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Reversed Baetid Blue Dun
Reversed Baetid Blue Dun Emerger

Reversed Baetid Emerger
As designed by Mick Hall

Hook:  Partridge Oliver Edwards Nymph Emerger K14ST
Size:  18-16
Thread: Spirit River Super Thread 8/0
or 12/0 for the smaller versions
Thread Colour:  Grey or white
Tail:  Medium Pardo Coq de Leon hackle fibres
Body:  Baetid Blue Winged Olive base blend
Ribbing:  Optional, fine copper wire
Post:  EP TriggerPoint winging fibres,
colour Quick Silver, with a touch of black
as a forewing
Hackle:  Whiting Farms Medium Cahill Dun
Saddle hackle, four turns.

Notes:  To obtain the best results from this pattern, make
sure that the post is tied in tight onto the bend of the hook and, if possible, just back beyond the barb.  This style of fly is suited to caddis type hooks as they are wide in the gape and allow plenty of strike room on this style of tying.  Spirit River has just released a new range of tying threads that are multi-fibred and lay flat when wound onto a hook shank and eliminate a build up of thread, as can be found with rope style threads such a Uni Thread.


Para Blue Dun
Para Blue Dun

Para Blue Dun
As designed by Mick Hall

Hook:  Mustad C49s
Size:  16-14
Thread:  Spirit River Super Thread 8/0
or 12/0 for smaller versions
Thread Colour:  Grey or white
Tail:  Medium Pardo Coq de Leon hackle fibres
Body:  Blue Winged Olive base blend
Post:  EP TriggerPoint winging fibres, colour Dark Dun
Hackle:  Whiting Farms Golden Badger, four turns only

Notes:  This version is a general standby as it covers a multitude of Baetid species.




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Mick Hall's 'Fly Talk' - Freshwater Fishing magazine, Issue 98, Sept/Oct 2009
Mick anticipates some dry fly fishing early in the trout season.

With the opening of the Trout Season many of our waterways are still flowing high from the impact of winter and spring rains.  River temperatures are normally low.  They can be around the 6C degree mark in upper midland streams and even colder up in the high country.

 

The water temperature has a bit of an impact on a lot of our water borne insect life and it is not until we get around the 11C to 12C degree mark that we see an improvement in the variety of insects coming off our streams or lakes.  With this in mind, the lower rivers and lakes offer a better chance of catching a trout on a dry fly, especially on opening day.

 

I suppose the big question is, what can you expect to see this early in the seasonThis question can vary from state to state so we must generalise.

 

Baetids

Mayflies belonging to the Baetid family, commonly known as Little Blue Duns, can be seen along our mid to lowland rivers any time of the year.  Maybe not coming off in big numbers but they are there and active.

Here’s a choice; I carry both and at times it is simply preference which one I will put on first if I see Baetids coming off my home waters.

 

The Reversed Emerger I designed after being influenced by that great English fly tier Roy Christie. This pattern is great in pools or slower moving water, especially if the trout are a little spooky. Tied in this manner the tippet is under the surface film which tends to suit those leader shy trout.  You can see the story of Roy Christie and his reversed style of tying here.  Also check out the article “A Bit About Baetids”.  At the end of that article I have listed a range of dubbing blends that are designed to match most of the known, sixteen and still counting, species found in Australia.