In spring and early summer, the Baetis Rhodani has a light and olive/grayish tone. The Spring Baetis Parachute  is fishing well during the early first generation hatch.


For me the Baetis Rhodani is the start of the fly fishing season. Although I fish midge earlier, the Baetis Rhodani marks the start of the season in the rivers. Personally I try to tie the early versions lighter and more grey than most other variants of this dry fly.

This one is tied with a biot dyed in a grey-olive color that is very close to the underside of the early Rhodanis in my rivers.


Hook: Hends BL 454 size 14
Thread: Benecchi 12/0 Grey
Wing: CdC dyed Dun
Hackle: Hebert Mining medium dun
Tail: MicroFibetts Dun
Abdomen: Turkey Biot dyed grey-olive
Thorax: FlyRite #26 Adams Grey and #41 Pale Olive (mix 60/40)
Wing: Two natural brown CdC feathers (Tied two different ways on the two variants)

Materials are listed in order of tying.

Fishing Tips

Apply floatant and fish dead drift with a long leader