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So these  will be emergers, duns and maybe a spinner or two along with more detailed information on the little guys that are available almost year round and the most important May Fly hatch perhaps anywhere…Gary LaFontaine had a book in the works, at one time, on Blue Winged Olives. It was never completed prior to his passing. I would have definitely enjoyed having a copy of THAT…Here are some great resources for learning more about the Baetis Complex…books and links…

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My first book on Mayflies…and still a good one…

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A must…

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Shane Stalcup’s classic…

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…another classic from Swisher & Richards…

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A recent publish that has excellent informations and BWO patterns with recipes…

These links provide a primer on Blue Winged Olives…one may notice a few of my fly patterns included in the photos from Fly Fishing Traditions:

Baetis Complex – Part I

Baetis Complex – Part II

Baetis Complex – Part III

Baetis Complex – Part IV

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Completed BAETIS BOX…and a little something from Rick Hafele on BWO’s:

Hafele’s Bug Blog

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Winston BORON IIIX SUPER 10, 5wt. – Hatch  4 Plus Finatic…

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Frozen MOO…

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PQ BWO PARA EMERGER …

HOOK: TMC 206BL, #16 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Polish Quill, Olive – * Coat with UV Resin for durability and Bling

THORAX: Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing – BWO

POST: Blue Dun McFlylon #.24

HACKLE: Dun

Michael likes his dry flies, so this is a hanging emerger for his use. I gots to tie more Mayfly emergers on this hook…me likee…

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Materials PQ BWO PARA EMERGER…

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PQ BWO PARA EMERGERs …# 20’s…

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Baetis water…0 degrees at the 45th. parallel – halfway between the North Pole and the Equator…

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BWO PARA SPINNER – Schollmeyer/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #16 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Dark Brown

TAIL: Micro Fibetts, Light Dun

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Rust

POST: White Poly Yarn

HACKLE: Dun

A simple Jim Schollmeyer spinner pattern when one encounters them and the Trout are receptive to flush floaters…

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Materials BWO PARA SPINNER…

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BWO PARA SPINNERS…#20’s…

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CHART DOT I.C.U. BAETIS – McCormick./ Variant …

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #20

THREAD: Veevus 16/0, Olive Dun – Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Olive – Thorax Forward

SHUCK: Zelon, Dun

POST: Rainy’s Parachute Post ( foam cylinder), Chartreuse, 1/16″

THORAX: Orvis Spectrablend – Olive Gray

WING(s): Zelon – Dun

Another Bucky McCormick pattern from Blue Ribbon Flies for these old eyes to see…

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Materials CHART DOT I.C.U. BAETIS …

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CHART DOT I.C.U. BAETIS…#20’s…

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BUCKY’S KLINKHAMMER SHUCKIN’ BAETIS …

HOOK: McCormick/Variant- Daiichi 1167, #18 – #20

THREAD: UTC 70 Denier, Olive – Abdomen / Thorax Forward, Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Dark Olive Dun

ABDOMEN: UTC 70 Denier, Olive

RIB: Lagartun Copper Wire, x-fie – * Coat with Hard As Hull for durability

POST: Poly Yarn, Orange

THORAX: Dark Tan Beaver

Bucky McCormick, of Blue Ribbon Flies, ties this pattern as a Midge. I have adapted it for an emerging Baetis…

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Materials BUCKY’S KLINKHAMMER SHUCKIN’ BAETIS…

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BUCKY’S KLINKHAMMER SHUCKIN’ BAETIS…#20’s…

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A visit to SPOOL CITY

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PQ BAETIS EMERGER – Barr/Pennington Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Zelon, Amber

ABDOMEN: Polish Quill, Olive – * Coat with UV Resin

OVER/WINGCASE: 2 strands Holographic Mylar Motion, Black, 1/32″

WINGCASE/LEGS: Fluoro Fiber, Brown or Black, 16 strands or less depending on hook size * Coat Mylar Motion with UV Resin

