Higa's S.O.S.

You'll appreciate the strike-inducing power of this versatile nymph pattern.


Originally tied by Utah-based Orvis-Endorsed Guide Spencer Higa to be a baetis imitation, his S.O.S. has bailed out anglers all over the country, in plenty of different situations. Featuring a slender abdomen and split back, it takes on a lifelike appearance underwater that fish can't seem to refuse. Simply browse the reviews to see the kinds of accolades this fly has garnered from fly fishers near and far.
Sizes: 16, 18, 20.
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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 28 reviews


28 of 28 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Buggy - 4/24/2015
    By: from Utah

    Can be midge or mayfly....fish love it and take it confidently. Great fly.

  • 5/5

    can't wait - 3/27/2015

    to fish these honeys. very well tied and they look "buggy" as heck.

  • 5/5

    Great Flies - 1/22/2015

    Great fly. Great quality tie. Great company. I read many reviews on this fly and decided to give it a try on my home waters in Utah. Worked great the first time out. Thanks Orvis and Spencer

  • 5/5

    Higa's S.O.S. - 11/14/2014

    This is my 2nd order of these flies in size 16 and 18. They have attracted fish on slow days, when no other selection seemed to work. Expensive, but effective.

  • 5/5


    I never write reviews but this is one of the few flys that truly deserve a great review. I have fished this fly for several years and always have success with it. It is a great searching nymph. If there is no specific hatch going on, or a midge hatch, try this fly.

  • 5/5

    Great Quality Flies! - 3/7/2014
    By: from Brule WI
    Top 1000 Contributor

    Its winter here in Wisconsin so I haven't had a chance to use these yet. The quality is excellent just as I have come to expect from Orvis products,and they are in my threader box ready for action! Can wait to tie one of these babies on!

  • 5/5

    SOS - 7/5/2013
    By: from Mountain city , TN
    Top 100 Contributor

    I tie two of these to my Tippett about a foot apart use a strike Indicator and have a blast , great on small creeks or Narrow parts of a river ....

  • 5/5

    Great Fly Anywhere! - 3/29/2013

    This fly is awesome! Caught several fish on this when other flies weren't working. I caught one of my largest brown's to date with this fly on the Green River in Utah.

  • 5/5

    great bug,, - 2/27/2013
    By: from Bishop,Ca.

    fishing, the wild trout section lower Owens river in BISHOP CA, was killing them on S.O.S. size 16 & smaller, the big ones are hard to catch, but nailed a nice brown about 18" it was the bug they seam to eat all weekend.. awesome fly

  • 5/5

    Go-To Nymph - 12/4/2012
    By: from Colorado

    I've been fishing this from March 2012 through December 2012 now and it has become one of my go to confidence patterns. Is it a midge? Is it a BWO or some other mayfly? The pattern is just flat out versatile,and I have had success in rivers, streams, and still waters across Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. I bought a countless number of these flies this year because they just get eaten so much.

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