Aero Baetis 2.0

Curtis - February 28, 2016

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.

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 - Standard Wet Fly Hook - 18
  • Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Olive
  • Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Fl. Orange
  • Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Olive - 5/64" (2.0mm)
  • Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Euro Nymph Tailing Pack - Dark Pardo
  • Body: Veevus Holographic Tinsel - Brown - Medium
  • Ribbing: Dyed Pearl Flashabou - 6969 - Olive
  • Thorax: Hare'e Ice Dub - Olive Brown
  • Wing Case: Thin Skin - Gator, Brown/Black
  • Resin: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Veevus Holographic Tinsel
Veevus Holographic Tinsel

Veevus Holographic Tinsel

$3.99
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

$2.99
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Colors

$7.90
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin

Thin Skin

$2.45
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

$17.99
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub
Hare'e Ice Dub

Hare'e Ice Dub

$3.25
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou

Dyed Pearl Flashabou

$6.49
Daiichi 1550 - Standard Wet Fly Hook
Daiichi 1550 - Standard Wet Fly Hook

Daiichi 1550 - Standard Wet Fly Hook

$5.99