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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.


the ORB (Callibaetis Emerger)

So, this is the plan. I am going to experiment this coming season with a Callibaetis nymph/emerger that combines the Stalcup gilled nymph components: ostrich hurl tail and either ostrich hurl abdomen or a ridged biot body (so far I like the ostrich gills) and my Orb concept. The thorax will be a darker, longer ostrich or sparse Ice Dub. I will fish the Orb in the upper strata as an emerger. It could suffice as an all around nymph but at deeper depths the affect of the orb would be negated so I would opt for a buggier thorax of dubbing and feather. As deep as the light penetrates the better the Orb will fish. Light and plants and Callibaetis chain creates food for the trout. The Orb by Gary Muncy, May 2008.


Callibaetis Nymphs & Emerger (Roxy’s,Stalcup’s & the Orb)







Roxy Rainbow Nymph’s and variations of Shane Stalcup’s Callibaetis Nymph (experimenting with materials in the thorax area (ostrich, mallard, gadwall, ice dub).  Also, tying the previously shown Orb emerger. These three nymphs/emerger are going to be my basic Callibaetis presentation (subsurface) for this coming stillwater season.


Orb Experiments (Callibaetis Emerger) see April 9th post

Three ties for a Callibaetis experiment re glowing little orbs just below the surface.  

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