Sloan’s Mighty Mite Baetis |
By Dave Sloan
The Might Mite Baetis was a late night creation at the vice before a guide day about 6 years ago. I was using some V-Rib on another pattern and realized that a flashback over V-rib would give a unique, extremely segmented look to the fly. As I began to mess around with the idea I discovered that if the flash was woven through the V-rib, it muted it a bit giving it just the right amount of flash. Originally I tied and fished it with rubber legs, but knew that something was missing, it just didn’t look quite right. After a couple of weeks and no real success in finding proper legs, I was at the vice again and saw a stray piece of Accent Flash laying on my tying table and thought it looked a lot like moving legs, so I tied up a few with the new legs and the results were impressive.
The Mighty Mite Baetis has been in the shop for three years now and people come in on a regular basis saying how well it works for them. I think the reason anglers like it is it is an extremely durable fly that produces on a consistent basis. And while it is called a baetis, it really just looks buggy and I think fish often take it for caddis larvae too. That thought is what led me to tie the Mighty Mite in Tan and Brown and the results have been great. All three colors are tied in sizes 12-20. The larger sizes work well; especially early in the year when big bugs are out and spring steelhead love them too. The smaller versions tend to be a middle of the season through late season bug.
The fly is fished best on the dead drift but can be swung on occasion to produce fish.
Here is the materials I use when tying this fly: Hook: TMC 2487 Size 14-20
Bead: Copper Bead to match hook
Thread: Danville 6/0 Black
Tail: Natural Pheasant Tail
Back: Narrow Pearlescent Flat Tinsel
Body: Small Olive Vinyl Rib
Wingcase: Thin Skin Mottled Oak Olive
Thorax: Peacock Herl (80832) with Medium Olive Sparkle Blend as an
Legs: Black Accent Flash