The Hi-Vis Baetis Parachute.
Spring heralds the first substantial hatch of the year: the baetis (blue-winged olive) mayfly. These little guys hatch prolifically on the Paradise Valley spring creeks, but also in good numbers on the Yellowstone River and other freestone fisheries. The diminutive size of the baetis means it can be difficult to see one’s fly on the water, especially when among the naturals, and particularly for those of us with aging eyes. The solution? Adding a bit of bright fluorescence to the fly, which makes it easier to pick out as it floats downstream. And the trout don’t seem to mind the extra color.