Creative fly tyer, Mike Mercer, is generally credited with creating the
"Poxyback" style of artificial fly. Mr. Mercer will tell you, however,
that "the Poxyback style came to me from the genius of others." In
fact, Mercer has credited three other accomplished fly anglers and
tyers, Andy Burk, Rich Henry, and Hal Janssen, with providing the
inspiration to work with epoxy on nymphs.
Regardless of who
gave the idea its first breath, the use of epoxy in nymphs and wet flies has become quite popular among the world's fly tyers in recent years.
Mercer's Poxyback Baetis or Blue Winged Olive is a fantastically shaggy imitation of the Baetis
or blue winged olive in its mature nymph life stage. Mercer designed
this fly with realism and movement in mind; it's got ragged marabou
gills, and its cleverly epoxied wing pads offer a striking underwater
realism that feeding trout just can't ignore!
- This fly pattern was developed in the late 1980s by creative fly tyer Mike Mercer
- Part of Mike Mercer’s Poxyback series of fly patterns, inspired by ideas and tying techniques of Andy Burk, Hal Janssen, and Rich Henry
- Baetis or blue winged olive imitation in the mature nymph life stage
- Use as either an impressionistic searching fly or as a realistic imitation when matching the hatch
- Fish on a dead drift in all types of water; riffles and faster water are the most productive types
- Best results early in the morning or later in the evening
- Minimize surface commotion by using synthetic yarn or a large dry fly as a strike indicator
- Strikes are subtle, so timely hook sets are important
- SIZE 18