Posts Tagged ‘BWO Nymphs’

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PHOTO: “BAETIS” – John Jurasek, Blue Ribbon Flies Newsletter

The prolific little bugs that love to hatch on overcast, blustery, rainy, snowy, miserable and memorable days on waters everywhere. I LOVE these guys…



Hook: TMC 2487, Diiachi 1130, #16-24 (Fall SMALL)

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, olive or gray

TAIL: Three olive or brown Pheasant tail fibers

Rib: Gold Largutan extra fine wire

ABDOMEN: Wapsi thread, Olive Brown

THORAX: SLF Prism ,Olive Brown, picked out

WINGCASE: Black Krystal Flash or Firefly

BEAD: Gold

I have used this fly on the Owens, Hot Creek and The East Walker River in the Fall with success by fishing it deep prior to a hatch, The black KF version works best trailed off an emerger – about 12′ of tippet material off the bend…


John Barr’s BWO Emerger…

HOOK: TMC 101, # 16 – # 24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Gray

TAIL:Dun Hen Hackle fibers, clipped

ABDOMEN: Stalcups BWO Dubbing

THORAX: Adams Gray Superfine or Muskrat Gray

WINGCASE/ LEGS: Bunch of Dun Hen Hackle tied over, evenly separated and tied back

John Barr developed this pattern a long time ago – it still works. Fish it deep or through the water column. I sometimes pull Black KF over the top above the hen hackle to give the fly a sight hump. The hen hackle fibers are retained for legs…


Foam Baetis Emerger…

HOOK: TMC 100, #18-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive or Gray

TAIL/SHUCK: Olive or Olive Brown Zelon

RIB: Largutan, Gold, extra fine wire

ABDOMEN: Olive or Natural Pheasant Tail

THORAX: Dk. Olive ,Stalcup’s Baetis dubbing, picked out

WINGCASE/TAG: Razor Foam, Gray

This is a good flat water, stuck emerger. I use it along edges on the Owens and on waters where the Trout are in the tipped back sipping mode – picking off easy prey. I find this on really cold days when it takes a little longer for the bugs to get off the surface film…


Pheasant Tail…

HOOK: TMC 3761, #16-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Brown

TAIL: Natural Pheasant Tail Fiber or Olive

RIB: Largutan, Gold, Extra Fine or XSM Wapsi Wire, copper

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, natural or Olive

THORAX: Peacock Herl, SLF Prism ,Olive Brown,Arizona Peacock (natural), Ice Dub, Olive Brown,Ostrich Herl- Olive, Brown and Dark Gray

BEAD: Gold or Copper

WINGCASE/ LEGS: Pheasant Tail Fibers, pulled over and separated, Natural or Olive

This is the American standard. Through the years, I have tied it using different kinds of materials for the thorax. With the arrival of Dyed Pheasant Tail, I have tied it in Black, Red, Yellow and Green…get the picture? IT SLAYS…


EthaDun BWO Parachute…

HOOK: TMC 100, #16-#24, TMC 102Y, # 17- #21

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive, Brown, Gray

TAIL: Microfibetts, color to match thread

ABDOMEN: Turkey or Goose Biot, fringed- tan, olive, gray

THORAX: Flyrite, Super Fine or Stalcups – Lt. Olive, Dk. Olive, Olive/ Brown, Brown/Olive

HACKLE: Premium Dun

WING: Ethafoam or Evazote – Gray or colored Gray

One of my favorite dry patterns. I don’t use dries a lot. I learned early on from Georges Odier that 90% of the time, Trout feed below the surface. However, there is just something irresistible about dry fly fishing and this pattern floats well and produces…


GRHare’s Ear…

HOOK: TMC 3769 #16-#20, Diiachi 1560, #16-#18, TMC 100, #16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Gray, Olive, Brown

