Callibaetis Nymph

This pattern imitates swimming mayfly that prefer still and slack water along the margins of streams, lakes and spring creeks. Quick flips of their tails propel them in 6-inch bursts. There are 15 species in Western USA and Canada. Fish subsurface with an intermediate line.

Hook:TMC 5262 size 10-18
Thread:Olive or black 6/0 or 8/0 (for smaller flies)
Tail:Barred golden mallard breast feather
Rib:Fine copper wire
Hackle:Grizzly dyed burnt orange, barbs 1 to 1 1/2 hook gap
Body:Peacock herl dyed orange
Overbody:Same as tail

1. Crimp barb.
2. Apply thread mid shank, wrap to rear of shank.
3. Select about 10 to 16 barbs, line up tips, cut from stem. Position on top of shank tips hook length to rear. Tie in place with 3 touching wraps forward. Bend barbs back and make 3 wraps back on them.
4. Position wire on top of shank, butt end near eye, remainder extending to rear. Tie in place.
5. Hold tip of hackle. Stroke remaining barbs against grain. With dull side facing you, tie in at rear of shank.
6. Select 3 strands of herl (2 for smaller hooks). Tie in tip ends on 3/4 on top of shank. Finish with thread at rear of shank. Form chenille with herl. Wrap forward to one eye length behind eye.
7. Palmer hackle forward in 6 wraps. Tie off, cut excess. Cut barbs short on top and sides.
8. Wrap wire forward in opposite direction in 6 wraps. Tie off. Twist to cut excess.
9. Bring mallard barbs forward, leaving tail barbs extending to rear. With barbs snug against top of body, tie in place. Cut excess.
10. Tie thread head, whip finish, cut excess.