Fly Tying: Challenged Baetis Variant Pattern

The challenged series flies are one of my favorite crippled emerger patterns.  These can be tied for any type of mayfly.  Most common used are BWO's, Green Drakes, Grey Drakes, March Browns, PMD's, and Mahoganies.  By simply changing the color of the dubbing, rib, and size, you can tie several different variations of this fly.

When fishing this fly, add your fly floatant to the front of the fly, near the eye of the hook, only.

Fly Tying Challenged Baetis Variant (2)

This will allow the fly to sit vertical in the water.  When this fly is sitting correctly, 3/4 of the fly will be under water, making it an easy target for hungry trout.

This is, hands down, my favorite go to dry fly for picky fish on any river during a PMD or BWO hatch. Grab the materials you need to tie this fly from your local shop or order them from us online here.

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I grew up in eastern Washington fishing or hunting every chance I could. My hobbies quickly turned into addictions and I was constantly on the Columbia River swinging flies for steelhead. I headed to the westside to attend college and received a degree in physics. This proved to be difficult due to the new addiction of spey casting to steelhead on the rivers of western Washington. After graduating, I moved to Sandpoint, ID where I married my college sweetheart. I opened my own fly shop and ran it successfully for 6 years until I merged with Big R Fly Shop. Now my days are spent loving the outdoors, with my wife and two boys, who certainly got bit by the fishing bug, and teaching anglers to enjoy the sport of fly fishing and spey casting.

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