This is a composite of John Barr’s BWO Emerger and Carl Pennington’s Biot Emerger ,using a Black Holographic wing case. Why Black ??? Because BWO’s are most active when their wing cases darken, just prior to hatching…This pattern is meant to be fished from the bottom of the water column to just under the surface. Grease thy leader or hang it off a larger dry pattern…I prefer the wing case be pronounced as a trigger…

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Materials PQ BAETIS EMERGER…

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PQ BAETIS EMERGERs…#20’s…

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SPANFLEX CDC CDL OLIVE BAETIS EMERGER …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #20

THREAD: Underabdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax Forward, Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Whiting CDL Fibers

WING: Marc Petitjean Blue Dun CDC tips * tied in opposed

THORAX: Superfine BWO Dubbing – BWO

LEGS: * ( not Pictured ) Coq De Leon, Light Speckled – Hareline …and yes, there is a big difference between the Whiting and Spanish CDL

This is a pattern that sits with the abdomen just below the surface film. It is meant for slick, slow water below riffles…

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Materials SPANFLEX CDC CDL OLIVE BAETIS EMERGER….

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SPANFLEX CDC CDL OLIVE BAETIS EMERGERs…# 18’s….

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FOAM BIOT EMERGER BWO – Bill Black/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax Forward – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: UV2 Turkey Biot – fringed side out

WINGCASE/BURST WING: Razor Foam, Translucent Dun , 1mm or .5MM -sized to hook

LEGS: Dyed Brown Partridge, V-Notched

This is a Bill Black pattern. He was the President of Spirit River and the developer of the UV2 products. That company no longer exists. They were acquired by Hareline this past Fall (2016). This is an excellent floating emerger pattern for slick water…

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Materials FOAM BIOT EMERGER BWO…

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FOAM BIOT EMERGERs BWO…#18’s…

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In hand, on the East Walker River…

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DOA BWO CRIPPLE (Olive/Gray) – Nyman/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 103BL, #17 -#21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Zelon, Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub, Gray/Olive

BURST WINGCASE/WING: EP Trigger Point Int’l.  – Dun or Black (for those Gray Days)

Hackle: Dun, clipped so it rides low

This is a version of Rowan Nyman’s pattern tied on a TMC 103BL hook. This is an older pattern that was first presented by Blue Ribbon Flies awhile ago. It still works, real good, when Trout are feeding on cripples, in the surface film…

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Materials DOA BWO CRIPPLE (Olive/Gray)…

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DOA BWO CRIPPLEs (Olive/Gray)…#21’s…

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CDL TPI PARACHUTE BWO …

HOOK:  TMC 102Y, #17 – #21

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Coq De Leon, Dun

ABDOMEN: Orvis Spectrablend Dry Fly – BWO

POST: Enrique Puglisi Trigger Point Into. Fibers Dun (BWO) or color of choice

HACKLE: Dun

Just a simple little BWO parachute for darker BWO hatches. I find that the BWO’s on the East Walker River tend to have a deeper Olive color than those, lower down, on the Owens River, below Pleasant Valley Reservoir. The Fl. Orange post is for me and the Dun post for Big MOO and Ally…they have better eyes…I am a big fan of this hook because of it’s color and wide gape…

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Materials CDL TPI PARACHUTE BWO…

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CDL TPI PARACHUTE BWOs… #19’s…

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Fill’er up…

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UV2 BROOK’S SPROUT BWO – Bob Brooks/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #16 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn – Olive/Brown

ABDOMEN: Premo Goose Biot, BWO

THORAX: UV2 Fine & Dry – BWO

POST: Rainy’s Parachute Post (Foam Cylinder), White or color of choice, 1/16″

HACKLE: Dun

Bob Brooks developed this style pattern for Midges and small May Fly hatches when he was the river keeper on Hot Creek in the Eastern Sierras. This pattern has found wide-spread use throughout the world since it’s inception. With the shuck, it imitates an merging BWO…

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Materials UV2 BROOK’S SPROUT BWO…

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UV2 BROOK’S SPROUT BWOs…#20’s…

 

NEXT: Up the road with MOO then a smattering of patterns which will be done individually and not for a complete box…

 

PT/TB

 

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So…Fall, my favorite time of year. What follows with be a smattering of patterns, small and large (in the following post), for use in the Eastern Sierras and primarily – the Lower Owens River. These guys would work almost anywhere in the West and maybe some other places as well… Life intruded a bit on my completing all of the recipes and additional information – it does that, sometimes…MIDGES - 2 BWO's FALL 2015

MIDGES & 2 BWO’s – Fall 2015…

PAL MIDGE 1

PAL (Midge) – Keeler/Variant…

HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-#20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Olive

RIB: UTC wire, x-sm, Black

THORAX: Ice Dub, UV Tan

BEAD: Hi-Lite Glass Bead, Blue Peacock, x-sm

This pattern is an Adrian Keller design. I featured, but did not tie it, about six years ago. Finally…done…

Mat PAL MIDGE

Materials PAL (MIDGE)…

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PAL (MIDGEs)…

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Lower Owens River, Wild Trout section…Bishop, CA…with what is needed soon…

PARA MIDGE EMERGER CREAM

PARA-MIDGE EMERGER,Cream – Willmott-Sanchez/Variant…

HOOK: Daiichi 1167, #20 (and smaller when they make them)

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

ABDOMEN: Emergence Dubbing, #.11 Cream – Nature’s Spirit

RIB: Krystal Flash, Medium Brown

WING: Hi-Vis, White

HACKLE: Whiting Grizzly Midge

The PME was developed by long time guides Gary Willmott and Scott Sanchez on the upper Snake River.. It was originally tied on a TMC 101 hook. The abdomen on this pattern is meant to hang below the surface film so use floatant only on the hackle and wing. I tied this is cream because this Midge color is predominant on the Lower Owens and East Walker Rivers…

Mat PAR MIDGE EM CREAM

Materials PARA-MIDGE EMERGER -Cream …

PARA MIDGE EMERGER MIDGES GRP

PARA-MIDGE EMERGER(s) – Cream…

RC UV2 MIDGE 2

UV2 RC MIDGE – Gold, Freeman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #20

THREAD: UnderAbdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Black

OVER ABDOMEN: Micro Floss, Gold – Cascade Crest

RIB: Brown Micro Tubing

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black

Another Paul Freeman variant of a pattern for the San Juan River ( link to Paul below). I always use white tread as a base under floss bodies. A little trick I learned a while back  – it adds to the translucency of a floss abdomen which is particularly important for Midge Larva or Pupa…

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Materials UV2 RC MIDGE…

UV2 RC MIDGES GRP

UV2 RC MIDGE(s)…

MIDGE EMERGER UV2 IWAMASA BLK

UV2 MIDGE EMERGER, Black – Iwamasa/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

SHUCK: Natural Mallard feather section, curved side up – (I spread a little thinned Dave’s Flexament on it)

WING: White Poly Yarn

ABDOMEN: UV2 Fine & Dry, Black

HACKLE: Whiting Grizzly Midge – 1 1/2 turns

This is an interesting Ken Iwamasa pattern that he uses on the Frying Pan River in the video linked to under his name. I have caught one or two Trout in that section over the years. His take on the shuck imitation is, well… provocative…

Mat MIDGE EMERGER KI

Materials UV2 MIDGE EMERGER, Black – Iwamasa/Variant…

MIDGE EMERGERS KI GRP

UV2 MIDGE EMERGER(s), Black…

BROWN MIRACLE MIDGE 2

MIRACLE MIDGE, Brown …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, Brown / Head – Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Lagartun x-fine, Copper wire – * coat fly with Hard As Hull for durability

It does not get much simpler than this Midge Larva. I have taken some of my largest Trout on this type of pattern over the past several years and I keep a stock of them in different colors for me and my tribe to use…

MAT MIRACLE MIDGE BRN

Materials MIRACLE MIDGE, Brown …

MIRACLE MIDGES BRN GRP

MIRACLE MIDGE(s), Brown…#18 & #20…

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CRUMPLED MIDGE time on the Lower Owens River, Bishop, CA…

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CRUMPLED MIDGE, Cream – Engle/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22

THREAD: Under Abdomen – Tiemco 16/0, White /Thorax forward- Tiemco 16/0, Black

OVER ABDOMEN: Cream, Black, Olive, Brown, etc. Micro Tubing (it’s hollow, it floats)

WING: Medallion Sheeting, Dun

A variation on an older Ed Engle pattern that is meant for sippers in flat water on cold, overcast, snowy days. Here be a few of those on the Lower Owens River…checkout some of Ed’s other small patterns on the link above…

CRUMPLED MIDGE OLIVE

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Olive – Engle/Variant – Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22…

CRUMPLED MIDGE BLACK

CRUMPLED MIDGE, Black – Engle/Variant – Daiichi 1110, #18 – #22…

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Materials CRUMPLED MIDGE…

CRUMPLED MIDGES GRP

A flock of CRUMPLED MIDGES…

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A good time and place to use the pattern below…Michael says so…

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COQ’d OPAL MIDGE, Blue/Lavender…

HOOK: Umpqua JB01 Hook, #16

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

WEIGHT: .010 Lead Wire

RIB: UTC Gunmetal Blue wire, x-sm

OVER ABDOMEN: (of working black thread) 1/100″ Opal Micro Flashabou

WING: Coq De Leon, Barred Speckled Aconchado

THORAX: Ice Dub UV Lavender

HOT SPOT: Datum Glo-Brite Floss, #.15, Fl. Purple

BEAD: Black Tungsten, 2,4mm

Another attractor Midge type pattern in flashy colors. I like these on particularly cold days and fish them with the expectation that there will soon be a nice Trout attached to it…usually happens…

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Materials COQ’d OPAL MIDGE…

UMPQUA JB01 HOOK

The HOOK…

COQ'd OPAL MIDGES GRP

COQ’d OPAL MIDGE(s)…

OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE – Matthews/Variant …

HOOK: TMC 2488, #16 – #18

THREAD: Abdomen, Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive / Thorax forward – Tiemco 16/0, Olive

SHUCK: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Olive Brown

ABDOMEN: Lagartun 74 Denier, Olive Thread

WING: EP – Trigger Point Int’l Fibers , BWO (Dun)

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Purple – Spirit River

HACKLE: Whiting Midge, Dun

A variation on THIS Craig Matthews pattern for the BWO/Baetis Fall hatch on the Lower Owens River…I like Enrico’s Trigger Point Int’l fibers of small patterns and it comes in an array of insect colors…

Mat UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE

Materials UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE…

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE GRP

UV2 OWENS BAETIS CRIPPLE(s)…#16 & #18…

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPA …

HOOK: Gamakatsu C12-B, #18 – #20

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, White – Under abdomen / Tiemco16/0, Black – Thorax forward

SHUCK: 1 strand Opal Midge Flash

OVER ABDOMEN: Purple Micro Tubing

WINGLETS: 1 strand Krystal Flash UV Purple, doubled back, for one each side

THORAX: UV2 Dyed Peacock Eye, Black – Spirit River

BEAD: X-sm Diamond Bead – Killer Caddis

A Midge Pupa in Purple for AM or PM low light and overcast conditions…

Mat UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE

Materials UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPA…

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE GRP

UV2 PURPLE MYSTIC MIDGE PUPAE…

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER MIDGE LARVAE

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE – Freeman/Variant …

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #24

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0, Black

RIB: Black Ice Thread

ABDOMEN:  Lt. Copper Holoshimmer – Coat completed fly with Hard As Hull for  durability

This is a simple Midge Larva pattern that is a variation on a Paul Freeman pattern. Notice on the link to Sulky Holoshimmer, the amount of different available colors. Do not be adverse to trying ALL of them out…it makes a great ribbing material too for smaller patterns !

