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Step-by-Step Photo Instructions on How to Tie "The Dirty Rat" Fly
May 1, 2012
The Dirty Rat Recipe:
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #2
Thread: Brown 3/0
Tail: Medium Brown Ultra Chenille
Body: Brown and Grey Chickabou
Head: Tan Foam
Eyes: Mirage eyes
Place hook in vice, start thread at rear of shank.
Tie in brown chenille, make the tail about 4 times the length of the shank.
Tie in a bunch of the chickabou, allowing it to spin around the shank.
Continue to add chickabou, usually two more bunches, alternating top and bottom of the shank, we want it to look messy.
Add one more bunch on the bottom, leaving enough room to tie in the foam head.
Cut out the head out of the tan foam, taper one end for the tie in point.
Tie in the head leaving a small portion ahead the thread, this will create a nose, whip finish at this point, Lift up the foam and lay a small bead of Zap-a-gel, squeeze the foam to create a head, and add the Miarge eyes using Zap-a-gel.
Fly in the water, the chickabou flows and moves giving the appearance of a mouse struggling to swim.
"The Rat Pack" The grey ones are tied using EP fibers, easy to cast with a small rod since they won't absorb water.
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