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DC's Crippled Callibaetis Recipe and Tying Sequences

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By Dennis P. Collier

DC's Crippled Callibaetis Recipe:

Hook: Size 14 to 16 TMC 3761, 100SPBL, or TMC 9300
Thread: Tan 8/0
Wing: Natural Dun CDC puff or Hair from a Medium Dun Snowshoe Hare foot
Eyes: 30# Mason's Hard Nylon - pre-colored with a dark brown magic marker and melted with a lighter to form the eyeballs
Tail: Lemon wood duck breast feather
Body: Callibaetis Tan dry fly dubbing of choice
Back: Small Pearl UTC Mirage Tinsel
Rib: Fine gold wire
Legs: Barred hen back or partridge hackle

  • Step 1:

    Tie a full CDC puff immediately behind the hook eye, extending forward one hook shank in length.

  • Step 2:

    Tie an eyeball set on top of the CDC puff tie-in point, and secure with several figure-eight thread wraps.

  • Step 3:

    Move the thread to a position just above the hook point and tie in a small clump of wood duck breast feather, slightly less than a hook shank in length, for the trailing shuck. Secure a piece of tinsel and gold wire on top of the wood duck base.

  • Step 4:

    Dub a tapered body to just behind the eyeballs. Pull the tinsel forward and tie in. Wrap the gold wire forward and tie off. Crisscross a small amount of dubbing around the eyeballs. Let the thread hang just behind the eyes.


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  • Step 5:

    Strip the stem of a barred, brown colored hen back hackle, leaving approximately one-half-inch of the hackle tip. Clip out the center section out of the remaining hackle tip, forming a "V" shaped leg set. Tie in the leg set of top of the body, immediately behind the eyeballs. Pull the stem forward until you attain the desired leg length. Secure with a couple of figure-eight thread wraps around the eyes. Clip off the remaining hackle stem.

  • Step 6:

    Pull the CDC puff toward the rear of the hook and secure with a couple of thread wraps immediately behind the eyeballs. Advance the thread under the eyeballs, and whip finish behind the hook eye. Clip the thread and apply a small drop of cement to the head.


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  • "DC's Flash-back Callibaetis Nymph"

    Hook: Size 12 to 16 TMC 3761, 100SPBL, or TMC 9300
    Thread: Camel 8/0
    Tail: Lemon wood duck breast
    Body: Yellowish tan rabbit fur dubbing (guard hair included) picked out along the abdomen to represent gills
    Flash-back: Small UTC Pearl Mylar Mirage Tinsel
    Rib: X-small gold wire
    Wing case: Dark Brownish/olive Turkey Biot
    Legs: Brown hen neck hackle

  • "DC's Flash-back Callibaetis Soft-hackle"

    Hook: Size 12 to 16 TMC 3761, 100SPBL, or TMC 9300
    Thread: Camel 8/0
    Tail: Lemon wood duck breast
    Abdomen: Yellowish tan rabbit fur dubbing (guard hair included) picked out along the abdomen to represent gills
    Flash-back: Small UTC Pearl Mylar Mirage Tinsel
    Rib: X-small gold wire
    Thorax: Natural Fox Squirrel dubbing
    Hackle: Speckled brown hen back hackle

  • "DC's 'Stillborn' Callibaetis"

    Hook: Size 12 to 16 TMC 3761, 100SPBL, or TMC 9300
    Thread: Camel 8/0
    Tail: Lemon wood duck breast
    Abdomen: Yellowish tan rabbit fur dubbing (guard hair included)
    Rib: X-small gold wire
    Thorax: Natural Fox Squirrel dubbing
    Hackle: Brownish dun hen neck hackle – palmered over thorax and counter wrapped with X-small gold wire
    Wing: Grey hen back hackle fibers – tied short

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