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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Aero Baetis v 2.0

A Solid Mayfly Nymph

Since I first featured and did a tutorial on the original Aero Baetis here almost three years ago (crazy how time flies) and true to form on most any pattern I work with, I've come to tweak a few aspects of the fly that I feel make it an even better performer.

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The first major change was the hook. I've become less a fan of the 200R style hooks with the small gap and long bend like that. I don't think the shape and small gap give me much more than a stronger, larger gaped hook. Granted, they give you an awesome natural-looking shape to a finished fly and as I've heard some people mention, the smaller tapered gap might serve to obfuscate the overall hook shape. But given that any fish taking a fly will have to ignore the ginormous hook appendage coming out of the insect's butt, I find myself tying more in wider gaped hooks and not worrying about that little aspect of it. Plus, getting beads on those hooks can be a nightmare.

I also updated the body and ribbing material to something less bulky and more flashy. The thorax is now a half-and-half natural/synthetic material in the Hare'e Ice Dub -- one of my favorite nymph dubbings.

And not only does this style nymph play well as a Blue Winged Olive nymph, I use it almost as often for PMD nymphs and Callibaetis nymphs. You just need to swap out the appropriate colors and mess with sizing a bit.

Material List

Hook: Daiichi 1550, #14-#18 (+)
Thread: Danville 70 Denier, Olive (+)
Thread 2: Danville 70 Denier, Fl. Orange (+)
Bead: 2mm Tungsten (2.4 on #14), Black Nickel (+)
Tail: Coq De Leon Tailing Fibers, Med Dun  (+)
Body: Veevus Holo Tinsel, Med, Brown (+)
Ribbing: Dyed Pearl Flashabou, Olive (+)
Thorax: Hare'e Ice Dub, Olive Brown (+)
Wing Case: Nymph Skin, Bronze/Tan - Clear (+)
                   or Fino Skin, Brown (+)

Other Tools, materials:
Loon UV Fluorescing Clear Fly Finish (+)
Stonfo Combo Comb/Brush (+)


  1. Looks real good. Have you ever fished it in the East, maybe PA?

    1. Yeah, lots of good feedback on it from all over the place really. We've actually got lots of traction in PA...

  2. Oops. Is the dubbing 50% Hareline olive brown rabbit mixed with Hareline olive/brown Ice Dub? Like I said, it looks nice.

    1. No, it's Hareline Hare'e Ice Dub. This:

  3. Replies
    1. No, it's a mixture of Hareline Dubbin and Ice Dub. They package it and call it Hare'e Ice Dub. This stuff:

  4. Okay, straight ice dub.I see it now.

  5. What material would you use for the PMD

    1. This one here actually works great as-is for a PMD.

  6. You wouldn't tweak it at all for Eastern sulfurs?