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Pale Evening Dun (PED) Mayflies
Light Cahill Hackle Stacker PED Hackle Stacker Pale Yellow Spinner
Light Cahill Parachute PED Sparkle Dun  
Light Cahill Traditional PED Comparadun Western Mayfly Hatches
PED LoopWing Paradun Parachute PED Cream Puff  
PED Fluttering Cripple Parachute PED, Pale Olive  

Pale Evening Dun Mayfly Dun - picture is from "Hatch Guide For Western Streams" by Jim Schollmeyer, CLICK HERE for more information.

Pale Evening Dun Mayfly 
hatch matching flies.
In our local rivers these hatches start in June.  Pale Evening Duns hatch in the late afternoon and some times continue into the dark. July and August are the peak months.  Look for these insects to hatch from slower margins along the edge of the river.  There are several different mayflies that are called "Pale Evening Duns". In some angling circles Ephemerella dorothea which are #16 pale olive to yellow mayflies
are called Pale Evening duns. We have fished this hatch and flies for it are contained on this page.  Our basic hatch reference is always the intrepid team of Rick Haffle & Dave Hughes, who have been spying on Pacific Northwest aquatic insects longer than just about anyone (we knew these guys before their hair turned white). The supporting hatch information listed here is from "Western Mayfly Hatches", which was co-authored by Haffele & Hughes, and which you are encouraged to buy as your own reference. The mayflies that Haffele & Hughes call Pale Morning Duns are from the family Heptagena, which spend most of their lives crawling around on the bottom of moderately fast riffles as grotesque, but harmless little monsters called "clinger" nymphs. Emergence of duns is from early afternoon to late evening, and usually occurs heaviest in the quiet water near the shore. Study the chart below for times and places.
Heptagenia Hatch Chart from Western Mayflies book...
PED nymph
Heptagenia Nymph from: The Book

Heptagenia Dun: The Book

Light Cahill Hackle Stacker
This is our number one Heptagena dun pattern. Most prominent Heptagenia hatch on most of our local rivers is a size #14. Look for this hatch in late afternoon, often with the sun still on the water.  Fish slow eddies and edge water. We like to use long, delicate leaders, such as 12' 5X. These flies are very lightweight. It is good to treat the whole fly with a very light coat of Gehrke's Gink.
Light Cahill Hackle Stacker
Item Description Size Price To Top
Q1080-14 Light Cahill Hackle Stacker 14 3 for $5.25
Q1080-16 Light Cahill Hackle Stacker 16 3 for $5.25

Light Cahill Parachute 
This fly is an excellent choice when fishing both PED and PMD hatches. It is very good for use where light conditions are less than perfect, or where the water is rough enough to require a little extra floatation. Parachutes often work equally well when fishing over dun emergence or spinner falls. This fly also does a great job of mimicking the hatches of tan crane flies that are so much of Deschutes trout fishing. To make it look even closer to a crane fly, use your leader clipper to remove the tail and most of the wing post. The Cahill Parachute is often a great searching fly for mountain streams.
Light Cahill Parachute
Item Description Size Price To Top
3090-14 Light Cahill Parachute 14 3 for $5.25
3090-16 Light Cahill Parachute 16 3 for $5.25
3090-18 Light Cahill Parachute 18 3 for $5.25

Light Cahill Traditional Dry Fly
If you can't see this fly on the water...well...you know. The Cahill Traditional Dry Fly has remained popular for nearly fifty years because it still catches fish. Even sophisticated trout in tail-waters eat this fly, even in very slow, smooth currents. This fly pattern will float in about any kind of water capable of floating any fly. If you need a slimmer, trimmer pattern simply take a pair of small scissors and sculpture it into what ever you need. There is plenty of material to work with.
Light Cahill Traditional Dry Fly
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1040-12 Light Cahill Traditional Dry Fly 12 3 for $5.25
1040-14 Light Cahill Traditional Dry Fly 14 3 for $5.25
1040-16 Light Cahill Traditional Dry Fly 16 3 for $5.25

Pale Evening Dun Loopwing Paradun
This sexy parachute has a slim diameter quill body and is a great fly for imitating any sulphur mayfly.

Powdered floatants, such as Shimazaki Dry Shake is ideal for flies with loop-wing parachute dry flies
Pale Evening Dun Loopwing Paradun
Item Description Size Price To Top
Q215-14 Pale Evening Dun Loopwing Paradun 14 3 for $5.25
Q215-16 Pale Evening Dun Loopwing Paradun 16 3 for $5.25

Pale Evening Dun Fluttering Cripple
This innovative pattern is tied to look like partly submerged dun with its wings and thorax above the surface of the water. The hackle and split wings alive this fly the impression that the wings are fluttering. An effective way to prepare the Fluttering Cripple is to coat only the wings with fly Rio Poo Goo. Wet the hackle and body with saliva and let it dangle through the surface. The submerged hackle being awash in the surface film gives the impression of wing movement. Present this fly as you would a dry fly to get a drag free drift.
Pale Evening Dun Fluttering Cripple
Item Description Size Price To Top
Q1003-14 Pale Evening Dun Fluttering Cripple 14 3 for $5.25
Q1003-14 Pale Evening Dun Fluttering Cripple 16 3 for $5.25

Pale Evening Dun Hackle Stacker 
This fly can look like an emerger, a cripple or a healthy dun emerging from the nymphal shuck. Normally this fly is presented as you would any dry fly. When trout are spooky and ultra selective a straight downstream presentation can be the only way to get strikes. Position yourself upstream so that you can cast upstream from a rising fish and then feed slack into the line to extend the float. Arrange that the fly travels slightly to your side of the center of the fish's feeding lane. That way you if the fish doesn't respond your line won't pass over the fish. Next cast, go for broke and put the fly in the center of the fish's feeding lane. It usually works.
Pale Evening Dun Hackle Stacker
Item Description Size Price To Top
Q1026-16 Pale Evening Dun Hackle Stacker  16 3 for $5.25

