The best little dry fly that i have ever fished

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  1. Beachmen

    Beachmen Active Member

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    I don't know about you but the Renegade has got to be the best old school little dry fly out there. I don't have a dry fly that catches more fish that i can fish year round. Its easy and fast to tie. Staying in the range of size 14-8 if and when I am dry fly fishing i with use this at some point in the mid day. normally i throw streamers but i always with dry a dry. i even have some with a gold bead on them because even sunk this fly works like a charm. in my box i have a total of 3 dozen of this one fly. this is a fly that i recomend for every fly fisherman's box.

    Renegade.JPG View attachment 18587
    Renegade elk hair.JPG
     
  2. Mark Walker

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    Great! You let the cat out of the bag!
     
  3. Beachmen

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    hahahahaha oh come on everyone need to know this little fly. its 80+ years old and a basic for all tiers.
     
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    I like the one with the wing. I have trouble seeing basic renegades so even a little white antron would help.
     
  5. Beachmen

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    well normally what i will do is use it as my second fly if i go to size 14-12 and use solid white hackle for the head. i do a heavy amount of hackle for my dry ones. but most of the rivers i fish are small. and im only casting about 30ft. but the one with the wing i have used when caddis are out and it works as a great back up for a dark elk hair caddis.
     
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    Renegades and "sparsely" tied soft hackles...OH BABY!:D
     
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  7. Beachmen

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    try a renegade with a bead head you might like that as well.
     
  8. vmthtr in green bay

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    That is Brown, peacock and Grizz right?
     
  9. Norm Frechette

    Norm Frechette Googlemeister

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    a tag of gold tinsel, brown, peacock and white is a renegade. grizzly would make it a variant
     
  10. Beachmen

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    yes that is all it is.
     
  11. Beachmen

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    thats why there are two pictures. one with grizz one with white. most of the ones i tie have white.
     
  12. Jack Devlin

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    Kind of looks like the old standby the bi-visible which I tied and fished (wet and dry) 50 years ago.
    jack
     
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    yup
     
  14. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    I have never tied or fished that popular fly pattern...my trudes are the closest to that I suppose.
     
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    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    I always start with some Renegade variant on the mountain lakes I fish. Such a successful and under-regarded fly. Many a day I've started with it, changing to other patterns just to see what else will work....and found that out-performs everything else. It is even (as the OP mentions) a very effective wet-fly.....fished at a variety of depths.

    I'm always amused how offended some fly fishers are when they see me catching fish, ask what I'm using, and find out it's a lowly Renegade. It must hurt their finer sensibilities!
     
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