This dry fly can be used on both river and lake. An excellent pattern for cutthroat trout. It was devised in Wyoming by Taylor 'Beartracks' Williams around the late 1920's. Ernest Hemingway enjoyed fly fishing and is quoted in saying, "Taylor Williams came to work in Sun Valley (Idaho) in 1937 (as hunting and fishing guide). He was an excellent dry fly fisherman. He always said that he was responsible for the renegade fly." Some patterns make us wonder what trout see in them. The renegade is one such pattern. It works in smaller sizes as a mating midge cluster but also works in larger sizes as an all around dry fly attractor for those times when you feel like fishing a dry but nothing is rising. The fly works as to the trout it looks like something edible. What I am not to sure but they seem to like it. I use a small renegade during midge hatches as it looks like a couple of mating midges. Midges or gnats are the staple diet of most trout. These tiny insects are found on most rivers, lakes and streams. They have small dark bodies and whitish wings.
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|Hook:||Dry Fly hook, Size 10 - 20.|
|Thread:||Dark Brown or Black 8/0.|
|Front Hackle:||White neck or saddle hackle (Sized to hook).|
|Tag||Gold tinsel or Gold mylar tinsel.|
|Rear Hackle:||Brown neck or saddle.|
- Tie on your thread and run it to the middle of the slope of the hook. Tie in a piece of mylar and wrap the shank to create a silver tag on the fly. Tie off, and trim the excess mylar.
- Tie in an appropriately sized brown saddle hackle. The hackle should be between 1.25 and 1.5 times the gap of the hook. Wrap your hackle about 5-6 time to form the rear wing. Tie off the hackle and trim it.
- Tie in 4-5 strands of peacock herl by their tips. Wrap the peacock herl around your tying thread to reinforce the herl. Wrap the herl forward about 3/4 of the hook shank.
- Tie off the herl, and trim the excess. Prepare and tie in a white saddle hackle.
- Wrap the white hackle to the head. You will want to have a similarly sized wing in the front and back. Tie off the hackle, and trim the excess. Add a whip finish to the fly, and add a dab of head cement to the head.
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