This week PRO-Team member Edward Muzeroll has created the Rusty Rat....
The Rat series of flies was originated and introduced in 1911 by Roy Angus Thompson whose initials: R.A.T. represents this oddly named series. It is believed that the Rusty Rat is far and away the most popular of the Rat flies and may, in fact, be the most frequently fished Atlantic salmon fly of all time. This, however, is not a Thompson original, and according to Joseph Bates, it was tied and introduced by Dr. Orrin Summers.
There is, however yet another very credible story of how the Rusty Rat came into being. According to the late J.C. Arsenault, who for nearly fifty years supplied flies and tackle to the well-heeled salmon anglers of Quebec and New Brunswick, it was he who tied the first Rusty Rat in 1949.
HOOK: PARTRIDGE BARTLEET SUPREME CS10/2
TAG: OVAL GOLD TINSEL
TAIL: A BUNCH OF PEACOCK SWORD FIBERS.
BODY: REAR HALF: ORANGE-YELLOW FLOSS, VEILED ON TOP WITH ORANGE-YELLOW FLOSS EXTENDING TO THE MIDDLE OF THE TAIL. FRONT HALF: PEACOCK HERL.
RIB: OVAL GOLD TINSEL.
WING: GREY FOX GUARD HAIRS.
COLLAR: SOFT GRIZZLY HACKLE.
CHEEKS: JUNGLE COCK (OPTIONAL)