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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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