TAIL: Stiff Hare’s Ear – from Mask

RIB: Gold Mylar Tinsel, SM

ABDOMEN: Fur from a hares mask # 3

THORAX: Spiky, darker Hare’s Mask Fur # 4

WINGCASE: Mottled Turkey Tail Fiber Section

This is another Standard pattern. I tie this pattern in Natural, Olive, Dun and Black. The first there colors work well for Baetis / BWO’s. They are all in their appropriate slots in my Nymph Boxes. Here is a good tutorial from Hipwader on this essential fly… I do not use weight for smaller patterns…

Hipwader Tutorial GRHE


Quasimodo Pheasant Tail…

HOOK: TMC 2487, #16-#24, Diiachi 1130, # 16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Brown

TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers- Natural,Olive,

RIB: Gold Largutan, extra fine wire or Wapsi xsm Copper wire

ABDOMEN: Pheasant Tail Fibers, Natural or Olive

THORAX: Peacock Herl, Peacock SLF Prism, Arizona Peacock, Ice Dub Olive/Brown

WINGCASE/ LEGS: Pheasant Tail Fibers, pulled over, separated and tied back. Black, Pearl or Peacock KF works too!!!

BEAD: Gold or Copper

Kinda’ looks like Charles Lawton…This is an alternative to the classic PT. Hunched and curved it gives the impression of SQUIRMY in the water column. Jeremy Davies swears by this hook and it’s heavier versions for the holding capability …Works for me…


BWO Emerging Dun…

HOOK: TMC 2487,#16-#24, Diiachi 1130 #16- #24, Mustad C49S ,#16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive, Brown, Gray

TAIL: Zelon, Olive/Brown, Olive or Brown

RIB: Optional, Largutan extra fine, Gold

ABDOMEN: Goose or Turkey Biot, Fringed, BWO, Olive, Tan,Gray

WING: Reversed Half Hackle Wing, Premium Dun or Lt. Olive

HACKLE: Premium Dun or Grizzly Dun, clipped at bottom

This FLY catches fish. It has a great profile, hangs like an emerger should and floats in every condition except the roughest water. I came across this pattern years ago and finally worked up the gumption to deal with the wings. After a number of tries, it became easy..try some, the fish like it…


HOOK: TMC 1oo. #18-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Olive or Gray

TAIL/ SHUCK: Amber or Gold Zelon

ABDOMEN: Sm. amount of Gray Superfine or Stalcup’s BWO Dub for #18-#20, Thread for smaller ties

THORAX: Small amount of Gray Superfine or Stalcup’s Baetis or BWO Dubbing

WING: Med. Dun Hi-Vis, Upright, spread with fingernail, clipped in back

HACKLE: Premium Dun

Notice the 7X Mono in the eye…this fly produced for me on a wet, windy, cold day on the Wild Trout section of the Owens River. No one else was there but me and the Trout…


Freezing rain on the Owens, GOOD Baetis/BWO conditions…


Glass Bead Emerger…

HOOK: TMC 200R, # 16-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Olive Brown or Gray

BEAD: Glass Metallic or Pearl

TAIL: Pheasant Tail fibers

ABDOMEN: Goose or Turkey Biot, fringed, Tan, BWO, Olive or Gray

THORAX: Fly-Rite mixed with Hare’s Ear or Muskrat, picked out

WING: Mallard Flank, Gray or Lemon Wood Duck, posted and covered by dubbing

This is a very good soft water fly pattern. I use HYROPHOBE on the thorax section of the fly ONLY. If it tilts over, no matter, the fish rise to it anyway. Lots of fun with this on The East Walker River…


Starling BWO…

HOOK: Alec Jackson, North Country, # 17-#19, TMC 3761 #18-#20, TMC 2488, #18-#24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/o, Gray, Olive or Benecchi, 12/0 ,Tan

RIB: Largutan extra fine wire, Gold

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

THORAX: Muskrat dubbing

HACKLE: Starling

I enjoy swinging soft Hackles. This is an easy tie and the fishees seem to like it anywhere it drops in…


