Yeager’s Neversink Green Drake variant

We are in full blown Utah Cutt Slam trip prep down here and Blake has been busy at the vise.  We’ve been hearing that the green drakes have been coming off up there in Utah and it’s our hope that they will continue to be hatching by the time we can get up there later this month.  He’s put together a little SBS of a fly we hope to have some success on when we get up that way – Yeager’s Neversink Green Drake – tied by Blake Leblanc.

Materials – in order or application:

  • Thread of your choice – I used 70 denier
  • 2mm foam
  • #12 Orvis tactical barbless dry fly hook
  • Moose body hair
  • EP fibers
  • Rubber legs
  • Dry fly hackle

Start thread on a needle with a few wraps, just enough to hold it on there.  Leave tag end long.


Cut two foam strips.  This is 2mm thick foam.  I cut them about 2mm wide as well.   Tie one on the top and another on the bottom.  Colors should match what you are trying to match.  Here, I was going for green drake-ish.  It could probably pass for a decent hopper or stonefly with a few modifications.


Tie in a few strands of moose body hair(or whatever tail material you like) on either side.  Leave the butt ends long so you can catch them on the shank in the next step.


Bring the thread between the foam strips and advance it a little ways down the pin shank trapping the moose hairs in there.  Then pull the foam back and start your segments.


Cut the moose hairs(leave the thread tag end) and continue with the segments.  Whip finish the thread on the last segment.  Hit it with some glue.


Pinch the tail and slide it off the needle.  Pull the thread tag to tighten any loose thread that is in the body.



Choose a hook you like and pierce the foam near the last body segment.


Start the thread near the eye of the hook and bring it back to the hook bend.  I slide the body up to the thread location to make sure I like how it sits.  When you’re happy, tie down both foam strips making another segment.  Make sure the thread tag is still there.


Pull one of the foam strips back and wrap the thread down the shank making sure to tie your tail thread tag in tight.  Make another segment, then tie down the bottom foam strip to the eye.  I find it easier and neater to do one stip, then the other.


Tie the top foam strip down to right behind the eye.


Tie in your wing material.  I used EP fibers here.  They float like a cork when treated with floatant.  I leave them long and trim later.


Pull the foam back making a little round head behind the eye.


Tie in your choice of legs on either side.  Trim to desired length.


Cut foam leaving a little.


Cut wing about as long as abdomen.


Tie in dry fly hackle.


Palmer to the head.  Tie in the hackle and whip finish.  I whipped around the eye of the hook, but you can tie off between the hackle and head.  Whatever floats your drake….


Hit it with a little glue and you have yourself a really buggy, buoyant, attractor fly  that is sure to catch some cutthroat.







  1. Billy Bishop said:

    Looks great
    Would love some of those in a little larger size to throw at smallmouth during the willow fly hatch


    • Absolutely Billy, I think it would be a great mayfly pattern for those really big hex hatches


  2. Nice. My wife, my cousin, and her husband went to Colorado in June. We hired a guide and targeted browns, which incidentally, I had never caught before. They were small and finicky that day. I did manage to catch 10 or so small ones on dry flies. It was rough wading over large boulders and fallen spruce and fir trees, but overall was a cool experience. We probably missed the really good fishing by a week, according to the guide. The snowmelt was big this year and we were just getting at that part where you could fish some of the creeks. Good luck to ya’ll. I hope you “slam” ’em. Are you planning to go with a guide or do you just fish public water during the week and hope not to have too much fishing pressure?


    • No guides Doc, we didn’t see much pressure when we went in Wyoming and I’m not expecting to see it in Utah. Usually if you hike a mile or so away from an access you rarely see a soul and I’ve seen that hold true all across the US. The good thing too about heading West is that if we run into a situation where a river we want to fish is crowded we can always go somewhere else – there are a ton of great options out there.


      • Awesome. I’ve hired guides the past two years and frankly, I wasn’t impressed. In fact, last year in Oregon, we caught more fish on the day we went without the guide. I was stubborn this year and insisted on catching browns. Like I said, I caught by nothing really worth bragging about. Maybe next time.


  3. We’ve used guides on past trips where we wanted to fish from a drift boat or raft, like in Colorado when we fished the Upper Colorado River, our guide Greg was awesome and put us on fish we would have never caught by ourselves. He was a great guide and I’d recommend and use him again. We definitely use them when they are necessary, but on these budget trips where we are hiking in and wading small backcountry streams I don’t even consider hiring one. I do enough research beforehand to know where we need to be to catch the fish we want to catch and we’ve caught enough trout to know how to fool them. Plus I really enjoy the DIY aspect of a trip where I do all the research then go out and try to have some success without a lot of outside help.

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    • Sounds awesome. Did you all catch any trout on this fly?


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