Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tying a Sulphur Usual

Here's another snowshoe rabbit foot wing pattern that is both easy to tie and very effective.  It is a variation on Fran Betters' venerable pattern, the Usual.  The great thing about this pattern is that by changing the color of the body and the size, you can imitate any mayfly dun you wish.  The pattern is durable and floats great - after you catch a fish or two, blot the fly dry and restore it with Frog's Fanny, and it will float like new.  There's nothing like a fly that's easy to tie and catches trout!

Hook: #16 Std. dry fly
Thread: 6/0 Danville yellow
Wing: Snowshoe rabbit foot hair
Tail: Woodduck flank fibers.  You can also use zelon or antron for a shuck, or snowhoe rabbit foot hair just as Fran did
Body: Yellow dyed rabbit fur

Sharpen your hooks!


Brk Trt said...

I like the fly, and the video is excellent.
I also think the wood duck tail is a good idea, it's much easier to tie in.
I tied a few and will test them today.

Swamp Yankee said...

Awesome videos. I'm always impressed! They have been a helpfully tool to learn new patterns or soon how someone else uses certain techniques. Like removing the middle hairs from the rabbits foot in this video.

Matt Grobert said...

Brk Trt and Swp Yankee - Thanks much.
BrkTrt - let us know how you do with them.