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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Wally Wing Callibaetis

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Top View: Wally Wing Callibaetis
We fish a fair number of different mayfly hatches each year but Callibaetis are really starting to become one of my favorites. The hatches tend to be long-lasting, consistent over time and we get into some amazingly beautiful country chasing these guys around each summer. And this Wally Wing style Callibaetis is one of my favorite adult imitations when the fish are taking the dry flies.

Originated by Wally Lutz, the wing tied in this style is surprisingly durable and gives a very accurate profile to feeding fish. The other surprising factor is how well it floats. In the video shown below, in between dressings with Loon Lochsa and some dessicant floatant, I had one pattern last for a solid hour or two and 10 to 15 fish. A big key to that longevity is a barbless hook. Anything that takes more pressure and finagling to get out of a toothy mouth will no doubt take more abuse.
Cutthroat trout dry fly wally wing callibaetis
High Country Cutthroat who fell to a Wally Wing Callibaetis
Front/Side view: Wally Wing Callibaetis

Regardless of how long they last, just tie up a few and have them ready. You can also swap out colors for PMD's, Baetis, Drakes or any other mayfly you find. I'll list some variations below. In the meantime, enjoy a little on-the-water flotation and taste testing.



And of course, if you want to tie some of these up, here are the recipes and tying tutorial video for the Wally Wing Callibaetis dry fly.

Callibaetis Recipe

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Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless - 14     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Gray     
Tails: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Badger Dyed Med Dun     
Wings: Nature's Spirit Teal Barred Flank - Heron Gray     
Body : Nature's Spirit Stripped Wild Turkey Barred Biots - Muskrat Gray     
Thorax: Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing - Natural Light Gray Dun     
Under-Wing: Polish CDC - Blue Dun     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Marc Petitjean Long Loop Trim Scissors     
Petitjean Magic Tool - Micro (sizes #16 and smaller), Regular sizes #14 above     
Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing twister     
Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers - Micro     

Pale Morning Dun Recipe

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Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless - 18     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Light Cahill     
Tails: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Badger Dyed Med Dun     
Wings: Nature's Spirit Teal Barred Flank - Fl. Chartreuse     
Body : Nature's Spirit Stripped Wild Turkey Barred Biots - Yellow     
Thorax: Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing - Pale Morning Dun     
Under-Wing: Polish CDC - Yellow     


Other tools from the tutorial:
Marc Petitjean Long Loop Trim Scissors     
Petitjean Magic Tool - Micro (sizes #16 and smaller), Regular sizes #14 above      
Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing twister     
Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers - Micro     


Blue Winged Olive (Baetis) Recipe

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Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless - 18     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Olive     
Tails: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Badger Dyed Med Dun     
Wings: Nature's Spirit Teal Barred Flank - Heron Gray     
Body : Nature's Spirit Stripped Wild Turkey Barred Biots - Gray Olive     
Thorax: Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing - Blue Winged Olive     
Under-Wing: Polish CDC - Blue Dun     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Marc Petitjean Long Loop Trim Scissors     
Petitjean Magic Tool - Micro (sizes #16 and smaller), Regular sizes #14 above      
Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing twister     
Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers - Micro     





2 comments:

  1. Beauty of a fly. What are the pro's and con's of using the barbless hooks? I immediately lean to using a barbed hook, but wow does that hook bend look nasty.

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  2. Based on my experience, a barbless hook is less likely to permanently stick in your face, it's going to slide into a fish mouth more easily than a barbed hook and I find my barbless flies last longer because they're much easier to remove. I haven't seen any evidence of losing more fish than I normally would. So I'm pretty much sold unless the hook I need is not barbless -- in which case, I'll pinch it down.

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