03
Jul
08

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.


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