Repetition 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.
Mustad S60-3399A #6
Alec Jackson Spey #1.5
Kamasan B280 #4
Kamasan B280 #8
Partridge Patriot #8
Veniard Slipstream Tube
Made these the other day before I went out fishing, I really like how the color on this one is in the water! Have made a black version and will also do a red and a blue one to see how they are. Great pattern that you should try out.
Hook: TMC777SP #6
Thread: Benecchi Red
Tag: Benecchi Red Thread
Tail: Hareline Wooly Bugger Marabou Rusty Brown
Body: Hareline Hare’s Ear Ice Dub
Hackle: Whiting Bronze Brown
Rib: Copper thread
Eyes: The Fly Co Beadchain Black #M
Magnus is a classic scandinavian seatrout fly, here tied in a rusty version with brown/rusty colors in the hackle and the tail. This is a very durable fly: the hackle is secured with a copper rib and the head is finished with superglue, then Bug Bond to create the head around the bead eyes. It can be weighted down with some led, but these have no additional weight as I want to fish them in shallow waters and slowly.
Inspiration came from the “Flugfiske i Norden” (Flyfishing in the nordics) magazine that have a great article on hackle flies for seatrout in the latest edition.