Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Royal Trude Cripple

Fly Tying Demonstration by
NIFTY member Paul Melchior
December 14, 2014
Royal Trude Cripple

• Hook: Standard Dry Fly size 10 to 18
• Thread: Red—size 210 to 8/0
• Tail: Brown Zelon/Antron yarn
• Body: Peacock Herl with red thread center
• Wing: White Puglesi Fiber
• Hackle: Brown

About the Fly:

Carter Harrison, a former mayor of Chicago, is frequently credited with inventing the Trude Fly in the early 1900’s. In truth, Mayor Harrison seems more to be the popularizer of the pattern actually developed by Mr AS Trude, then the owner of the Trude Ranch. Some accounts have Mr Harrison tying the first Trude while staying at the Ranch. Other accounts, including a letter written by Mr
Harrison, says Mr Trude brought the fly to him while the Harrison party was camped near the ranch. The Chicago based Trude family still owns the Trude Ranch in Idaho. The Trude series of flies, like the Wulff series created many years later, were among the first flies to use animal hair for wings instead of feathers, until that time, the traditional choice for dry fly wings. Professional guide and Montana Fly Company contract fly designer Rowan Nyman is credited with the Royal Wulff Cripple. West Yellowstone’s Blue Ribbon Flies adapted his pattern, utilizing a down wing configuration (ie a Trude wing) rather than the upright wing of the original pattern. They tie it in small sizes as to imitate a flying ant, though in larger sizes it should do well as a general attractor pattern, especially deadly in broken, faster currents.

Tying Instructions:

1. Start thread just in back of the hook eye. Attach a 1” piece of Zelon/Antron yarn 2 hook eye widths
behind the eye. Bind down yarn along top of the shank so it extends past the bend.
2, Divide the hook shank into 2/3 and 1/3 sections. The body will occupy the rear 2/3 of the shank.
Within the 2/3 section, divide that area into 3 equal portions
Tie in one peacock herl strand by tip and wind forward to form first body segment.
3. Wind a center section in front of the first herl segment using red tying thread
4. If enough herl left, form a final segment beginning at the front edge of the red center. If the strand is not long enough, attach a new strand at the front edge of the red band and form the third and final
5. Move your thread to the hook eye and tie in a 1-1/2” long bunch of Puglesi Fiber. The majority of the material should extend rearward over the body, but some should also extend forward of the hook eye. Wind the thread rearward to form a smooth thread base, ending at the front of the peacock herl.
6. Attach a brown hackle at the rear of the open thread area and advance thread to the hook eye. Wind the hackle forward to the hook eye, tie off excess and trim hackle.
7. Whip finish the head.
8. Trim the brown Zelon so it extends about 1 gap past the hook bend
9. Trim the rear wing so it extends even with the tail
10. Trim the front wing material so it extends 1 gap past the hook eye.
11. Trim the brown hackle so it is flat across the bottom and reaches to the midpoint of the hook gap
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