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Rusty Rat: 10 different sizes and types

 

2015.02.14.dryfly.me.rusty_familyRepetition is the key for many things in life, so also with fly tying! When getting into a pattern that I want to explore, or get some new material that I need to get familiar with I tend to sit down and tie up the same pattern in different sizes and on different hooks to see how it comes together.

This week I have focused on the rusty rat: I have tied it up in 10 different variations on singles, doubles and on tube. The pattern itself is a classic one that should need not much introduction (and there are other sites that can describe the background for this pattern much better than I can).

Of all the variations here there is one first for me: slipstream tubes. I have tied a lot of tubes the last year, but this week I got a good offer on some slipstream tubes from Veniard in different sizes, so when I got into the rusty rat I had to tie some up on that as well.

This a very good exercise that I can recommend for anyone: you get to know the pattern, and at the end of the session you know how the pattern is and behaves in different sizes and on different hooks.

TMC7999 #1/0

2015.02.14.dryfly.me.rusty_1-0TMC7999 #4

2015.02.14.dryfly.me.rusty_4TMC7999 #8

2015.02.14.dryfly.me.rusty_8Mustad S60-3399A #6

2015.02.14.dryfly.me.rusty_mustad8Alec Jackson Spey #1.5

2015.02.14.dryfly.me.rusty_jackson15Kamasan B280 #4

2015.02.14.dryfly.me.rusty_kamasan2Kamasan B280 #8

2015.02.14.dryfly.me.rusty_kamasan4Partridge Patriot #8 

2015.02.14.dryfly.me.rusty_partridge_doubleTube

2015.02.14.dryfly.me.rusty_tubeVeniard Slipstream Tube

2015.02.14.dryfly.me.rusty_slipstream