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The Punk Rocker (Callibaetis mayfly)

Fly TyingWith all the wet and wild storms bringing much  needed rain and snow  no better way to cure the down time than at the tying  bench.   While it may sound strange talking aquatics, hatches and featuring a dry during the heat of the winter season, no better time than now to prepare for our early dry fly season. Already bugs  are popping—fish feeding and the stage set for what appears to be a quality dry season. Remember!  Windows of opportunity are brief---so be well prepared  and keep the odds in your favor.

The Trinity River and Lewiston Lake are extremely rich and fertile tail waters that annually support three generations or start-ups of Callibaetis mayflies ( That’s  right---the big, mid-day chocolate/mottled, upright-wing bon-bons). Time frame: late winter-spring-early summer and fall. The first  generations represent the largest (size 10-12’s) second (sizes 14-16) and fall generations (16-18’s)…Hatch durations are generally 3-6  weeks (weather/water pending) and favor the progressive mid-day heat-ups---sleep in if your targeting on top.

CallibaetisThe first generation is very unique. They are large and represent  mucho meat and protein and inspire rainbow -   brown trout and late fall-winter steelhead to actively key in and selectively feed---(yes!-late fall-winter steelhead actively feed on dries!)  It is critical for anglers to totally understand hatch cycles and coordinate the proper fly with current phase of the hatch. The “match-the-hatch” process is often easier said than done, especially for those who may be unfamiliar with aquatics and Trinity-Lewiston waters.  During the emergence, we have discovered time and time again, active feeding targets to be very picky and show preference or favor the transitional stage of nymph to wing adult emergence.  Bugs are very vulnerable during this particular phase of the hatch and fish readily key in on the easy offering. Years ago---Herb and I fashioned a transitioning film pattern that has fished well on our local waters, as well as most anywhere supporting Callibaetis hatches, and is often the answer to some of those complex hatch situations. We refer to it as the Punk-Rocker.” The pattern is uniquely fashioned after a standard comparadun; however, the wing is sparse/hollow-core deer hair and slanted forward to allow the pattern to sit well and hinged in the surface film. Also, the body is natural rabbit which will absorb water and permit the pattern to sink subsurface---broadcasting a bold silhouette, representing the final stage of an emerging nymph to winged adult---  A free drifting-tid-bit that rolls the eyes of most any hungry quarry.

The tail is golden pheasant tippets (died olive) representing the dominate, long-paddle tail features of the swimming/silt dwelling Callibaetis. (Not to be confused with the crawling-clinging March Brown).  I named the Punk Rocker years ago because of the similarities of the “punk” looking wing that compared to the weird styled-pushed up, haircuts that were popular during the mid-80’s. The pattern can be tied in all sizes and with almost any kind of “natural” dubbing in various colors to represent other emerging mayfly/caddis/midge aquatics. I t is amazing, over all the years,   the Punk Rocker,  so simple in appearance and easy to tie,  consistently comes  though  for so  many on a wide variety of waters during those complex hatch situations…We’ve always said—“when in doubt---tie on a “punker!”


Punk Rocker

Punk Rocker

Note: Remember to post wing and tie slanted to alllow more body submerge within the film. Apply dry fly dressing to wing only.