Silver Wing Case PT…

I include this fly, which has a silver Mylar wing case, because one day – on The Madison River, above $3.00 Bridge, at about 6AM in Mid-September, I hooked six of the largest Browns and Rainbows that I have ever brought to a net …on this fly in size # 20…

set-3-honey-04 In THIS SPOT – On the Madison River

I don’t remember when or why I was inspired to tie this particular fellow. This is the same fly…hook not bent…go figure…


Tan Biot KF Emerger…

HOOK: Diiachi 1560, #16-#18, TMC 3761, # 16-#20, TMC 2488, #16-#24

Thread: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Tan

Tail: Olive or Amber Zelon

RIB: Optional. Largutan, extra fine Gold Wire

THORAX: Olive Ostrich Herl

WINCASE/ LEGS: Peacock, Pearl or Black Krystal Flash

This is my favorite Fall BWO/ Baetis Emerger. I fish it deep with twist-ons…It has worked like a charm here:


The Owens River, below Five Bridges…








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Along with October Caddis, it is approaching that time of year when Baetis/BWO’s become the dominant (Mayfly) species that begin to hatch in early Fall. They decline in activity as temperatures fall dramatically and then, magically reappear on warmer, overcast days during the Winter. Spring brings them back in force… On the Owens River, I have walked a mile or two (upstream and down) and found Baetis/BWO’s which are a different size and color coming off the water. I carry MANY variations. I have posted a number of these patterns including these, which are some of my favorite Baetis patterns:

mike-owens-fallMichael, working up a run, Owens River, Fall…осень


The Owens Emerger is a good surface film pattern used as a trailer or with a small BB size tuft of yarn 6 inches above the fly. I use Enrico Puglisi “ Powerfull” tippet material for fishing dries and film emergers.

I have recently been using Stroft GTM which my son Michael brought home from a trip to Paris, with excellent results. For fishing deep, my flurocarbon is always Seaguar.

Hook: Diiachi 1130, TMC 2487, # 16-#18 (20-24 in Fall)

Thread: Gordon Griffiths grey or olive
Tail/shuck: olive brown ice dub
Abdomen: Stalcup’s BWO goose biot/(Tan and light Gray in Fall)
Rib: Largutan fine gold wire
Thorax: Arizona Peacock hares ear
Wing: White sparkle emerger yarn

I also find this pattern , fished deep and all the way through the water column to the surface film – to be very usefull:



This fly is a killer pattern in sizes # 18 & # 20 on the Wild Trout section of the Owens River near Bishop, CA – especially in the early spring.

Thread: Gordon Griffiths brown or olive
Hook: Diiachi 1560 or TMC 3761 # 16-20 (22-24 in Fall)
Tail: Olive Zelon straight or kinky
Abdomen: Stalcup’s BWO goose biot (Tan and light Gray in Fall)
Rib: Largutan fine gold wire
Thorax: Olive ostrich herl
Wingcase/legs: Black crystal flash

I fish this pattern deep with twist–ons or higher in the water column with appropriate weight. It may also be fished just under the surface film as a trailer/dropper.


THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Brown, Black or Tan

HOOK: TMC 2488H or 2488 #16-24

SHUCK: Brown Mayfly Zelon

RIB: Wapsi XSM gold wire

ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s PREMO goose biot, tan (not fringed!)

