Tying The Baetis Glam Rocker

Hook: Hanak Jig BL400 14-#18.
Bead: 2.5. - 3.5mm Nickel.
Thread: 50D GSP, White.
Tail: Mottle dark pardo Coq de Leon.
Abdomen: Olive and gray UTC wire.
Thorax: Hends Spectra #32 Olive.

Golden Olive Glam Rocker

Hook: Hanak Jig BL400 14-#18.
Bead: 2.5. - 3.5mm Nickel.
Thread: 50D GSP, White.
Tail: Dyed golden olive CDL.
Abdomen: Golden olive and gray UTC wire.
Thorax: Hends Spectra #32 Olive.

I recommend using SM size wire on size #18 and BR on sizes 16 and larger,




In this tutorial you will learn to:

  • Execute very precise mounting techniques to maintain a clean underbody while tying with with a stiff material such as copper wire.

  • Using less material.

  • Tying with gel spun thread.

  • Wrapping with circular tension.

  • Locking off the materials.

  • Tying in the round.

  • Establishing tie in and tie off points for reference.


1.) Establish a thread connection behind the bead and form a small thread jam. Wind the thread rearward in clean even wraps to the tie off point illustrated above. A reference where one more turn of thread would begin to curve down the hook bend.

2.) Measure to body length, a prepared section of Coq de Leon hackle fibers. Grasp the fibers with your material hand and tie down with flattened smooth thread wraps. Spin your bobbin and thread in the opposite direction of the natural twist of thread to flatten. Periodic spinning anti-clockwise will maintain this flattened state.

3.) When you reach the tie off point, lift the tail upwards and pass a single thread wrap between the tail and hook shank. Finish locking the tail down with one more wrap over the tail and hook shank securing it firmly in place.

4.) Wrap the thread forward using circular tension. Keep these wraps as smooth as possible. Circular tension is applying steady pressure to the tying thread in the full 360º lap around the hook.


5.) Cut two equal lengths of olive and gray wire. Match the ends up and align with the bead and hook on the opposite side of the hook. Here, I rotated my vice to the -90º position to tie upside down making access to the tie in point easier.

6.) Capture the wire with a couple loose thread wraps. Start to draw the wire back out of the loose wraps until the matched wire ends seat up against the base of the hook shank and bead the location of the flies proper tie in point.

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7.) Begin to wrap to the tie off point maintaining alignment of the wires along the hook shank. Use even circular pressure as you wrap the tying thread rearwards while securing the wire.

8.) Using your thumbnail, bend the wire into a 45º angle at the tie off point. This will aid in making the first and most important turn of the wire abdomen cleaner.


9.) Rotate the vice around or examine the work we just performed. Adjust the alignment of the wire along the hook shank as needed by pushing along the tied down portion of wire with your fingernail and running it along the length. If a tag end remains at the tie in point, push it into the beads slot.

10.) Rotate the vice back into -90º position. Proceed with establishing a clean first wrap of wire where the two strands remain in parallel with each other through the entire first turn. One full turn should result in the second turn abutted up against the first. zoom in!

11.) proceed with winding the two wires forward.

12.) Stop wrapping once you reach your tie in point. Pass the thread under the wire and over the hook in a cross-over wrap. Take 5 firm turns to secure.


13.) Applying steady pressure with the tying thread in a southwesterly direction — down and back— you can easily spin off the wire against the thread.

14.) Begin dubbing a very small amount of Spectra dubbing. Use less than you think you need. As Americans, we tend to tie with way too much material. In tactical nymphing, we need to starting using less material and allow the fly to sink unimpeded by bulky materials slowing it down.

15.) I had way too much dubbing already so I pinched off about half of what I started with. Take your time forming a nice clean tight dub.

16.) Two turn at most! no more. Wind the dubbing tight and compact up against the bead. Whip finish.


17.) Keeping firm tension on the thread. Plunge the wedge of the scissors up into the neck between the collar and bead severing the thread. Do not use scissoring actions when tying with gel spun threads.

18.) Rough it up to get a few strands of the dubbing loose and unruly.

19.) Finished fly.