Baxter's Bearded Baetis - Umpqua Fly

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SKU: Ump-12663-Olv-Size 16


Our very own Ben Baxter has built a killer stealthy super fast sinking pheasant tail variation that just plain catches fish!


“With this fly I was really looking to get a lot of weight paired with a little more of an aggressive profile (taper) to the fly. I went with a natural color approach initially and then added the colored resin. I also wanted to get some movement in the fly with the legs (or the beard) with the ostrich herl. I twist the herl and wire together before wrapping the legs, for added durability as well. I initially tied the fly on a standard nymph hook for a small, heavy dropper fly under a foam beetle or hopper pattern. After jig hooks started to become more popular, along with the Euro nymphing scene, I decided to put the pattern to a jig hook. I have used it under an indicator for nymphing deep runs. It can be used as a point fly in a larger size or a dropper fly in a smaller size on a standard Euro nymphing rig. I have used this fly in Colorado as well as surrounding states and found it to be very effective during baetis hatches. I have also used it during the winter in the smaller sizes and done quite well with it in that application”
  • Ben Baxter


Fly Recipe

HOOK: Umpqua XC400BL (#16 - #18) 

BEAD: Slotted Tungsten Bead (2.4mm - 2.8mm | Matte Black) 

THREAD: Danville 6/0 (Purple or Olive) 

WEIGHT: Lead-Free Wire (.015) 

TAIL: Barred Teal Flank (Purple or Olive) 

BODY: Pheasant Tail (Purple)

RIB: Ultra Wire (XS | Gunmetal Blue) 

LEGS: Ostrich Herl (Black) 

FLASHBACK: Holo Tinsel (Medium | Black) 

WING CASING: Solarez UV Color Resin  (Violet)

FINISH: Solarez Bone Dry


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