WINGPAD: 6 strands, pearl FIREFLY

THORAX: Arizona Peacock, Pheasant Tail

I got this idea from Craig Matthew’s Micro Madison Baetis. Again, a little tweak of the pattern for Fall Baetis hatches on Eastern Sierra waters. This one has generated some nice fish for Michael and myself in late October, when the frost stays a little longer on the ground here:
The Owens River in Fall…


HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
TAIL: Pheasant tail Fibers
UNDERABDOMEN: Uni 8/0 white thread
ABDOMEN: Superhair, 1 Black, 2 Clear Strands
WINGCASE: Pearl Flasabou ( or, Black KF)
GILLS: White Flurofiber, Antron, Zelon ( small amount)


THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, olive

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18-24

SHUCK: Light olive Zelon

ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s goose biot, BWO (fringed or not)

WINGCASE: Olive Raffia (swiss straw)

THORAX: Stalcup’s BWO dubbing

UNDER WINGCASE: Green Krystal Flash

LEGS: Olive Zelon, crinkled, half strand

This pattern was designed by a young student at Montana State University in Bozeman. It appeared in one of the premier FF Mags. in 2004. IT KILLS!!! He is going to be an accomplished pattern designer…


HOOK: Daiichi 1560, # 16-18 or TMC 3761 #16-20
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Olive
TAIL: Olive Pheasant Tail Fibers
ABDOMEN: Wapsi UTC 70 DK. Olive/ Tan for Fall
RIB: Chart. Wapsi wire XSM/ Copper Brown for Fall- SM
WINGPAD: Dk. Brown or Black Goose Biot
THORAX: Olive Brown Ice Dub or SLF Prism, Olive Brown
BEAD: Copper Metal or Tung

I developed this fly for the East Walker River as an alternative to the “Tailwater Tiny”.I also tie this in brown too. It works REAL good…


Batwing Baetis

Hook: TMC 2487, Diiachi 1130 ,16-20

Thread: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Brown

Tail: Dun hen neck 4-6 fibers

Abdomen: BWO Goose Biot, Tan works well too.

Thorax: Medium Brown Beaver Dub

Bead: x-sm glass, gun metal for 18 & 20

Wing: Fluffy, soft barbs at the base of Dun Hen Neck feather ( tied over thorax & bead convex side up -then tied down behind the eye of the hook).

This pattern appeared in Flyfishing and Flytying Journal about three years ago. It reminds me of the “Wonder Baetis” developed on the Bighorn. I have used this pattern in # 18 & 20 on the lower Owens in the spring. It is a fish catching machine below Five Bridges. This pattern may be modified to match many Mayfly hatches and it is huge success in Ozark tailwaters.


HOOK: TMC 2488, #18-22
THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0, Black
TAIL: Pheasant Tail Fibers
UNDERABDOMEN: White uni 8/0
ABDOMEN: Superhair, 1 Clear, 1 Black
WING: Clipped Partridge, Natural
BEAD: Glass Gunmetal

Variation on Charlie Craven’s pattern. I use this as a trailer behind a Snowshoe Baetis in the Spring and Fall, Both flies take fish…


More Baetis patterns may be found here:


I will be adding additional BWO/ Batetis patterns in a week or so, thanks Ally


Where Ally gets her “good Looks”… it is in the DNA…




Maybe her MOTHER too….

…and remember what Gary LaFontaine asked in his new book ” La Fontaine’s Legacy – Pg. 18: “Did you ever see a BWO spinner fall?” And, the answer is? …RIGHT HERE: WESTFLY

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Some stuff I’ve been messing with. I use these patterns more than any other. Somewhere, every day of the year, these bugs will be present- trout prefer them and they will generally take these guys in multiple hatch situations…


Michael and Ally approve….two critics as harsh as TROUT!!!


BWO SnoShu Pull Over:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130, #16-#20

Shuck: Brown Zelon

Abdomen: Stalcup’s BWO Goose Biot, fringed or Flat

Thorax: Olive Beaver

Wing: Dun Snow Shoe Hare, pulled over thorax

Good slow water, hanging body pattern. I prefer Snow Shoe hair to CDC. It ties up well on small patterns, floats extremely well and doesn’t matte and collect dirt like CDC…


BWO SnoShu Sparkle Dun:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Brown