Materials COPPER HS MIDGE

Materials COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE…

COPPER HS MIDGES GRP

COPPER HOLOSHIMMER N’ ICE MIDGE LARVAE…

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Fall… on the Lower Owens River…

BAETIS HS JIG GRAY-OLIVE

HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG – Gray/Olive…

HOOK: Umpqua (Hanak) C400BL #16, Dohiku HDJ Jig Hook, #18 – #20

THREAD:Tiemco 16/0, Olive

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

ABDOMEN: Gray Micro Tubing over working thread

HACKLE: #3 Dun Hen neck feather

THORAX: 80% Micro Fine dub., BWO Gray Olive / 20% UV2 Dubbing Enhancer, Dark

HOT SPOT: Veevus 14/0, FL. Orange thread

BEAD: Copper Slotted Tungsten, size to hook

A bit of an attractor BWO nymph pattern that sinks like a rock. I fish these upstream then let them swing upwards through the drift…

Mat BAETIS HS IG G-O

Materials  HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG – Gray/Olive…

BAETIS HS JIG G-O GRP

HS / UV2 BAETIS JIG(s) – Gray/Olive…

FLASH JUJU

FLASH JUJU – Charlie Craven…

HOOK:  TMC 2488, #18 – #22

THREAD: Tiemco 16/0 , White – Under Abdomen / Tiemco 16/0, Black – Thorax forward

ABDOMEN: Two strands of Olive Superhair, 1 strand Black Superhair

THORAX: 1 strand 1/100″ Micro Opal Flashabou over Black thread

WING CASE/BUDS: Dun Fluoro Fiber

Charlie Craven new addition to the JuJu series. This one is not up on the Flybox site yet. Some of his other JuJu patterns may be found HERE. They have been very productive for me where large populations of Midges are found…Mat JUJU FLASH

Materials FLASH JUJU…

JUJU FLASH GRP

FLASH JUJU(s)…

NEXT: More patterns for the Lower Owens River through Winter

PT/TB

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This is a pattern that just screams for additional research, refinement and creativity…right now, it is what it is…The diving female Baetis actually crawls down rock, boulders, dead falls , protruding detritus and probably, the exposed wader legs of fly fisherman into the water and under rocks to lay their eggs clusters. After mating in the air, they are often joined by the Baetis males…I know of no other species of May fly in which this behavior occurs…RALPH CUTTER has done interesting research into this phenomena… One of my favorite places to use Baetis patterns of ALL types…The Madison River at $3.00 Bridge..lots of rocks…

Female Baetis flies, on the rock…

DIVING BAETIS SPINNER

HOOK: TMC 100, #16-#22 or Daiichi 1100, #16-#22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 sheer, olive or dark Brown

TAILS: Dun Micro Fibetts

EGG SAC: Olive-Yellow or Rusty Brown dubbing

ABDOMEN: Olive or Rusty Brown Goose or Turkey Biot, to match the naturals color

THORAX: Pearl Bead

WING: Z-wing or Tan or Gray raffia ( Swiss Straw)

HACKLE: Starling

This particular rendition is from Allen McGee …it may also be viewed here at WESTFLY– where the egg sac seems to be missing…this pattern is best presented on a tight line and dead drifted…the spinners are washed away after completing their mission and won’t be returning to the surface, unless pushed there by the current…

DIVING BAETIS SPINNER (TOP VIEW)…

Here is some interesting additional information on the Baetis species that hatch on the Madison River in Montana from Reel Fly Fishing

This guy was doing some very successful Tout fishing of his own, one morning on the Madison…I was using Baetis, he was using his beak and talons,  diving from 150 + feet off the river…

NEXT: Split Case, Emerging Baetis Nymph

PT/TB


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