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Mayfly Fly Patterns

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  1. Brown Drake, Eastern

    Brown Drake, Eastern

    Eastern Brown Drake: The perfect match for an Eastern Brown Drake. Do not be without this pattern when this hatch is on!

    Starting at: $1.03

  2. Brown Drake, Western

    Brown Drake, Western

    Western Brown Drake: The fly of choice to match the Western Brown Drake.

    Starting at: $1.03

  3. Burnt Wing, Blue Wing Olive

    Burnt Wing, Blue Wing Olive

    Burnt Wing, Blue Wing Olive

    Starting at: $0.92

  4. Burnt Wing, Dark Hendrickson

    Burnt Wing, Dark Hendrickson

    Burnt Wing, Dark Hendrickson

    Starting at: $0.92

  5. Burnt Wing, Green Drake

    Burnt Wing, Green Drake

    Burnt Wing, Green Drake

    Starting at: $0.92

  6. Burnt Wing, Light Cahill

    Burnt Wing, Light Cahill

    Burnt Wing, Light Cahill

    Starting at: $0.92

  7. Burnt Wing, Light Hendrickson

    Burnt Wing, Light Hendrickson

    Burnt Wing, Light Hendrickson

    Starting at: $0.92

  8. Burnt Wing, Mahogany

    Burnt Wing, Mahogany

    Burnt Wing, Mahogany

    Starting at: $0.92

  9. Burnt Wing, Pale Evening Dun

    Burnt Wing, Pale Evening Dun

    Burnt Wing, Pale Evening Dun

    Starting at: $0.92

  10. Burnt Wing, Pale Morning Dun

    Burnt Wing, Pale Morning Dun

    Burnt Wing, Pale Morning Dun-- This PMD pattern is extremely realistic, and has been a proven fish catcher. This is a very intricately tied pattern. FLIDRYDRY080

    Starting at: $0.92

  11. Caenis

    Caenis

    Caenis:  A tiny Mayfly similar to a Trico. These hatches do not normally get the attention of other hathes, but they can be effective if your lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

    Starting at: $0.92

  12. callibaetis

    Callibaetis

    Callibaetis

    Starting at: $0.92

  13. Callibaetis Zinger

    Callibaetis Zinger

    Callibaetis Zinger: The exact match for a Callibaetis. The low riding profile of a parachute pattern, coupled with translucent wings makes this a tough pattern for a Trout to resist.

    Starting at: $0.92

  14. Callibaetis, Parachute

    Callibaetis, Parachute

    Callibaetis, Parachute

    Starting at: $0.92

  15. Coffin Fly Green Drake Spinner

    Coffin Fly Green Drake Spinner

    Coffin Fly: This is the imitation for the Green Drake Spinner. If you have never witnessed this spinner fall, you are missing one of the most impressive sights in fly fishing. Make sure you are carrying this pattern, so that you will be ready.

    Starting at: $1.03

  16. Cranefly

    Cranefly

    Cranefly: Craneflies are quite common in many of our waters. There are not as many patterns to cover these hatches as there are for more popular flies. This is a great imitation, with a foam post for great visibility.

    Starting at: $0.92

  17. Cranefly, Deschutes

    Cranefly, Deschutes

    Deschutes Cranefly: A variation of a Cranefly imitation. Craneflies are predominant in many waters and this pattern will work well if you find yourself fishing this hatch.

    Starting at: $0.92

  18. Daddy Long Legs

    Daddy Long Legs

    Daddy Long Legs: A great imitation for a Cranefly, an extremely prevelant yet not so frequently imitated hatch. Also, a great general attractor for Trout.

    Starting at: $0.92

  19. Dark Cahill

    Dark Cahill

    Dark Cahill: A classic dry fly imitation. This pattern can be used as a general searching pattern, or to match daker colored Mayflies.

    Starting at: $0.92

  20. Dark Cahill, Parachute

    Dark Cahill, Parachute

    Dark Cahill, Parachute

    Starting at: $0.92

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Mayfly dry fly are arguably the most elegant insects of the fly fishing world. They vary in size and color and are a staple in the trout’s diet. As fly fisherman, mayfly fly patterns frequently fall upon in our fly boxes throughout the year.

Mayfly fly patterns have 2 wings that sit vertical, and have transparency to them and often detailed designs. Adult mayflies are most often fished and easily identified via terrestrial flies. They will have their wings intact and will be floating well on the water. Though the mayfly dry fly spends little time on the water, this stage is the most popular dry flies for fly fishing on most rivers. If you get down to the fishes’ level on the river on a cloudy day, you will see a lot of these on the water and heads popping and slurping them down just as quickly. Mayfly fly hatches can happen anytime of the day, though morning and evening are often the most prolific.

One mayfly fly that stands out among the rest is the all-knowing BWO, or baetis. This mayfly fly pattern can be imitated with various fly selections. The Adams is a very well-known mayfly fly that imitates this mayfly well, amongst many other. These are a very dominant bug in the western states.

The mayfly fly offer year-round dry fly fishing and are located across the world. Some of the most prolific hatches are mayfly dry fly. Baetis will hatch year-round giving mayfly dry fly patterns a necessary place in your box anytime you’re on the water, try a Baetis Zinger or Blue Wing Olive Parachute flies to imitate them. In the spring and summer, you have dozens of different species that hatch. If it weren’t for mayflies, entomology would really be rather simple. Mayflies hatch at all different times of the year, the nymphs can look pretty different from species to species and they vary greatly in size. It’s best to refer to local hatch charts and talk to local fly shops on the rivers you plan to fish to discover what mayfly fly may be hatching at any given time of the year. Always good to have a wide assortment of mayfly fly patterns on hand, meaning size, shape and color. For the mayfly, the sailboat like wings are the key to identifying it’s a mayfly fly. They are delicate, slow flying and beautiful. Though identifying the species from each other can be more of a challenge, mayflies themselves are likely the easiest dry fly to identify. A spinner (dead dry fly like Trico Spinner) will often have the wings laid out to the sides on the water.