Posts Tagged ‘callibaetis

07
Oct
15

October frenzy…

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Oregon trout caught/released. Fly pattern: Callibaetis emerger

Cooler temps, and an all day feeding frenzy yielded many encounters with dining Rainbow Trout on an Oregon lake. The day started with Midges (Chironomids) and they kept coming off from early morning until a lull around 5PM. An emergence of the Callibaetis mayfly and a spinner fall added additional action just below the surface with large swirls and porpoising rises. Caddis fluttered about and there was the additional (rarely seen by me) Waterboatmen emerging and later splatting back through the surface film to swim toward the bottom. There was a sense of energy on the part of the fish, I hadn’t seen on recent outings. Colder mornings, geese flying South, foliage turning colors, the sun at a lower angle…not Fall yet, but one senses that late Summer feel.

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A Rainbow Trout caught on a Prince Nymph pattern along the edge of a dense weed bed. Caught/Released

23
Oct
12

Fly Tying: Lil’ Grey Nymph (Simple Gem)

The Lil’ Grey Nymph: I have posted before re this simple fly I came up with (I didn’t want to say ‘designed’) several years ago. I want to point to it again because several times, this past Summer, it was so productive I had to grin and shake my head given the flies simplicity. You can mix up the body color and ribbing color, but keep it sparse and smallish (14-18). Don’t fret over the bushy tail, although it can be trimmed to fewer fibers. Give it a try and let me know if you have success with it. 

 

17
Apr
10

Fly Tying: Early Season Wet

March Brown Wet (SwittersB)

I tied the fly on a size 12 dry fly hook. A little large, but an attention grabber in troubled waters. I tied in a half dozen Zelon fibers for the tail and cut them to the length of the hook’s shank. The abdomen of the fly is not clear in the picture. It is a simple dark olive thread body (6/0). The dark olive thread is tied off and snipped and the red 6/0 thread was tied on and a thorax was dubbed with a hare’s mask and synthetic mix. The hare’s mask was olive and there was a bit of flash to the synthetic material blended in. The hen hackle is dyed dark olive. A couple turns of hackle (I tied this hackle in by the tip and wrapped it forward toward the eye and then tied off and snipped). The thread head was finished off. I would fish this simple pattern with confidence on stillwaters and upon the riffles of streams. It could be equally suitable with a slight color variation for Callibaetis as well.

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.

26
Jun
08

Gray Drake & Callibaetis Duns (photo source)

  http://flyfishcalgary.com/board/lofiversion/index.php?f26.html Good photo’s and discussion forumn on flyfisher’s insects. Information is informative and legit entomologist visit the site to comment and identify insects in photo’s. Above photo is mine from East Lake (Callibaetis) Bottom photo is Gray Drake from FFCalgary site. see also:

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/03/21/siphlonurus-grey-drake-nymph-callibaetis-nymph-similarities/

11
Jun
08

Cope’s Callibaetis Nymph

 

 Two versions of Jim Cope’s nymph for the Callibaetis. The top is the ‘original’ (my original copy cause I was not sure what to use) dressing: coastal deer hair tail, tannish gray Hare’s Ear dubbing (you can include a very fine copper rib, or 2# mono) and a deer hair wing. This is a very good nympy in general. The deer hair tail and wing are less durable (after many fish) than a feather barbs tail (partridge, teal, mallard let’s say) and a antron wing. The next picture is the same pattern except here I tied it with a partridge tail and a CDC wing. The general pattern lends itself to slender swimming nymphs and whatever variation seems fitting for the nymph/insect you are imitating.      

 

09
Jun
08

Callibaetis Mayfly

Condensed info re Callibaetis (the Orb, Roxy, Nymphs in general) in your one stop shopping blog:

 

 https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/06/11/copes-callibaetis-nymph/

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/06/07/the-orb-callibeatis-nymph-or-emerger-presentations/

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/flytying-for-me-presentation-for-the-fish/

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/05/16/the-orb-again/

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/05/12/the-orb-callibaetis-emerger-2/

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/callibaetis-nymphs-stalcups-roxys/

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/05/03/roxy-rainbow-flash-emerger/

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/04/23/stillwater-callibaetis-mayfly/

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/04/14/orb-experiments-callibaetis-emerger/

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/04/09/callibaetis-emerger-observations/

07
Jun
08

The Orb (Callibaetis Nymph or Emerger Presentations)

In fishing the Orb as a Callibaetis nymph or emerger there are a couple observations I want to share. They are perhaps basic to the experienced flyfisher but if you are like me you are still wanting to learn, so here you go: the Callibaetis is light dependent. Penetrating light that fosters plant growth, that creates feed for the nymph and generates the emergence. It is, from my observations, important that you fish where light penetrates, whether ten feet or twenty feet, the penetrating stimulating action. I fish with two rods from a pontoon boat…not as easy when fishing from a tube. I string an Intermediate clear line and a WF floating line. The Intermediate carries the Orb or whatever subsurface fly I search with. The floater carries the dry or emerger. I can easily switch my approach/attack within a minute or so. If I were to only carry one rod or fish from a tube, I would be in the precarious position (which I have done many times) of switching spools. My advice re that: make sure the rod is balanced and remove the spool. Clutch with a grip equal to the spare spool + line’s cost and make sure that the rod is not tip heavy now minus the spool and slips off the edge. Put away the spool and only then secure the other spool you are going to put on. When stringing the line thru the guides make sure to not overly bend the tip while stripping the line up through to avoid breaking a graphite tip (I have done this twice). Operating as one does off the apron of a pontoon boat or float tube is always tenuous and spools, pliers, etc are easily lost.

Back to the Orb…fish it slow, fish is twitchy and seduce/trick/convince that fish. Imagery is everything to presentation..know enough about the emerging nymph and the hours long pre-emergence actions below the surface. Study all the articles on how insects move beneath the surface during pre-emerge or during the emergence and visualize/imagine that during your presentation. Basic, I know, but small details to enhance your experience.   

search this site for additional posts re The Orb and Callibaetis by me. The Orb by Gary Muncy, May 2008.

16
May
08

Callibaetis & The Orb (Again)

From the East Lake Resort (Oregon) website re flyfishing: http://www.eastlakeresort.com/

“Early in spring, gases 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 hundreds, or perhaps thousands of nymphs at the same time. Up the weeds, up the rocks, up the stumps, and even up the legs of wading anglers these nymphs migrate toward the sun.

When these swelling nymphs lose their footing or try to swim, the buoyancy in the trapped gases lifts them away from familiar surroundings and they desperately swim back down to the protective cover. Soon they will lose footing again and once more be buoyed towards the surface and once again the nymph will struggle back down to cover. To the scuba diver this looks like a beautiful dance as showers of glistening nymphs bob up and down over the weed beds. To the trout it looks like breakfast.”

I placed the emphasis on the bold text and as in previous posts re The Orb and my earlier observations during a Callibaetis hatch on Oregon’s East Lake….just let me say this: the roads are nearly open to the lake, the ice is off and the weather has warmed considerably.  June beckons and if all aligns I will be confirming my suspicions on the worthiness of The Orb.  (The Orb by Gary Muncy).  

12
May
08

the Orb Callibaetis emerger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

variations of the callibaetis emerger called The Orb by Switters B. I have common theme of ostrich tail, ostrich abdomen for gills ribbed with wire and a thorax of various components and then the orb bead (some with an underwrap of tinsel beneath the bead and some without).    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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