Bunny Dun Baetis

 

If a dry fly has it all, what does it have? 
If a dry fly does not have it all, what does it not have?
What does make an effective small dry fly?
Shape, Size and Color has been the standard, but what about me, the guy on the other end of the line? 
    It’s cold, guides on the rod, chilled, starting to collect.  Small midges and baetis  begin to appear. Size 24 bugs and  7x tippet. A rush to fish, can’t feel the tips of what are supposed to be working fingers.  5 dollars has already hit the ground, can”t be found.  Starting to thread another  2.50 and can”t seem to  get it to go.
    Done, finished, frustrated, but the fly is connected.  I see you there, nice slow takes, a rush to cast, that will work.  Wait, where did you go?  Not you, yes I see you there still rising, but the fly, where is it? 6 minutes to tippet and now I can”t see it. 
    Its slow,  well, the catching, yet noses are still slurping . Struggling to see, thread unraveling,  having to tie another one on, the cycle continues. Yes it’s still cold.
   Over the years, i’ts been the same three stresses for me. Visibility, small eyes on small hooks, and durability of  the fly.  There are times when the river is alive – the fish are feeding, and what they are feeding on is small and it floats.  The Bunny Dun Baetis is a fly pattern tied with materials that defeat my stresses. These materials and the way they are tied have opened up my fishing and tying to a whole new levels.  Mayflies and midges are just the beginning – the Bunny Dun Baetis is an example. It’s visible ,durable, simple and efficient to tie, and in my opinion, meets the standards.
So what does make an effective small dry fly?
Name of fly : Bunny Dun Baetis
Hook: Daiichi 1110, dry fly hook with a straight big eye, #16 -24
Thread: Veevus 16/0, Tan, Gray, Olive – to match your fly
Wing: Gray Bunny Vis  (Special custom blended dubbing made by Bryan)
Body: Clear Microtubing over colored thread
B step 1
Step 1:  Attach thread 2 eye widths behind eye, hand stack Bunny Vis and tie in as a wing. Remove excess Bunny Vis toward rear of hook.
B step 2
Step 2:  Pull wing back toward rear of hook and create a thread dam in front of wing.
B step 3
Step 3: Tie in microtubing right behind the wing.
B step 4
Step 4: Pull microtubing tightly toward rear of hook and follow with thread-wraps to rear of hook.  Create tapered body with thread.
B step 5
Step 5: Wrap microtubing forward to the back of wing.  Grab wing with thumb and forefinger and pull toward rear of hook.  Continue wraping microtubing to the eye.  Once to the eye, wrap back over the microtubing to  the front of the wing.  Tie down microtubing before clipping off excess microtubing.  Complete 2 whip finishes.
B step 6
Step 6: Clip off excess microtubing.  Clip off thread.  Take thumb and forefinger and pull wing toward rear of hook.  Clip wing at a distance of “half of a hook gap” behind the bend of the hook. Completed fly.
B birds eye-body profile
View from top
B fish view
Fish view
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