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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fripple 2.0

A Mayfly imitation worth a look

The story of the Fripple goes back a number of years to a lazy day on the bank of the river watching the blue winged olives hatch. I noticed that the fish were not keying on the high-floating soon-to-fly-away able bodied adults, but rather on the bugs that we still struggling to leave the surface of the water.

This drove me to the vise and, after a few iterations over the following days, I decided on a spent-wing style imitation. The Fripple has provided me some great fishing over the years in all sizes and colors to cover anything from a drake to a PMD. 

Fast forward a few years and Fripple 2.0 is the mayfly focus these days for me. Coupled with my Aero-baetis, I've got two new solid confidence flies for hitting any mayfly hatch.

Here's a fella that, along with a bunch of his friends this day, slammed the fly all afternoon...

brown trout fripple baetis bwo fly pattern blue winged olive
Brown trout on the Fripple 2.0

Material List

Hook: Daiichi 1160, #14-#18 (+)
Thread: Danville 70 Denier, Olive (+)
Thread 2: Danville 70 Denier, Fl. Orange (+)
Body: Thread
Ribbing: Dyed Pearl Flashabou, Olive (+)
Thorax: Hare'e Ice Dub, Olive Brown (+)
Under-Wing: CDC, Brown Olive (+)
Wing-Post: Snowshoe hare toe fur, Gray Dun (+)
Wing: Medallion Sheeting, Buggy Light Dun (+)

Note: The video shows a slightly older variation. We no longer use the scud back and wire on the body as it tended to not float as well over time. We also swapped out the use of foam for CDC. Use the above recipe with the same techniques shown in the video.                  


  1. Great video and awesome design. You did an excellent job in your step by step instructions. With a few color variations, this pattern could cover a lot of Mayfly hatches.



  2. Where do you get your hare's feet? Bass pro doesn't carry them and I can't find them online.

  3. It's actually really tough to get them right now -- not sure why. You might try ebay

  4. Replies
    1. Yep. Curtis came up with this after many hours of watching mayflies hatch on the river, and seeing when the fish were most likely to strike. There was a direct correlation of rises and the mayfly being in the emergence (or stuck in emergence aka. cripple). That's why this fly doesn't look like many mayfly patterns out there.

      I tied up my A-team baetis and fished it side by side next to the Fripple, and the Fripple beat it's pants off.

  5. Yep absolutely, it's not your standard boring comparadun or sparkle dun that people throw all the time. We've found it outfishes those older traditional patterns on a day-in day-out basis. Give it a try if you have doubts. But be open your mind will be blown... :)

  6. How well does this fly float for you? Do you fish them with the hare wing visible and do they typically float that well? I've tied a few, substituting high-float fibers for the hare and they seem to ride just below the surface film.

    1. Yeah, the wing is relatively visible and the wings also aid in flotation. It definitely doesn't ride on the surface (not intended to), but that's why it works well doubling as a semi-drowned crippled and an emerger as well.

    2. Also, Floatant is a must. I like some type of paste that I mash into the rabbit fibers. If you are too heavy handed with the CCG it adds too much weight too.

  7. do some of them in the upper photo on this page have some flashback tinsel up near the head?? can't tell they are blurry in the photo

    1. Yeah, I'll sometimes sub out small tinsel for the wire ribbing. I will also often use Ice Dub for the thorax area.

    2. nice...pattern is sick...I'm trying to think of some color variation for our dark hendrickson hatch here in Michigan....I think this pattern in a hendrickson variation would fish really well