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Pattern Charlie's Callibaetis Nymph
Charlie's Callibaetis Nymph
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Category Nymphs
Entered Tue, 31 May 2005
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Hook: TMC 2312 #12-18 Thread: Tan 8/0 Tail: Natural wild turkey tail feather fibers Rib: 6X Mono Shellback: Mottled Bustard Thinskin Underbody: Callibaetis Superfine Dubbing Abdomen: Tan ostrich herl Wingcase: Mottled Bustard Thinskin Thorax: Callibaetis Superfine Dubbing Legs: Hungarian Partridge Body Feather
Pattern Description
Callibaetis are long, slender mayflies common to stillwaters and slow moving water across Colorado and other western states. The nymphs begin emerging in the late spring and early summer. These nymphs are characterized by their oversized gills along the sides of their abdomens. Stillwater mayflies exhibit these large gills especially, because it takes more gill to get air out of still water than it does moving water. Just a little entomological tidbit there for ya;-) This little callibaetis nymph is the product of combining features from several other patterns I like to use. I prefer to sight-fish this pattern to trout cruising the edges of a lake or pond on a long leader tapered to about 4X or 5X. I sometimes add a 2mm gold tungsten bead to this pattern, in case the fish are cruising a little deeper and the weight is required to get the fly quickly to their level. I really strive to keep this pattern thin, as the naturals are very slight and the closer your pattern matches, the better off you are. I also tie this pattern in other colors, to match the local bugs. I have seen calibaetis in colors ranging from almost white to dark olive and brown, and even some with a definite orange tint, so don't forget to add some color variations to your box. This is another quick and easy pattern to tie, and it's incredibly durable as well. Tie a few up and see what happens this spri...the callibaetis are coming!!!