Callibaetis nymph "eyes"

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by Golden Trout, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. Golden Trout

    Golden Trout Active Member

    When you look at a few pics of living callibaetis nymphs is becomes very apparent that very dark eyes become a common denominator. My question; do you tie your patterns with dark brown eyes with the intent of this characteristic being a triggering action for fish?
  2. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Golden Trout,

    This is what a Callibaetis nymph looks like when under water. I would not describe it eyes as being dark. In my experience, most Callibaetis nymph patterns are not tied with eyes. However, you might try some, both with and without eyes, and let us know if it makes any difference in your catch rate.
  3. Preston

    Preston Active Member

    GT,I wonder if you are not thinking of damselfly nymphs. They have very large and prominent eyes (though I would not necessarily describe them as dark).
  4. Golden Trout

    Golden Trout Active Member

  5. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

    I think what is more important is to match the gills that are along it's long body. My friend found some tied like this (in a sale at a shop) and we hammered some very nice fish them.

    Here's the pattern in epoxy back style!

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    I've tried imitating that fly but I sure can't, those gill feathers come out straight from the side and do not go underneath the body! I just can't seem to find the material they laid on the body to fan out like that. But man do those nymphs work!
  6. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

    After looking at your chart it seems all the cali nymphs have the gills on the sides. Most swimming may fly nymphs (lakes) I have looked at from pictures have these gills on the sides. especially the huge burrowing HEX.
  7. Golden Trout

    Golden Trout Active Member

    Have you tried ostrich herl?
  8. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

    Yeah that's what I was told but none small enough.
  9. Preston

    Preston Active Member

    I use fibers of several marabou plumes on my Callibaetis nymph pattern. I don't think that it particularly matters that the fibers stick out all around rather than just along the sides.


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