first night of the hatch can be magical. The biggest trout in the pond are on top and making pigs of themselves. Lay out anything that resembles those monster mayflies and they’ll eat it! What a hoot it is to pick off cruising trout on flat calm water.
There are lots of imitations around and they work well at given times. The drakes mostly are a yellow/brown color but also all gray and even pale yellow or green. Its good to carry all the different colors in size 8 just in case. A good nymph is just as important as the dries. A nymph called the Maple Syrup has gotten lots of attention in the last few years. Its a tan chenille body with a yellow calf tail and a brown soft hackle collar. Tied on a streamer hook its long enough to imitate the nymph very well. Remember to use a good stout leader on these big bugs or they will spin in the air as you cast and twist your leader. 3X tippet should do the trick.
Take a flashlight along because you’ll be staying till the end. The Hex hatch happens just before dark. Hatches will usually last about a week on a pond with the deeper, higher elevation and northern ponds hatching last. Allagash Lake for instance doesn’t usually pop till mid month.
While your waiting around for the hatch to start hook up a sinking line and the nymph so you can work the bottom for a couple hours before the light starts to fade. You should find fish cruising around the cove looking for an early meal.
This is the time hard core pond fisherman wait for all year. The big boys are out and feeding on top.