Wally Wing Callibaetis

Curtis Fry - July, 2016

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

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.

Material List
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

$2.99
Swiss CDC MultiClamp
Swiss CDC MultiClamp

Swiss CDC MultiClamp

$44.99
Polish CDC
Polish CDC

Polish CDC

$6.95
Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing twister
Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing twister
Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing twister

Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing twister

$43.99
Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless
Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless

Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless

$12.95
Nature's Spirit Teal Barred Flank
Nature's Spirit Teal Barred Flank

Nature's Spirit Teal Barred Flank

$3.75
Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing
Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing

Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing

$2.95
Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers
Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers
Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers

Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers

$15.25
Dr. Slick Razor Scissors - 5
Dr. Slick Razor Scissors - 5

Dr. Slick Razor Scissors - 5"

$30.25