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baetis / blue wingd olive / Daiichi / Nymph / starling / stretch tubing /

Checker Baetis

tied by Scott E. Smith
Fly Type: Nymphs,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Southeast US,
Imitation: Mayflies,
Material List:
Daiichi 1560 hook, 14-20
Tungsten bead to size, copper or black
Black 8/0 thread (or smaller)
Dark Mayfly Tails
Micro Stretch Tubing
High Voltage copper flash
Black nymph dubbing
Starling hackle
Tying Instructions: With bead on hook and mashed barb, lay thread base with small thread ball above hook barb. Tie in 3 tails and position to flair as shown. Return thread to bead and tie in stretch tubing. Tie down firmyback to the tails. Tie in copper flash. Build up tapered underbody with thread. Position copper flash toward eye and hold in place while you wrap tubing firmly toward eye one wrap. Then position flash toward bend for one wrap, then back toward eye for a wrap, alternating to produce "checkered" pattern. Tie down flash and tubing. Build thorax with dubbing. Wrap one or two wraps of starling feathers from neck of the skin for soft hackle effect.
Presentation Tips: Dead drift then swing.

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