A Flymph for the Baetis HatchThis small soft hackle wet fly works well for me during baetis nymph (olive) and chironomid (buzzer) hatches but also works well when employed as a general searching soft hackle wet fly. The fine soft dubbing of the body helps to trap air bubbles which in turn adds to its natural pupa coloured appearance. The body is tapered slightly from thin at the tail of the fly to thicker as we work forwards, creating a thorax as it is wound to just before the hackle. In this flymph I have ribbed the abdomen section only, leaving the thorax un-ribbed. Be careful when adding the hackle so as not to create an overly heavy hackle. A turn or two of the hackle is all that is needed.
I fish this flymph as I would with my other soft hackle wet flies. Allowing the wind and surface drift to fish the flies in a downwind arc and just taking up the slack in the line is a good option to begin with. Employing a very, very slow figure of eight is an excellent second option and can be employed at any point in the drift as the wind and wave action swing the flies around. Takes can be of the type you would expect when fishing nymphs. Sometimes the coils of the fly line will straighten slightly, the tip of the fly line may slowly disappear or stab below the surface, the line may feel almost imperceptibly heavier somehow, you may feel a tiny pluck on the line, a slightly harder tug on the line or the take may be very savage indeed!