Saturday, April 8, 2017

Galloup's Improved Blue-winged Olive Nymph

I've been tying some new flies for this year, and one of them is a Baetis sp. nymph that comes from the vise of Kelly Galloup.  I saw his video on it, and it's one of those patterns that just looks like it will work. It's a fairly straightforward tie that is similar to a pheasant tail nymph, but with a couple of changes in materials, and the addition of gills.  Yes, gills, that are tied in at the thorax and meant to fold back along the abdomen using a light material, that in water, fades to a mostly translucent veil.   Kelly uses Senyo's Lazer Dub, but I used EP Trigger Fibers in mine.

It's an interesting take but does make sense as the gills of a baetis nymph are a prominent feature of the natural.  There's a line of thinking (myth) that this genus of mayflies hatches on the stream bottom and that may be why this pattern is effective, but they don't, they hatch just under or in the film. Baetis do crawl or swim to the bottom to lay their eggs, which may be part of the confusion.

So the early season verdict is that this pattern works.  In fact, my son fished it earlier this week and took a bunch of fish on it.


Hook: #16-20 nymph
Thread: 6/0 Danville olive
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
Abdomen: Pheasant tail fibers
Thorax: Ice dub - peacock
Gills: Senyo's Lazer Dub - sparse
Wingcase: Peacock herl

Here's Kelly talking about this pattern and tying it.

Sharpen your hooks!


Forrest said...

I tied up four of these in each size 16 to 22 last week and can't wait to give them a try. I used ice dub pearl for the gills. Great to hear someone had success with this pattern here in the East.

Hugo de la Sablonniere said...

Any success ?