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Rusty's White Knot (Green Drake version)
tied by woodpig
Fly Type: Dry,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Northeast US,
Hook: 1x long dry fly, #8-12
Thread: Uni-Thread 6/0 Olive Dun
Tails: 3-5 moose body hairs
Body: deer body hair, olive
Wing: elk hair, natural or bleached
Hackle: 2 Grizzly dyed olive dry fly hackles
Tying Instructions: Tie in the tails a little further back than on a normal dry fly. The olive deer hair for the body should be stacked, measured and cut to length such that the tips will flare around the moose hair tails. Tie the deer hair in by the butts and wrap in evenly spaced turns to the bend. Flare the tips with a firm wrap or two at the bend, then wrap back in evenly spaced turns to the tie-in point. This will create the cross-hatched pattern of thread wraps along the length of the body.
Tie in the bunch of elk hair for the wing by its butts with the tips pointing toward the rear of the fly. Trim the butts at a 45-degree angle, bind the butts firmly, then take 4-5 turns around the wing post, working up and back down to the shank to provide a base for the parachute hackle.
Tie in and wrap parachute hackle as you normally would.
Presentation Tips: Dead-drift. This fly was created by the late Rusty Gates of Grayling, Michigan. The original version used reddish-brown deer hair for the body and a white deer belly hair wing to imitate Isonychia duns. This version is meant to imitate Green Drake duns.
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