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.|
The Renegade can be fished as a dry fly upstream or as an emerger across or down and across stream. It can also be striped just under the surface film.
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