The Green Dragon
The most beautiful insect hatch of summer is soon coming to an end.
Written by Lars Reitan.
Hatch, hatch, hatch!
An emergeging mayfly sheds his exoskeleton and spreads his wings: The green dragon, Ephemera danica.
The book “The Compleat Angler” was released by Izaak Walton in 1653. His description of the beautiful mayfly is just as relevant today:
«With a long and slender body slimming towards the tail, which is equipped with three long, thin feelers, which are almost black. The tail is curled upwards towards its back almost like a mallard feather, and this is certainly the reason they have been named Green Drake.»
Ephemera Danica is the largest of them all. Some places they have completed the hatch cycle, while in other places the hatch is far from over. A heavy snowpack this season and cool summer has extended the hatch in many regions this season. In the mountains throughout Trondelag a new warm period gives hope of one last rising hurrah.
If you don’t manage to catch the last of this seasons hatches, you don’t need to worry. An exciting spinner fall is also in wait, with the same end result – rising fish!
When an angler bears witness to this type of natural show, they better not leave their rod and reel behind!
If you give a bit closer look its easy to understand why trout can’t deny a meal like this.
You may also try an emerger or a larger spinner imitation? Maybe it will even be warm and calm?