Here They Come!
Well, I promised it would be here. The materials list was posted, the announcements numerous. The suspense has been building. Hell, the suspense is building right now. Up, nope, there it goes. Well before I take away anything else, here is the pattern for the "Rust Buster." This fly has caught everything from perch to trout to carp to even a few bass. Although it was originally made for carp, many different alterations can be made to fish it. Added legs make it a successful stonefly pattern, while a longer tail seems to entice perch and bass. As for the carp, well they seem to like just plain, like it's tied here. Give it a shot, no matter what type of fish your after.
Here is the recipe for the "Rust Buster":
The Rust Buster:
An all around great pattern
Put your hook in the vise, and start a thread base at the front of the hook. The first step is to tie in the Dumbell Eyes, and then glue them in place with the zap a gap. The eyes can be tied in and glued just as you normally would. Once finished, it will look something like this:
The next step is to bring the thread to the back of the hook shank and tie in the tail. Just take a relatively small section of the marabou, and just one feather. Tie it in, but be sure the thread is still toward the back of the shank when completed:
Now that you have something like the above picture, you should start tying in the olive dubbing. Use a dubbing loop or spin the dubbing onto the thread, then tie it in. The dubbing should come up to almost where the eyes are, with a small taper toward the back. It will look something like this:
Now that the back of the fly is complete, it's time for the front of the fly. Take the black dubbing, and tie it in starting where you finished with the olive dubbing. Whatever technique you used to tie that in will work for this as well. The one thing to not forget is to make sure the dubbing is figured eighted around the eyes so there is no bald spot above or below the eyes. It will look completed, just like this:
Now all you need to do is whip finish the thread, cut it off, and take your fly out to your local pond or stream. Just add water, and it catches fish! Here is the completely finished fly: