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This is Charlie Craven’s Purple Jujubaetis, developed three years ago as an offshoot of the original Jujubaetis. Charlie’s flies –  JUST CATCH FISH… According to a great article Walter Wiese wrote for  Flyfishing & Tying Journal, “Charlie (Craven) suggests fishing the Purple Jujubaetis under gray skies or during rain and snow storms, in other words, when Baetis mayflies are most active”.


This pattern was developed as an experiment, but after Charlie’s son tried it out on Colorado’s Blue and other Colorado rivers and received rave reviews, he started production tying them. It is suggested to fish this pattern in tandem with an imitative pattern. Charlie says this pattern usually wins out…


HOOK: TMC 2488, # 16 – # 22

THREAD: (Abdomen)- 74 Denier White…I used Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer, White

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer, Black

TAIL: Mottled Brown India Hen neck fibers

ABDOMEN: Two strands purple and one strand Blue Super Hair, over tapered White thread underbody

WING CASE/ LEGS: Brown Fluro Fiber or similar synthetic

FLASHBACK: Medium Opal Mirage Tinsel

THORAX: Black thread

COATING: Five minute epoxy (optional)

* Note: I tie this pattern using Black Holo Tinsel for the Flashback and also with Black Midge, Krystal Flash for the Flashback and legs…

Here is Charlie Craven’s excellent tutorial for the Jujubaetis

“Hey Michael, I got a new Baetis pattern for you to try!!!”…disnterested DOG and BOY on the Lower Owens River…

MORE BWO’s /BAETIS coming…


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Charlie Craven is a Colorado tier and Fly Shop owner who has greatly influenced my tying. Here is a very simple Pat Dorsey Stonefly design that Charlie recently put up utilizing chenille and flexi floss. If one has not discovered “Charlie’s FlyBox”, then a wonderful resource of tested patterns has been missed. One of these days, I hope to get around to including most of the flies that Charlie has featured into MY fly boxes…


Materials and sequenced steps for this fly may be found here:



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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

PT/TB :rain:

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