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[Video] Baetis Wet Flies

Ken Sperry

Posted by Ken Sperry

April 2, 2010

In tonight’s Friday Night Fly Tying Video, Rich Strolis shows us how to tie a Blue-Winged Olive (Baetis) flymph, a cross between a wet fly and nymph.

Why Baetis Wet Flies Work

Baetis are one of the few mayflies that lay their eggs underwater. For this reason, Baetis wet flies are often effective during a hatch as the female adult Baetis returns to deposit her eggs. Baetis wet fly patterns range from traditional winged patterns to soft hackles to flymphs.

How to Fish Baetis Wet Flies

You can fish a Baetis wet fly in the film or just below the surface on a dead drift with a little twitch to imitate an adult female leaving the water after depositing her eggs. You can also fish them a bit deeper more like an emerger. Either way they are fun to fish and very effective later in the day as the hatch kicks into gear.

If you are new to fishing soft hackles or flymphs, give them a go. I think you’ll enjoy how easy and fun they are to fish.


p.s. This video is one in a series on Baetis fly patterns including deep nymphs, floating nymphs, emergers, cripples, duns, wet flies and spinners.