Archive for July 3rd, 2008


Callibaetis (The Orb & Unrequited Love)

For you guys that still call that stick a pole, not a rod, unrequited love is like what the hell is up with the rejection? Where’s the love? Nary a query. Well in a desperate, attention seeking attempt at self worth, The Orb flaunts her stuff again in a variety of costumes. Still maintaining the ostrich fibers tail and ostrich wrapped body only the thorax changes a little and of course the Orb. Read the earlier postings re gas bubbles, emergers and buoyancy and The Orb will shine. It caught a few fish as a low sleuthing nymph and it will roundly shine when Callibaetis are dancing about beneath the surface, in the surface and departing the surface. As I have previously written, I borrowed Stalcups ostrich tails, and ‘gilled’ abdomen. I have used ostrich here too because the task of wrapping a goose biot still daunts me on smaller flies. I have mixed the ribbing from gold, to copper to green and the thorax has been either darker ostrich, darker, shiny dubbing or dark rabbit. Make the tails as long as the shank. I know by photo’s the head on a Callibaetis nymph is as narrow or narrower than the thorax but here I have fudged in an attempt to make the Orb bead be the primary focus along with the willowy, lifelike tails. So, consider the possibility next time you have a Callibaetis hatch and your reach for the same old Quigley, Klinkhammer, Adams, Bird’s Nest, etc….”I could have used The Orb!!! What the hell’s wrong with me?”  It is a simple fly to tie and it, in its’ preliminary use did pretty good in less than productive circumstances. I think it will be an excellent fly in the upper strata of the emergence and probably lower too. I have posted quite a few items or pics re this pattern if you clear the search box and query Orb, Callibaetis, etc.

Oh, poles are for dancers, rods are for magicians.


Czech Nymphs by Switters B


Czech Nymph:

Hook: Size 12 Scud/Pupa Hook (perhaps a little big but the size and style of most Czech Nymphs)

Thread: Wine, 8/0

Ribbing: 4# Clear Mono

Weight: Tungsten/Lead wire wrapped up shank.

Underbody: Fine dubbing/Kudra fur (you choose clean non-spiked or with guard hairs)

Shellback: Any foilback or plastic pre-cut or cut narrow.

Thorax: Any dark spikey dubbing. Here, I used a dubbing brush from Angling Specialties/Calif.

You know the routine: wrap thread base, wrap lead on and cover with thread, tie in ribbing and foilback, dub abdomen, pull foilback/shellback over dubbed abdomen, wrap ribbing to thorax (keep foilback on top as your rib), keep thorax area thicker than abdomen, pull remaining foilback over to hook eye and secure, a touch of dark permanent marker to foilback over thorax (optional), finish thread head.

The name Czech Nymph seems to overshadow the Caddis Pupa or Scud qualities. Rhyacophyla, Scuds or any sizeable nymph are easily represented by these edible morsels. As I said above in the pattern, the only part that varies is the dubbing you decide to use for the abdomen. Do you want it non-spikey or spikey. It does affect the nymph or scud look. I believe if you click on the pic you can enlarge and zoom to get the details. Please query Czech (CZN) in the search box, upper right, as I have numerous (20+), excellent postings re Czech Nymphing and related links. Search On! Good luck!!

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