How to Tie: The Baetis Max

Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Easy

For many trout anglers across the United States, tailwaters offer accessibility to fish year-round. If lucky, these dams will pump out cold water for trout below even on the hottest days of summer, and keep fish happy and feeding. Mayflies are one species of insect that trout will readily feed on year-round on tailwater rivers, and the Baetis Max is a fantastic imitation to add to your fly box.

When it comes to skill level to tie, anyone behind the vise could have this mastered in a few attempts. The dubbing loop is the most difficult part of this pattern, but using a CDC clamp lowers the probability of error. Flash rib on the body combined with the CDC collar produces fantastic results under the water and bring this fly to life. The Baetis Max is a great example of a guide pattern that employs few, deadly specific, materials to get the job done.

This pattern will serve well in a tandem nymph rig as an anchor fly in larger sizes or off a tag in smaller sizes. Regardless of the time of year, this fly will produce. CDC has become a favorite for tyers and for good reason, the material moves and creates unparalleled profile. Tie a batch of Baetis Max nymphs and watch your productivity skyrocket on your local tailwater.


Now you know how to tie the Baetis Max!

Video and ingredients courtesy of Fly Fish Food.