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Gray Drake

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200 R, size 12 hook

8/0 Uni gray thread

Gray hen tail, wing and hackle

Muskrat dub

Copper wire rib

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Nice tie! The Gray Drake is one of the first "big fish" hatches here in Michigan.. (There's even a fishing lodge on the Muskegon named for them.) We pretty much just fish spinner patterns, as the conventional wisdom here is that there isn't really a dun emergence to speak of; the duns apparently just crawl out onto the bank (kind of like stoneflies) and into the bushes. The spinner fall is what gets the fish looking up. That being said, it occurs to me that they probably look a lot like your winged wet pattern when they're getting to the bank, and I bet that pattern would fish well as a spinner, too. This one will go into my "New patterns to try next year" folder. :)

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