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Size 10-1, 2x long


Tan 8/0


Hare's ear dubbing


Lemon wood duck flank feather or dyed wood duck breast

Hackle: Grizzly saddle hackle
Rib: Copper wire
Wing case: Same as tail, tied down full length over entire body (use excess from tail)

Rickard's Callibaetis Nymph

Last month I introduced the Stillwater Nymph by saying that its creator, Denny Rickards, is a well-known still water flyfisher, author, and tyer, and that his patterns are simple but deadly. Well, I’m featuring another of his patterns this month because I had such success with it at Bailey Creek Lodge in June, fishing at Lake Christine for wild Brown Trout and large Rainbows. He calls this pattern the Callibaetis Nymph, but in the text accompanying the pattern he states that it can, if tied in different colors, imitate an adult midge, a mayfly, caddis, or damsel nymph, or a scud when fished on the bottom. He recommends using a floating or intermediate line, using a hand twist or slow, six-inch pull-and-pause retrieve. The colors selected for this month’s pattern are for a Callibaetis (mayfly) nymph. For those who fish still water, the Callibaetis is one of the predominant aquatic insects that hatch on lakes.


  1. Smash the barb. Cover the hook shank with thread.

  2. Tie in the wood duck tail. It should be somewhat sparse, and the length of the hook shank. Use well-marked feathers for this—it makes a big difference.

  3. Tie in the copper wire at the same point, and push it to the rear and out of the way for now.

  4. Tie in a properly sized saddle hackle by its tip, at the same point.

  5. Tie in another clump of wood duck by the tips, at the same point, so that the butts point to the rear. This will later become the wing case.

  6. Dub a slim body with the hare’s ear dubbing. The dubbing should end about 1/16” behind the eye.

  7. Wind the hackle forward, making no more than 4 turns. Tie it off at the same forward spot as the dubbing.

  8. Weave the copper wire forward, making about 6 turns. Tie it off also at the same point.

  9. Bring the wood duck over the top of the fly and tie it down at the same point.10. Form a nice smooth head and whip finish.

See ya on the creek…or, in this case, the bass pond!!!

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