Pale Baetis Nymph

Created by Jeff Morgan


Imitates nymphs of blue-winged olives. For more about this fly, see the article Tiny Flies.

How to Fish

In rivers, the fly can be presented near the surface, but it is usually most productive when fished near the bottom on a dead drift with the trout indicator or tight line presentations. To achieve the right depth, you may need to put weight on the leader or use the fly on a dropper with a heavier fly such as a Pupatator on the point. While the fly works well as a searching nymph, it can also be productive during a hatch (more trout than you might suspect are taking nymphs off the bottom rather than duns off the top).

Tying Instructions

1. Debarb hook, place in vise, start thread.

2. Tie in tails.

3. Wrap thin abdomen.

4. Tie in wingcase.

5. Dub thin thorax.

6. Pull over wingcase and tie down.

7. Tie in Antron with figure-8 wraps. Tie down fibers back along thorax.

8. Build small head, whipfinish and trim.

HOOK: Dai Riki 310, size 20-22

THREAD: 8/0 rusty dun

TAIL: Three short widgeon flank feathers

ABDOMEN: Tying thread, perhaps counter-ribbed with iron gray 8/0 thread

THORAX: One or two wraps of pale olive dubbing

WINGCASE: Mottled oak Thinskin

LEGS: Pale olive Antron fibers, sparse