In this week’s episode of Tying Tuesdays, watch as Brady ties Rickard’s Callibaetis!
Callibaetis and Stillwater go together like Coffee and Donuts. These little bugs are of great importance to Stillwater fisheries and cannot be ignored. Rickard’s Callibaetis Nymph is a great fly to have in your Stillwater arsenal. The color and profile of this fly do a superb job of imitating the early stages of the Callibaetis nymph. This fly is best fished under an indicator or on a sinking line. When on the water, make sure to give this bug some movement as Callibaetis nymphs are strong swimmers. They also love subsurface vegetation so be sure to look for weed beds and other underwater structures. Wade deep or break out the float tube and give this one a go.
Ingredients & Recipe
- Hook – Umpqua XC290 (Size 14)
- Thread – UTC Ultra Thread (70 Denier Tan)
- Tail and Backing – Dyed Mallard Flank (Wood Duck)
- Ribbing – UTC Ultra Wire (Small Copper)
- Body – Hare’s Ear Dubbing (Natural)
- Hackle – Whiting Dry Fly Hackle Cape OR Value 100 Pack (Grizzly)
- Vise – Griffin Montana Mongoose
2 thoughts on “How to tie Rickard’s Callibaetis”
I enjoy the Tuesday AvidMax posts. This weeks post was of particular interest when you said “for all you LAKE fisherman” that made me sit up and play closer attention. My wife and I are both in our 70’s and enjoy fishing. But we are exclusively lake fishing folks. Neither one of us has easy access to stream fishing anymore. And just don’t feel safe on slippery rocks and moving water. I love to tie flies while my wife quilts. I have tied hundreds if not thousands of flies that I will never use… I give a lot away. I especially like to give them to young kids who are just getting into the sport.
Now to the point of this post … please try and tie more flies that are for those of us who are lake fishing maybe just for panfish or and occasional bass. I will be tying the Rickard’s Callibaetis Nymph as soon as I can get the hooks you suggested. Thanks again for the Tying Tuesday posts. Don’t forget your “still water viewers”. Thanks!
Thanks for your feedback, Wayne. Glad to hear you enjoyed this video. Keep your eye on the next few weeks as we have a couple more Stillwater flies planned. Still somewhat trout-focused but I think they will translate for you as well.