The Orb (Callibaetis/Mayfly Emerger)

I have written about my creation, The Orb, several times. Before you know it, it will be time to be on the stillwaters and fishing to emerging Callibaetis. This pattern holds the promise to seduce subsurface trout.


I have been asked to post pattern/recipe for The Orb:

Your choice nymph hook; Size 14 (size 16 later in season)

A clear plastic bead strung onto hook

Tail: 3 Ostrich hackles tied in. Wire rib tied in (can be gold or Krystal Flash strand)

Body: 1-2 Ostrich hackles tied in at rear and wound forward to thorax area; wrap wire ribbing over Ostrich body for flash and support.

Thorax: small amount of  light brown UV Ice Dub, dubbed up to clear bead. I have used a couple of other dubbing w/flash but not too much.

Please use Search bar (upper right) and put in The Orb and Callibaetis. I remarked before how I witnessed on East L. (Oregon) the emerging nymphs just below the surface (top foot) hanging-bobbing at angle with just this glowing ‘Orb’ visible. They they emerged very quickly. This gave me the idea of the bead, which should help float the nymph (not too heavy a wire hook). You could go straight to a dry when you see the hatch…or some other emerger-dry type pattern. However, this pattern, with a floating line or an Intermediate would slowly present this pattern in the top several feet at the pre-emergence. Or a floating line with tippet greased to within a foot or less of the fly. Don’t use a metal bead…go light and stay in the zone. Good luck!!   



7 Responses to “The Orb (Callibaetis/Mayfly Emerger)”

  1. 1 Digs71
    May 4, 2013 at 11:11

    The Orb fly is intriguing. What ie millimeter size of the glass bead say for a size 14 ?


    • May 4, 2013 at 11:28

      If I correctly recall, it was either a 2.6mm or 3.0mm. It has been a wonderful fly pattern. Here is another pattern that PlanetTrout pointed out too:


      Mine is a little simpler to tie and fished in the film or teasing it just below the surface with a floating line, greased leader to within 6″ to a foot of the fly is very productive when the Callibaetis are emerging.


      • 3 Digs71
        May 4, 2013 at 11:41

        Thanks. Your blog is awesome. I was raised in Wheeler…down by Tillamook. Out in Virginia now after retiring from USAF. Planet Trout is a tying fool is he not.


        • May 4, 2013 at 12:09

          Thank you! Yes, PT is an very creative and his pictures are improving ever more. I like his experiments this year with UV Blue and Purple. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I know Wheeler from fishing the Nehalem River!


  2. May 1, 2009 at 15:42

    Something about that fly says “killer.” Can’t put my finger on it but the “Spidey” sense is tingling..


  3. 7 Marc
    April 30, 2009 at 16:37

    Can you send out direction to tying your pattern.


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