Jeff Kacena
5 months ago

I’ve been experimenting with patterns as I’m less than thrilled with the currently existing patterns for tiny nymphs like BWOs.
This guy has:
Polish quill abdomen (natural color)
Synthetic mayfly tails
Green ultra fine dubbing for thorax
Buggy Med. Dun Medallion Sheathing for wing case
Three gray turkey flat fibers on each side for legs
Thin UV curable adhesive over entire body
Size 24 TMC U203 hook

Bill Trublubug
5 months ago

Lots of goodies on something as small as a 24 Jeff. Looks to be perfectly proportioned as well. This little baetis imitation is superb. Here on my waters a size 20-24 in all brown tones seems to out fish the same size flies tied in olive or, as you have done here, an olive/brown combo. Have you seen something similar? I’m also wondering if your experimentation is to determine if a more complex (possibly more realistic) pattern is more effective than simpler patterns. I’ve had good success with some very simple size 22’s that are not much more than golden brown thread and a single strand of copper midge flash for ribbing. Occasionally I darken the top of the thorax with a dot of dark brown from a permanent marker to mimic a wing case. Would like to hear your thoughts.

Jeff Kacena
5 months ago

Thanks @trublubug. I have definitely found that I can fish a 20 all day with little success. If I switch to a 22 or 24 all of a sudden there’s action! Colors that fish prefer can vary but stay consistent within brown, gray, green and black mostly. One of the challenges in Colorado is that our waters are so heavily fished that our trout have become very selective thus needing creative and realistic patterns oftentimes in order to get the job done.

Michael Scarpino
5 months ago

Hit it on the mark Jeff. Great BWO! It’s also crazy to see what one size in hooks does while fishing and or color.

Jeff Kacena
5 months ago

Thanks @Scarpino

Bill Trublubug
5 months ago

Thanks Jeff. My local waters are also heavily pressured, especially early season. Your point about size is also true here at times. When they want a 24, they will refuse anything bigger. We have that in common too. I’m needing more and more help tying these tiny sizes on though. LOL I’ll repeat myself on your post. It’s just superbly done. I also thank you for filling me in on the reason you are experimenting. Don’t know if you fish “fly only” water, but here it’s all open to everything with only a few “fly only” waters. I can’t wait to see if I can duplicate your efforts and (if successful) see how it fishes here. Only after the first two weeks of the trout season pass do I even get on the water. I don’t like the crowds and watching some of the “sportsmen” ply their trade with foul hooking or other illegal methods. Hope you will keep up with the experiments and let me know if this one is “the” one.

Jeff Kacena
5 months ago

Most of the waters I fish are fly or artificial lure only. With that said they are mostly tailwaters so the fish see a lot of the same flies over and over again all day long. I truly believe that the smaller size and more realistic pattern can give me an advantage over the other people out there. Finally, with all that said, I use a magnifying glass at my tying bench for these small flies and have resorted to carrying reading glasses in my waders to help me get that 8x tippet through the eye of that size 24 hook.

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