Hook: TMC 100 or Daiichi 1130, # 16-#22

Shuck: Dun Zelon

Body: Stalcup’s BWO Micro Dub

Wing: Dun Snow Shoe Hair, clipped and pulled down at sides into a fan

Another good flat water fly. The wing is easier to tie and more durable than deer hair…


Bat Wing Baetis:


Bat Wing Baetis (Top View):

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Gray or Olive

Hook: TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130, #16-#20

Tail: Dun Hen Hackle Barbs

Abdomen: BWO or Olive Goose Biot ( I use Stalcup’s)

Wing: Fluffy, butt end of a Dun Hen feather, mounted convex side up and pulled over Abdomen and Bead

Abdomen: Brown or Dk. Tan Beaver

Bead: Gun Metal Glass or Black Metal

I put this pattern up earlier. This is a better photo and the top view may assist in understanding how it is tied. This fly has accounted for more Trout than any other except for the KF Emerger, whih is one of the first patterns I put up. I fish this fly from the bottom to the top of the water column…it bangs ’em all the way…


BH Krystal Flash BWO:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

Hook: TMC 2488, #16-#22

Bead: Metallic Glass, x-sm

Shuck: Dun Zelon

Abdomen: 4-6 Strands of Olive and Black Krystal Flash, twisted into rope

Thorax: Peacock SLF Prism

Wingcase: 6 Strands Black Krystal Flash

Leg: Partridge, I cut out a V section in feather, tie in and pull KF over

A great searching pattern prior to a BWO/Baetis hatch. Colors may be changed to meet local inhabitants!!!


KF Baetis Nymph:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 2457 or Daiichi 1120, #16-#20

Tail: 3-6 Dun Hen Hackle Fibers

Abdomen: 4-6 Strands Peacock/Rusty Brown or Olive/Black Krystal Flash, twisted into a rope

Wingcase: 6 strands Black Krystal Flash

Thorax: Dk. Brown Hare’s Ear, picked out

A Rick Hafele pattern that really works!!! I like the Peacock/ Rusty Brown for the Owens in the Spring…Bottom to top, it nails Trout…


Brown and Olive KF SnoShu BWO:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Brown

Hook: TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130, #16-#20

Tail: 6-8 Dun Hen Hackle Fibers

Abdomen: Rusty Brown/ Olive Krystal Flash, twisted into a rope, 4-6 strands

Thorax: Dk. Hare’s Ear/ Rusty Brown Antron chopped and mixed

Wing: Dun Snow Shoe Hare

I like to use this pattern in the Fall on the Owens when it seems the Baetis run more to a Tan/Brown color. This came about after using Craig Matthew’s Tommahawk pattern which he originally created for PMD’s on the Madison. That pattern picked up some nice fish, this picked up more…


BH Olive Brown KF LEG Emerger:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

Hook: Daiichi 1560, #16-#18, TMC 3761, # 16-#18

Bead: Copper

Tail: 6-8 Fibers, Mottled Brown, Hen Hackle

Abdomen: Olive Goose Biot

Rib: Danville 6/0, # 47, Tobacco Brown thread

Thorax: Dk. Hare’s Ear

Wingcase/ Legs: 6 strands Black Krystal Flash, pulled over abdomen,tied down, separated and pulled back along sides

Another Fall pattern for the Owens that I fish deep…


BWO Emerger/Biot KF:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Brown

Hook: TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130, #16-#20

Shuck: Olive Zelon

Abdomen: BWO or Olive Goose Biot, Flat or Fringed

Thorax: Arizona Peacock Dub

Wingcase/Legs: 6 Strands Black Krystal Flash, tied in, pulled over and separated

Another flash pattern that I fish through the water column. I have found this pattern useful on the East Walker in the Spring…

cdc-baetis-emergerCDC Baetis Emerger:

