We’ve been out on our favorite river fishing the Green Drake hatch. The catching has been minimal so I’ve had my camera in hand capturing images of Green Drakes on the water and in flight. I thought I’d share some of them with you.

Rainbow Returning to Water with Green Drake in Mouth | www.johnkreft.com

The image above is the exception because we haven’t seen that many trout rising to these mayflies.

Here is a sequence I captured last week. These five images were taken in less than a second. I noticed a Green Drake floating downstream on the water, pulled my camera up and continuously focused on it as it moved down river. We had seen a trout rising in this feeding lane and I was hoping it would rise again.

Green Drake About to be Eaten | www.johnkreft.com

A Rainbow rose to eat the mayfly. Notice the fly in the fish’s mouth?

Rainbow Eating Green Drake | www.johnkreft.com

Its momentum carries it completely out of the water.

Rainbow Jumping with Green Drake in Mouth | www.johnkreft.com

The fish begins to return to the water.

Rainbow Returning to Water with Green Drake in Mouth | www.johnkreft.com

And safely back home.

Rainbow Back in Water | www.johnkreft.com

I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time with a camera pointing and focused. For you camera buffs, the pictures were taken at 400mm.

We were lucky to find this fish frequently rising to eat Green Drakes. But honestly, it was the only fish rising that day!

Here is another from a few days earlier.

Rainbow Trout and Green Drake | www.johnkreft.com

Green Drake fishing has been frustrating again this year, but Dancingtrout is quick to remind me this is normal. I thought we might miss part of the hatch during our trip to Iceland. I heard a few stories of fish rising to Green Drakes, but they were few and far between.

On our recent trips to the river, a few Green Drakes might be hatching and we could see them floating downstream and flying safely away.

Here is one I captured leaving the water and flying away from me.

And another flying off the water.

I didn’t realize how much the wings flex on these mayflies.

Here are two images where the Green Drake is leaving the water.

I really enjoy pulling my Nikon Z 6ii out to capture Green Drakes. It keeps me busy while waiting for fish to rise. And early in the hatch, my experience has taught me it’s pretty much a waste of my time to cast until I see rising fish.

Hopefully, that changes soon.

Capturing and focusing on mayflies floating down the river is incredibly difficult. I can’t tell you how many out of focus pictures I delete!

In the meantime, here are a few more images.

I liked the wing shadow in this image.

Green Drake with Wing Shadow | www.johnkreft.com

This image shows a very shallow depth of field.

Green Drake and Shallow Depth of Field | www.johnkreft.com

Occasionally, a fish is landed. This fish tale is from a trout landed by Dancingtrout.

And I get lucky too.

I need to get back on the river with my camera and fly rod!

Enjoy…go fish!

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  1. Outstanding photos! I was on the Met a few days ago and managed to find a few fish rising to the Drakes, but not as consistently as I would expect.

  2. I’ll add to all the praise, John. I heard that you had some great photos in this post, and that information wasn’t wrong. Very well done indeed; you nailed some beauties.


  3. John these are incredible pictures, timing is everything. I truly enjoy your newsletters and all the time you put in on it.

  4. I really enjoy and look forward to your photos and comments. They keep me connected to one of the greatest joys of my life even when I can’t go. Keep em coming!

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