Pale Evening Dun Sparkle Dun
This can be a deadly fly on warm summer afternoons. Normally we dress the wing and body of fly with floatant. The tail remains undressed so that some of the fibers will be submerged and others will float. The Sparkle Dun is a remarkably good floater, yet fishes well to selective fish in smooth water.
Pale Evening Dun Sparkle Dun
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3100-16 Pale Evening Dun Sparkle Dun 16 3 for $5.25

Pale Evening Dun Comparadun
This can be a incredibly productive "at dark" fly when hatches of tiny light colored duns litter the water. These flies often emerge from deep riffles, the same kind that hold steelhead on the Deschutes. Dress the whole fly with floatant. Adding a long fine tippet can increase the distance you can keep your presentation "drag free". A good approach can be to add 40"-48" of 5X tippet to the end of a 9' 4X leader.
Pale Evening Dun Comparadun
Item Description Size Price To Top
1077-16 Pale Evening Dun Comparadun 16 3 for $5.25

Parachute PED Cream Puff
This is a great Pale Evening Dun pattern.  It is easy to see in the fading light. For yellowish colored PED hatches. The Poly Yarn wing post traps a lot of air and provides a lot of floatation. For this reason the Cream Puff is a good searching pattern for rough water places. Be sure to dress the wing post with floatant.
Parachute PED Cream Puff
Item Description Size Price To Top
1057-16 Parachute PED Cream Puff 16 3 for $5.25

Parachute Pale Evening Dun, Pale Olive
This is a great creamy colored Pale Evening Dun pattern.  It is easy to see in the fading light. This fly can work as a dun or spinner pattern.
Parachute Pale Evening Dun
Item Description Size Price To Top
3150-16 Parachute Pale Evening Dun 16 3 for $5.25

Pale Evening Dun Spinner
After they hatch from the water, mayflies fly to a convenient spot in the streamside vegetation and within several hours, go through another physical transformation. They shed their outer layer of skin and become true adults called spinners, which are able to procreate. Soon after copulation, females lay their eggs, and becoming exhausted, fall upon the water spent. These dead carcasses contain bits of edible protein. In certain water flows where these spent spinners collect in sufficient numbers, trout will feed on them like a man eating popcorn. The trick is seeing the real ones laying flat on the water and figure out the "hatch".
Pale Evening Dun Angel Wing Spinner
Item Description Size Price To Top
1059-16 Pale Evening Dun Angel Wing Spinner 16 3 for $5.25

WESTERN MAYFLY HATCHES
By:
Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele
Frank Amato Publications
Subject Category: Fly Fishing Enomology
Binding Type: Softcover, 264 pages, 8 1/2" X 11" format.
Retail Price: $39.95
ISBN: 1-57188-304-5
In their first book together since their 1981 classic Western Hatches, aquatic entomologist Rick Hafele and fly fishing author Dave Hughes, combine their extensive knowledge to describe in detail the widespread and diverse western mayflies, unraveling their mysteries, revealing how to identify them, how to match them, and how to fish their imitations.

    Researched, written, and photographed over a period of more than twenty years, Western Mayfly Hatches covers all mayfly hatches important in the entire range of western states and provinces.  Color photos reveal the important aspects of each stage of each important mayfly hatch.  Scientifically accurate illustrations by artist Richard Bunse depict the details that will allow you to recognize key differences between species for both nymph and adult stages.  A series of fly patterns, from suggestive through impressionistic to imitative, are listed for each stage of each hatch.  The full dressing is given for each fly, and each is photographed in color by Jim Schollmeyer.

    Also included is information on collecting and observing mayflies, mayfly behavior and natural history, fly-tying techniques, presentation methods for nymphs, emergers, duns, and spinners, plus much more.  Unique "hatch ranking tables" list the important aspects of each hatch, and provide a means for determining its importance relative to all other hatches.  Hatch charts show graphically the emergence period of each hatch throughout the year, and the time of day you might encounter the insect on the water being fed upon selectively by trout.

    Includes more than 350 color photographs, 75 illustrations, and more than 175 fly patterns, You'll be amazed how much information you'll discover within the pages of this book.  Western Mayfly Hatches leaves no stone unturned.

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This steelhead was landed with RioMax Plus #10
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Leader Monofilament Diameter
              0X 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X 6X  
.025 .022 .020 .018 .017 .015 .013 .011 .010 .009 .008 .007 .006 .005  
7.5' 2X 24" 12" 10"   10" 6"   6"   18"          
7.5' 3X 24"   10"     10"   6"   6" 18"        
7.5' 4X   24"   10" 10" 10" 6" 6"   6"   18"      
9' 2X 32"     18" 12" 12" 6" 6"   20"          
9' 3X 32"     18" 12" 6" 6" 6"   6" 20"        
9' 4X   32"   18" 12" 6" 6" 6"   6"   20"      
9' 5X   30"   12" 12" 10" 6" 6"   6"   6" 20"    
9' 6X   30"   12" 12" 8" 8" 8"   6"   6"   20"  
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  .025 .022 .020 .018 .017 .015 .013 .011 .010 .009 .008 .007 .006 .005  
9' 4X     30"   20" 14" 8" 8"   6"   22"      
9' 5X     30"   20" 14" 6" 6"   6"   6" 20"    
9' 6X     30"   20" 12" 8" 6"   6"   6"   20"  

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