The Renegade
submitted by Elaine Cook

This traditional old dry fly remains effective throughout the West as a dry fly attractant. For you beginners, this is an easy fly to tie. It is also an easy fly to see.

Hook:TMC 100, sizes 10 - 18.
In smaller sizes it feasibly could resemble a cluster of midges.
Thread:Black 8/0
Tag:Gold mylar tinsel.
(Note: it is gold on one side and silver on the other)
Rib:Fine gold wire
Rear Hackle:Brown, barbs equal to 1 1/4 hook gap
Body:Peacock herl
Front Hackle:White hackle, barbs equal to 1 1/2 hook gap

1. Crimp barb.
2. Attach thread mid shank, wrap to rear of shank.
3. Cut end of mylar at an angle. Tie in tip, mylar extending to rear and silver side toward you. Wrap down 1/2 way around bend of hook. Note: this forces the gold side to be exposed. Then back up to part way on shank. Tie off, cut excess. Wrap thread to rear of shank.
4. Prepare rear hackle. Stroke barbs at butt end against the grain so that they stick out at right angles to the stem. Cut 5 - 6 barbs on each side forming a "crew cut".
5. Tie crew cut in with dull side toward you. Wrap three times forward and next to one another. Tie off, cut excess.
6. With rib on top of rear of shank, tie in place. Position thread at rear of shank.
7. Select 1-3 hackle barbs (depending of size of hook) that don't break easily. Cut off butt ends. Tie in cut ends. Make a dubbing loop. Advance thread to 2 eye lengths behind eye. Insert herl into dubbing loop. Twist to make a chenille. Wrap chenille forward in close raps up to thread, tie off, cut excess.
8. Palmer rib forward in 4 - 6 wraps, depending on size of hook. Tie off, cut excess.
9. Prepare, tie in, wrap, and cut off forward hackle the same as rear hackle.
10. Wrap thread head. Whip finish. Cut thread.

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