Here is the fly pattern sheet for the Last Chance Cripple Baetis fly.
|Hook:||Daiichi 1100, 1180, TMC 100 #16 – 20|
|Thread:||8/0 Uni or 16/0 Veevus olive dun|
|Tail:||2 strands Wood Duck|
|Shuck:||Brown or rust Antron|
|Body:||Brown goose biot|
|Thorax:||Superfine dubbing, gray/olive|
|Wing:||2 CDC medium dun feathers|
|Hackle:||Medium dun grizzly|
- Attach thread to hook behind hook eye and wind backwards about halfway.
- Tie in Wood Duck and hold upwards and on top of hook while continuing to wrap thread just past hook bend.
- Tie in sparse amount of shuck, about the length of hook gape.
- Tie in biot with furl up and wind forward until 2/3 point.
- Tie in CDC wing material, allowing materials to extend over hook eye. Cut rear section and leave small tuft.
- Tie in hackle.
- Dub thorax and continue in front of CDC wing, ending thread behind eye.
- Wrap hackle with 3 wraps behind wing, lift wing material up and place 2 wraps in front. Tie off hackle and cut excess.
- Whip finish.
- Trim hackle bottom even with hook point to allow low profile in water.
The Last Chance Cripple – Baetis is a variation of the Quigley Cripple fly pattern, using a CDC wing instead of deer hair. Another creative fly pattern from Rene’ Harrop.
Personal tying notes:
- I used 8/0 thread for size 16 and 18 flies; 16/0 for size 20
- I used Rusty Spinner turkey biots.