Baetis Cripple

Created by Bob Quigley


"Cripple" patterns represent mayflies that are either just emerging or that got stuck in the shuck while emerging. In either case, the insect isn't going anywhere soon. Trout recognize this vulnerable condition and feed eagerly on cripples when they see them. When you're confronted with a blizzard hatch, where your fly is one small speck among hundreds or thousands of natural insects, a cripple pattern is a great way to induce trout to take your fake.

This dressing is in the "Quigley" style and represents a crippled blue-winged olive (Baetis) mayfly.


Blue-winged olives come in body colors that range from olive to brown. Choose a color that matches the insects available to trout when and where you are fishing.

How to Fish

Dress the front half of the fly (only) with floatant and use standard dry fly presentations.

HOOK: 1X Fine wire, Standard shank, Turned-Down eye; e.g., TMC 100 or equivalent; sizes 16-20


TAIL: Pheasant tail fibers

ABDOMEN: Wrapped pheasant tail fibers

THORAX: Olive or brown Superfine dubbing

WING: Tan deer hair

HACKLE: Olive grizzly