Rusty Rat (Variant)
Tied by Scott Howell
Scott Howell had a talent for
taking old patterns and reworking them with new materials so
that they become a better fly, and he have shown his usual
mastery with this fly.
The venerable Rusty Rat was
originated by J.C. "Clovis" Arsenault in 1949, an
internationally known fly tyer in his day. He sold this and many
other flies around the world, but the Rusty Rat has become know
through the years as a one of the most successful of the
Atlantic Salmon hairwings. It has been equally successful with
Hook: Partridge CS10/1
or Daiichi 2051 Sizes #6 through #2
Tag: Fine Gold Tinsel
Tail: Natural Peacock Sword
Body: 1/2 GloBrite (#9) Yellow Floss (w/ Floss Veil) -
1/2 Peacock Herl.
Rib: Fine Oval Gold Tinsel over floss - Medium Gold Oval
Tinsel over Peacock.
Collar: Sparse Iron Dun Hen Hackle under Natural Guinea
Wing: Natural Grey Squirrel Tail accented with Black
Hills Gold Lite-Brite.
Head: Danville Red no-wax Flymaster thread
Scotty Howell, Bothell, WA 2004 ©