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Pattern Randy's Baetis
Randy's Baetis
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Category Nymphs
Entered Mon, 24 Jan 2005
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Hook: TMC 101 #16-22 Thread: 10/0 or 8/0 Brown Tail: Hungarian Partridge Body Feather Fibers Rib: Extra-Fine Copper Wire Abdomen: Beaver dubbing, Olive-brown, dark brown or grey Legs: Hungarian Partridge Wingcase: Tyvek sheet, colored black with Sharpie Marker Head/Thorax: Same dubbing as abdomen
Pattern Description
The Randy's Baetis is a pattern from Colorado's own Randy Smith. Randy used to guide up in Cheesman Canyon, back in the day, and has since moved up to the Silverthorne area. Randy is one of the best and most prolific guides I've ever met and his patterns have always had a simple elegance to them that I've come to grow fond of. The Baetis pattern here is a bit of a variation of Randy's original because, as you all know by now; I just can't leave well enough alone. Randy's original varies from this pattern in that both the tail and legs are made out of mallard flank dyed wood duck gold. I tied up a few this way, and while they look great, the light colored tail and legs just didn't seem to fit. I have subbed in Hungarian Partridge for both the tails and the legs, as their grey/brown color and distinct mottling seem to go along with the color scheme of the fly a bit better. The color of the original pattern is sort of an off-khaki color. I used olive, grey and brown beaver dubbing to mix a close approximation for the tutorial fly, but I'm sure you could tie this fly in several other shades and have it produce as well. I'm thinking dark brown, all grey and even all black would be good bets. Play with them and see what you can add too. Randy uses Tyvek sheeting (packing envelope) for the wingcase, which is an ingenious use for this material. Quick, cheap and easy...who doesn't like that? When I look at this pattern I see a sort of RS-II/Pheasant Tail combination fly. If there was ever two flies that would spawn great offspring, these are they!