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Blue-Winged Olives: Because it’s not Hopper season yet

April 23, 2011

Blue-Winged Olive

Adult Baetis, just one of many hatching on the Yellowstone on a cloudy, calm day recently.

River God Emerger

This Rivergod Emerger in a size 16 is one of my favorites for fooling fussy trout in the springtime. This pattern is easy to tie and deadly for fish that are keyed in on adult Baetis.  Check out Dennis Potter’s website for step-by-step instructions


Here’s a basic arsenal of nymphs for springtime fishing.  Even though they are not specific Baetis imitations, red or black Zebra Midges in size 14-16 along with Copper Johns in smaller sizes will pretty much do the trick 99% of the time when the fish aren’t rising.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2011 1:34 pm

    Always liked your blog with the tutorials and crystal clear pictures. I really like the changes and new developments you added on your site. Keep up the great work and best of luck with your new ventures.


  2. May 23, 2011 3:23 am

    I love your blog, can’t wait to fish the thunder thighs this July!

  3. Steve permalink
    February 1, 2013 8:45 am

    Like it. On the rivergod, is that wing zelon from Blue Ribbon Flies? Do you use
    white or light dun for the wing? Nice fly. thanks!

  4. July 22, 2013 7:42 pm

    Thanks for an amazing blog and for the tips you have provided.

  5. Kevin Broderick permalink
    July 13, 2014 8:32 pm

    Just discovered your web site and its great! For Baetis I would suggest adding some “Skinny Nelson’s” to your arsenal. I tie them in brown or black, different sizes, different color beads and they’ve proven to be (for me at least) a good, productive spring Baetis pattern.

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