The Rusty Rat is one of the most famous hairwing flies today, like most popular flies the Rusty Rat has a great history & story, originating from a collaborative effort between Joseph Pulitzer II and Clovis Arseneault.
Pulitzer an avid fisherman noticed one day while fishing the Restigouche River with a Black Rat tied by Clovis that the body of his fly became exposed after landing a few Atlantic Salmon, the damaged Black Rat was now showing an underlying layer of rusty coloured dental floss used by Clovis, continuing to fish the fly Pulitzer proceeded to land a 40+ pound Atlantic Salmon on the “rusty” coloured fly.
After his trip, he took what remained of the damaged fly back to Clovis and had him create a reproduction of the “rusty” fly and Rusty Rat was born.
Hook – Partridge Bartleet Supreme
Thread – Red Danvilles (56) Flymaster 6/0
Tag – Small Lagartun Oval Gold Tinsel
Tail – Peacock Swords
Rib – Small Lagartun Oval Gold Tinsel
Body – Rear, Rusty Orange Uni-Floss. Front Peacock Herl
Veil – Rusty Orange Uni-Floss extending half length of the tail.