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Callibaetis Mayflies, hatch matching patterns
|Pheasant Tail Nymph||Callibaetis Sparkle Dun||Callibaetis Cripple|
|Pheasant Tail Flashback||Hackle Stacker Dun||Callibaetis Thorax|
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|Callibaetis Mayflies are delicate, beautiful creatures that inhabit many different kinds of lakes. They are very important to fly fishers because they are prolific and available to the trout as food nearly year round. Callibaetis mayflies belong to the Baetidae family of mayflies. Most Baetidae are multi brooded. Baetidae nymphs mature exceedingly fast|
and several generations can emerge within a single season. Baetidae
nymphs are strong swimmers.
They are also very active, flitting from place to place much of the
time. This activity makes them available to trout and easy to mimic
with flies. Colors of nymphs tend to shift with the color of the
lake bottom, however most are brown tones. A slim dressed Pheasant Tail Nymph is
the most widely used pattern. It can be very productive when fished
near the bottom and retrieved with short, sharp strips. Hatches can start in early April on low
elevation lakes and continue through October at high elevations. Normal
hatch time is a two hour period mid to late morning. Cold days can
produce hatches as late as mid-afternoon. The largest Callibaetis
hatch early in the season and the smallest in the fall.
During the spring months, gasses form between the skin of the nymph and the body of the forming adult insect inside. The wing pads and back of the nymph often turn shiny with internal gas bubbles. These bubbles gradually build and will eventually make the nymph so buoyant that it is carried to the surface where it will hatch into a dun. For a period the buoyant nymphs will try to swim back to the bottom to hide in the vegetation. This up and down activity can attract a lot of attention from patrolling trout. Try fishing a Flashback Pheasant Tail or Thin Shin Nymph with a floating line, long leader prior to the suspected hatch. A strike indicator and a slow strip and pause retrieve can do the trick.
When Callibaetis hatch, the nymph rises to the surface where it bumps into the meniscus. Here it hangs with only the hump of the thorax breaking though the surface. Normally within seconds the thorax splits and the adult emerges. Cold or cloud cover days will slow the hatching process and usually provide the best fishing. Often during the start of the hatch the trout target floating nymphs and emerging duns. At this stage loop wing emergers or sparkle duns can provide great success. After the dun slips out of the nymph, it rides on the surface of the water until the wings are dry enough to carry it aloft. During later stages of the hatch, most of the mayflies that are available to the feeding trout are fully hatched. Our favorite dry fly is the Callibaetis Loop Wing Parachute. After leaving the water, the duns fly to the shore-side vegetation where they molt and turn into the reproductive adults or spinners. Be sure to have several Callibaetis Spinner patterns in your fly collection.
This is the most popular pattern for simulating Callibaetis Mayfly Nymphs.
|14906||Pheasant Tail Nymph||12||3 for $4.95|
|14907||Pheasant Tail Nymph||14||3 for $4.95|
|14908||Pheasant Tail Nymph||16||3 for $4.95|
|14975||Pheasant Tail Nymph||18||3 for $4.95|
This is a very popular pattern that looks like a Callibaetis Mayfly Nymph that is about ready to hatch.
|13685||Pheasant Tail Nymph, Flashback||12||3 for $5.65|
|13686||Pheasant Tail Nymph, Flashback||14||3 for $5.65|
|13687||Pheasant Tail Nymph, Flashback||16||3 for $5.65|
As the Callibaetis Mayfly emerges the shuck will trail behind the newly emerged dun. This pattern is a low floating dry fly with an Antron shuck.
|11116||Callibaetis Sparkle Dun||14||3 for $6.75|
|15796||Callibaetis Sparkle Dun||16||3 for $6.75|
Stacker Sparkle Dun
This is the Callibaetis May fly as it is sliding out of or is trapped in side the nymphal shuck.
|MFS0048||Callibaetis Hackle Stacker Sparkle Dun||14||3 for $6.75|
|MFS0037||Callibaetis Hackle Stacker Sparkle Dun||16||3 for $6.75|
Some nymphs expire before they are able to clear their nymphal shuck. They slowly die while part below and part above the surface film. This fly can be very useful both during and after the hatch as scavenging trout glean the surface of crippled emergers.
|15992||Callibaetis Cripple||14||3 for $6.75|
|15993||Callibaetis Cripple||16||3 for $6.75|
This is a very productive pattern and one that is especially productive in off-color lakes or slow moving rivers.
|26-0100-14||Callibaetis Thorax||14||3 for $4.95|
|26-0100-16||Callibaetis Thorax||16||3 for $4.95|
key to success is "understanding". You can never know enough.
Understanding the organisms that trout feed on is one of the keys to catching trout.
The Hatch Guide For Lakes by Jim Schollmeyer
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