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Brown Drakes

Like most common names, "Brown Drake" can refer to more than one taxon. They're previewed below, along with 4 specimens. For more detail click through to the scientific names.

Mayfly Species Ephemera simulans

These are pretty much always called Brown Drakes.
The Brown Drakes are a favorite hatch of many in the Midwest, and they make a good showing on localized waters across the country. They are usually the first in a series of big drakes which bring large trout to the surface at twilight and into the early hours of the night.
Ephemera simulans (Brown Drake) Mayfly NymphEphemera simulans (Brown Drake) Mayfly Nymph View 10 Pictures
Collected January 31, 2004 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on January 25, 2006
Male Ephemera simulans (Brown Drake) Mayfly SpinnerMale Ephemera simulans (Brown Drake) Mayfly Spinner View 7 Pictures
Collected June 2, 2005 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on May 24, 2006

Mayfly Species Litobrancha recurvata

These are very rarely called Brown Drakes.
Litobrancha recurvata is generally reported to be the largest North American species of mayfly in angler entomologies, though this understanding is being challenged by reports of Hexagenia limbata that may exceed 40mm in some locales. Regardless, it is certainly the largest mayfly in the region of its distribution. Sometimes it appears together with species of Hexagenia or Ephemera, but in other places it creates excellent action on its own.
Female Litobrancha recurvata (Dark Green Drake) Mayfly DunFemale Litobrancha recurvata (Dark Green Drake) Mayfly Dun View 2 PicturesThese photos were contributed by Spencer Vanderhoof.
Collected May 15, 2010 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on March 3, 2012
Male Litobrancha recurvata (Dark Green Drake) Mayfly SpinnerMale Litobrancha recurvata (Dark Green Drake) Mayfly Spinner View 1 PicturesThese photos were contributed by Spencer Vanderhoof.
Collected May 15, 2010 from in
Added to Troutnut.com by on March 3, 2012
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