Brown Drakes on Ed McCoy's home waters of the Manistee are a complicated puzzle. They often leave you scratching your head. Ed McCoy commonly refers to this hatch as the “Great Houdini” hatch as it can disappear for days and then suddenly reappear in epic fashion.
This fly fishes great with bugs on the water, but it will do just as well fishing it blind during the Brown Drake season. This fly was designed to be fished blind or over rising fish. It fishes well even during the rare daytime emergence that we will commonly see a few times each season. This is also a great pattern during the spinner fall especially on the cooler evenings when they spin early.