Hook: Standard Dry Fly Hook. Size #12 to #18.
Tying thread: Cream or brown 8/0.
Tag: Gold Mylar Tinsel, extra-small.
Rear Hackle: Brown Hackle.
Front Hackle: Cream or White Hackle.
Body: Peacock Herl.
Head: Tying Thread.
It is believed that this fly was invented in Wyoming by a man named Taylor “Beartracks” Williams in the 1920’s. It was also a favorite of Ernest Hemingway. This was one of the first dry flies I attempted when I was first learning to tie flies. Why this fly? Well, I was an inexperienced tier. The Renegade had no wings so I thought it would be an easier pattern to tie.
The Renegade is a great classic fly. Many fly fishers believe this fly doesn’t mimic anything on the water. Some believe it represents midges mating. Others maintain that it represents aquatic “snails”, of all things. I only know it catches a lot of fish!
The Renegade has two hackles so it floats very well and is visible in many lighting conditions. Now I’m going to tell you about a little secret on how to fish this fly. At the end of your “dry fly drift” don’t pick it up. Drag the fly under the water and give it a few short strips. You can also sink it early on in your drift and fish it like a wet fly. I’ve had great luck with both these fishing techniques.
Begin by wrapping your thread from behind the eye to slightly beyond the bend of the hook. Tie in your Mylar Gold Tinsel. Wrap it approximately ¼ down the bend and back. Now tie it off. Next you’re going to tie in your rear Brown Hackle. Make about 4-5 tight wraps in front of the gold tag. Tie off and cut off the tag end of your hackle. Now it’s time to tie in the peacock body. Tie in a couple strands of Peacock Herl. Before I wrap it forward I twist it around my tying thread to create better durability. Now wrap it forward. Make sure you leave enough room behind the eye to tie in and wrap your Cream/White Hackle. Tie in your front hackle. Again 4-5 tight wraps. Tie it off and cut off the tag end. Create a head with thread wraps.
Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions has a great instructional video on how to tie this Bivisible below:
If you have any questions about this fly or would like to submit a Fly of the Month I can be reached at 203 305-3850 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .