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November 05, 2012 1 min read

Last Chance Cripple Baetis

last chance cripple baetis (blue winged olive)

The Last Chance Cripple series by Rene Harrop is very effective on selective trout. This pattern can be tied to match a variety of mayfly species. We use the Baetis version with great success. Learn to tie this pattern in the video at the top of the page. Materials needed are listed below.

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Rene Harrop’s fly patterns were developed with an experienced eye for detail. Proven on the Henry’s Fork, one of the most demanding trout fisheries in the country.

The Last Chance Cripple series are great patterns for selective fish. We use this Baetis version on our local tailwater with great success.

Tie in sizes 16-22 for a Baetis (aka Blue Winged Olive) Cripple.

The pattern is easily adapted to imitate other mayfly species.

Thanks for watching!

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Last Chance Cripple Material List:

Hook: Daiichi 1100 or Tiemco 100 size 16 to 22

Thread: Tiemco 16/0

Shuck:Spirit River Sparkle Yarn, Darlon, or Z-Lon

Tail: Wood Duck or Mallard Dyed Wood Duck

Abdomen: Stripped Peacock Herl, Turkey Biots, or Thread and Wire

Wing: 2-3 matched CDC feathers

Thorax: Nature’s Spirit Fine Natural Dubbing, Nature’s Spirit Emergence Dubbing, or Wapsi Superfine Dubbing

Hackle:Dun Dry Fly Hackle