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

$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

$2.99
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou
Dyed Pearl Flashabou

Dyed Pearl Flashabou

$5.99
Daiichi 1550 - Standard Wet Fly Hook
Daiichi 1550 - Standard Wet Fly Hook

Daiichi 1550 - Standard Wet Fly Hook

$5.99