the baetis nymph is one of my all time favorite fly for nymph fishing. You find them in many rivers around the globe in different collars and sizes. I like to use them at the end of the season in rivers that are heavily fished, the fish are caught a few times and get spooked very fast. At this point you have to come up whit something better than the usual nymphs, now I think the semi realistic nymphs have a big benefit because it looks like a real bug, and the fish simply can’t resist it.
I tie then in very small sizes 14, 16 and 18, I don’t weight the hook with lead or anything else because I tie then that small the nymph would look very bulky if you use any kind of weight. so I weight the line while fishing with a piece of lead or use a heavy nymph above to get the beatis down. I fish them in dead drift with an indicator so you can see every take of the fly. And at the end of the swing just lift your rod tip, many often you get a very aggressive take at this point. I will now show you one of my flies who has caught many big fish.
Now let’s start tying.
Hook Partridge K14ST, size 14 is use for this fly.
Tails: synthetic paintbrush fibers.
Body and wing cases: small nymph skin transparent.
Rear wing case: brown goose biots.
Legs: porcupine hair.
Breathing gills: pieces of grey poly yarn.
Dubbing: SLF nr 8 (brown).
Color: promarker brown.
Place the hook in the vise and put up your thread.
Now we made our self a new tool, take one of your hackle pliers and weight it whit some casting lead, this tool is for keeping tension on the nymph skin during the tying process.
Make three overlapping turns with the nymph skin and put the weighted pliers on the nymph skin to keep the tension.
Close up, three wraps with the weight on.
Take a piece of poly yarn and take out a small piece.
Make 5 pieces of the yarn from about 4 cm, tie them in whit figure eight wraps and pull it backwards.
Now make an overlapping turn with the nymph skin and let it hang with the weight on.
Take another piece of yarn and tie it in the same way.
Make the turn again with the nymph skin and the weight on.
Now go on until you have all 5 pieces of yarn tied in, at this point you can cut off the nymph skin.
Now spread the yarn and pull to the sides of the body.
Tie in two goose biots with the point down.
Now tie in your earlier cut off nymph skin.
Put on a little bit of fine brown SLF dubbing.
Take two porcupine hairs who have equal thickness en determine the length that you want by putting your nail in them to make a bent, this way the have the same length and are easy to tie in.
Tie them in as showed on the picture.
Now fold over the nymph skin and tie down.
Tie down the nymph skin to the hook eye.
Put on again a bit of dubbing.
Now tie in again to legs from porcupine.
Now make the head by putting the nymph skin back and tie down.
And the legs again in the middle.
Make the last wing case.
Cut of the nymph skin and tie off here.
Now color the top of the fly brown you can color between the gills by moving them from side to side, with a blender pen you can make some lighter spots.
Bend the legs with pointed tweezers.
It should look like this.
Now grab the gills all together and cut slightly downwards.
The end result your fly should now look like this.
Enjoy the tying, if you run up to any problem you can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org