Mike Mercer does not tie a fly that does not catch fish, but he also works to solve problems with patterns. This extended body drake has a full profile but maintains a great hook gape so that when the fish jump on this pattern, you convert bites! A high vis post ensures that you can fish this fly late into the evening or in high contrast sunny situations.
For times when the hatch is not full on yet and you are hanging a dropper or for when the drakes are pouring out of the head of a riffle and the fish are jammed up in the fast water feeding steady – the fly of choice is Yeager’s Neversink Drake. Lots of hackle and foam make for a high floating fly, but it is ultra-realistic and will take fish when fished by itself.