Tail: Green *
Ribbing: Brown silk (thread or floss)
Body: Pale yellow floss
Hackle: Green **
Wing: Gray mallard dyed yellow green
* Green is all that is listed in the Trout recipe; the painting is more of an olive shade.
** As with the tail, green is listed in the recipe; the hackle on the painting is a dark olive and is an appropriate imitative color for the Green Drake. This difference in the appearance of these colors is an example of the benefit of the color plate paintings. The word ‘green’ by itself for tail and hackle does not provide accurate information for tying the Green Drake wet fly. Comparison between the written recipes and color plate paintings in Trout produces a collective body of fly tying information, in combination more valuable and more concise than either would possess if left to stand alone.