Thraed: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130, #16-#20

Shuck: Brown/Olive Zelon, mixed, 12-16 strands

Abdomen: Olive Pheasant Tail

Rib: Pearl Krystal Flash

Thorax: Stalcup’s BWO Micro Dub

Wing: Dun CDC Puffs (2), clipped at an angle

A great emerger pattern for the Owens and East walker when it is freezing, cloudy and buckets of water are pouring out of the sky. KEEP THE WING CLEAN…


Flop Over Baetis…Neal Streeks…

Thread: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Gray

Hook: TMC 101 or Daiichi 1110, #16-#22

Taik: Dun Hackle Fibers

Body: Gray Superfine or other Gray (Adams) Dub /Flyrite poly

Wing: Black Hi-Vis or Enrico Puglisi EP Fibers for existing light conditions (black,pink,orange or white)

A good expended/cripple BWO/Baetis Pattern that came from the Flyfishing & Tying Journal. I like this fly during a hatch along slower water near banks and especially in back eddys. The black wing helps me on cloudy days and yes, it is supposed to drift on it’s side…


Pheasant and Folded Foam (a ‘la McGee):

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

HooK: TMC 5262 #16-#18 or Mustad 9671 # 14-#20

Tail/Shuck: Dun Zelon

Abdomen: Olive Pheasant Tail

Rib: Green Metallic Wapsi Wire, x-sm

Hackle: Grizzly Dyed Dun, Rooster, tied behind wing at an angle

Wing: 2mm furniture packing foam, tilted forward

This is a John Gantner pattern that appears in the Winter 2009 issue of Flyfishing and Tying Journal. I have not used it yet but it looks real “fishy” and based on John Gantner’s rep. I believe it is a winner. The McGee part come from a BWO abdomen that Allen McGee uses for one of his BWO soft hackles. I will report on this flies’ effectiveness later…


Gamma SnoShu Hackle BWO:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: Gammakatsu C15-BV, #16-#18

Shuck: Olive Zelon

Abdomen: BWO Turkey Biot, Fringed

Thorax: Stalcup’s BWO Micro Dub

Hackle: Grizzly Dyed Dun, Rooster

Wing: Dun Snow Shoe Hare


Gamma Olive Biot SnoShu Hackle Baetis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

Hook: Gammakatsu C15-BV, #16-#18

Shuck: Light Olive Zelon

Abdomen: Olive Turkey Biot, Fringed

Thorax: Dark Hare’s Ear

Hackle: Grizzly Dyed Dun, Rooster

Wing: Snow Shoe Hare, Dun

These Gammakatsu hooks are recent arrivals, so I have not had an opportunity to fish these flies. I know exactly where I want to place one in a spot on the Owens…a full report will follow…


GB Hot Creek Baetis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Brown or Black

Hook: TMC 3761, # 16-#20

Bead: Pearl, x-sm

Tail: Partridge Fibers

Abdomen: Blended Dk. Hare’s Mask and Olive Hare’s Mask, 70/30

Rib: Pearl Krystal Flash

Thorax: Same blend as Abdomen with Rusty Brown Angora Goat, Olive Angora Goat fibers Mixed, 70/15/15

Wingcase: 12 strands, sm Black Holo Tinsel

A Yvonne Gaines pattern. She uses the TMC 5263 hook in size # 16 and omits a wing case. I have tweaked it to more emulate a BWO/Baetis. I like her blend choices. We will see how this works…I’ll let Michael try this one – he loves Hot Creek…


Grey Olive SnoShu Puff Baetis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Brown

Hook: TMC 2487 or Daiichi 1130, #16-#22

Shuck: Light Olive Zelon

Abdomen: BWO Goose Biot, Fringed

Wing: Dun Snow Shoe Hare, thick, clipped at an angle

Thorax: Stalcup’s BWO ( Brown/Olive) Micro Dub

This is a floater!! !And, it lasts so much longer than the same pattern with CDC…


