We all struggle when the size of those olives max out on below hook size 18. To be honest, I do not like tiny olives – they are really difficult to fish. The tippet is 6X or thinner, and the hook sizes may get as small as 22.
This fly is tied based on last year’s observations, and is inspired by a great picture taken by Jon Terje Refsahl.
I do not know what kind of Baetidae this is, but I guess the observation on size, shape and color is sufficient to tie it. Trout don’t know Latin either.
I must stress that I have not tested this pattern, but will do so with high hopes this August and September when those micro flies start popping up from the river bed at the Rena River in Norway.
It’s a straight forward pattern tied on a small hook. This one is tied on a TMC 112TR size 17. Because of the short shank (2,5XS), the hook size is equivalent of a normal sized 22.
Be sparse on everything when you tie it. Split the tail to ensure stability and floatability. Be careful to balance the wing well.