Archive for April 9th, 2008


Callibaetis Emerger Observations (The Orb)

Last year, I was fishing on Oregon’s East Lake. I was out there around noon in anticipation of the Callibaetis hatch. I was fishing down with an intermediate line with a nymph and picking up fish. There were rises with increasing frequency moving my way some 100′ away.

I glanced down at the surface before me and saw a few little glowing balls. When I looked closer, I could see a medium colored body of an insect beneath this glowing orb and angled slightly downward. With increasing numbers more and more glowing dots appeared just an inch or so below the surface. They hovered there right below the surface and the fish started rising all about me. I continued with the deeper nymph and caught fish, but it was obvious the fish were keyed, for the next fifteen minutes on the hapless nymphs about to emerge right below the surface. And then the hatch was all about me with duns everywhere. So, this pattern is an experiment waiting for June on East Lake or some similar body of water with a Callibaetis hatch.   

Ok, update (4-13-2008) : 

“Early in spring, gasses begin filling the void between the exoskeleton and the body within. As the pressure builds, the exoskeleton starts to swell and the nymph becomes unnaturally buoyant. The exoskeleton stretches thin and radiates a shimmering glow as light reflects from the taught skin and interior gasses. Perhaps to lessen the uncomfortable pressure, the nymph starts crawling upwards. This isn’t happening to a lone individual, but to dozens, hundreds, or perhaps thousands of nymphs at the same time. Up the reeds, and up the rocks, up the stumps, and even up the legs of wading anglers these nymphs migrate toward the sun.” (

 Well, my little nymph/emerger does not look like this, but at least now I understand the glowing orbs I saw….cool! The Orb by Gary Muncy April 2008 will evolve


Diawl Bach~Little Devil (Basic and effective)

This is a simple and effective fly that I have found to be one of my top 3 subsurface flies for lakes in Oregon and BC. Its’ origins are Welsh and I read it was a river fly that has evolved into a popular reservoir fly with many variations. As you see the fly here, it is the standard pattern. I often see it with a medium silver tinsel rib and red thread head. I primarily use a thinner silver or copper wire ribbing for reinforcement of the fragile peacock. Also, if I opt away from the traditional medium brown hackle fibers for the tail and beard, I substitute mallard, teal or partridge. I like the barred appearance. I would not tie this fly on a curved caddis/scud/Cz hook. I think it is best served on a straight shank hook and with a thin body. Use only one or two strands of peacock to avoid an overly plump body. Think slender and a swimmer. Sizes 12-16 have been most beneficial.  Keep this fly simple and unadorned. Spend more time with the presentation and this simple fly will not disappoint.  


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