The Higa’s S.O.S. was created by our buddy Spencer Higa. He originally tied it as a baetis nymph pattern and certainly can be tied in other colors to effectively imitate mayfly nymphs in your area. A majority of the time, we fish it under an indicator as part of a nymph rig and it can be fished as a dropper in a dry/dropper combo. Why fish like this bug so much, in my opinion, is the slender abdomen coupled with the floss split back. When the floss becomes wet it takes on a life like appearance that can’t be duplicated. Don’t overlook the stillwater application of this bug as well. When tied in callibaetis colors it can turn an ordinary day into a great day during the summer months.

The Higa’s S.O.S. is available through Orvis in 2011 but you can also get a great deal on these flies by contacting Spencer Higa directly at You can also follow his Facebook page!

Higa's SOS-Baetis-Nymph

Hook: Orvis 1639 #16-20

Thread: Danville 6/0 Black

Rib: Silver Wire

Shell: Red Floss

Abdomen: Black Rabbit Dubbing

Tail: Melanistic Pheasant Tail (or black)

Higa’s S.O.S. is a Spencer Higa creation.

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