Gun Metal HE Baetis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

Hook: Daiichi 1560, #16-#18 or TMC 3761, #16-#18

Bead: Gunmetal

Tail: Brown Hen

Abdomen: Light Hare’s Ear

Thorax: Dk.Hare’s Ear mixed with Rusty Brown Antron, 80/20

Rib: x-sm copper wire

Wingcase/Legs: Black Krystal Flash or Pearl Krystal Flash, 6 strands, tied back and separated

An excellent searching pattern, fished deep…


Hare’n Hen Baetis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Brown

Hook: TMC 3761, # 16-#20

Tail: Mottled Brown Hen

Abdomen: Lt. Hare’s Ear mixed with Rusty Brown Antron, 70/30

Thorax: Dk. Hare’s Ear

Rib: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

Wingcase: 12 strands sm Black, Holo Tinsel

Good Fall Baetis pattern fished through the water column. I sometime use this fly as a trailer behind a Seal Bugger…


Matthew’s Sparkle Dun BWO:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Gray or Olive

Hook: TMC 900BL

Shuck: Dun or Olive Zelon

Body: Stalcup’s BWO or Olive/Brown Micro Dub

Wing: Coastal Deer Hair, Fanned

Craig Matthews classic slow water pattern…


Mercury GB Baetis:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 200R, #16-#20

Bead: Glass Mercury

Shuck: Light Olive Zelon

Abdomen: Olive Biot, Fringed

Thorax: Olive Hare’s Ear with chopped Olive Antron, 70/30

Wingcase: 2 strands Geen Krystal Flash covered with Olive Swiss Straw (Raffia)

Legs: Olive Zelon

A Rocky Mountain fly that has caught several fish for me on the East Walker…heh,heh…


ML’s Floating DH BWO :

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Gray

Hook: TMC 100, #16-#20

Shuck: Brown Zelon( over entire body, helde in place by ribbing)

Rib: Largutan, fine copper wire

Abdomen: Pheasant tail Fibers

Thorax: Stalcup’s BWO Micro Dub

Wingcase: Natural Deer Hair ( Coastal)

Mike Lawson’s classic floating BWO. I also tie it with Olive Zelon, Olive Pheasant tail and green metallic wire…


Owens Red Thread BWO Nymph:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

Hook: Daiichi 1130, #18-#22

Tail: Pheasant tail Fibers (3)

Abdomen: Lt. Olive uni. 8/0

Rib: Largutan fine Copper wire

Bead: 1/16 Copper

Abdomen: Olive Hare’s Ear – picked out

Wingcase: 6 strands Black or Pearl Krystal Flash

Collar: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Red

Every so often, those picky Browns in the Owens River go for something with a touch of red in it, I created this for those occasions…


CB Hare BWO:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Brown

Hook: Daiichi 1130 #18-#22

Bead: 1/16 Copper

Tail/Shuck: Brown/Olive Zelon

Abdomen: Hare’s Ear – Medium (#3)

Rib: Wapsi, x-sm red wire

Abdomen: Dk. Hare’s Ear

Wingcase: 6 strands Black or pearl Krystal Flash

Something else with a hint of red for Mr. Brown…


SnoShu Sparkle Dun:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Olive

Hook: TMC 2488, #16-#20

Shuck: Olive Zelon

Shuck: Olive Goose Biot, Fringed

Abdomen: Rainbow Sow Scud dubbing mixed with Olive Antron (chopped) 50/50

Wing: Dun Snow Shoe Hare

Surprise for big Browns, love this hook it’s gap, it’s strength….


Wyatt’s Deer Hair Emerger BWO:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Black

Hook: Daiichi 1130, #16-#18

Abdomen: Olive Hare’s Ear

Rib: Uni. 8/0, Black -tied in mid hook

Thorax: Spiky Olive Hare’s Ear, picked out

Wing: Deer Hair (Coastal)

Bob Wyatt’s DHE. Only wing and thorax should be treated with flotant. Abdomen hangs below the surface film. I’ve used this on the East Walker, below the dam with some success….

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