Classic Video: How to Tie Tom Rosenbauer’s Rabbit’s Foot Emerger

Tom’s version is slightly different, but of course you can tie this in various colors to match the naturals.
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A while ago, we posted an article by Tom Rosenbauer on his most successful fly pattern, the Rabbit’s Foot Emerger. The immediate response from readers was, “Show us how to tie it!” Luckily, our friends from Tightline Productions were on the case, and Tim Flagler quickly produced this excellent video (which is the only kind of video they make, of course). After Tim made the video, he sent it to us to see what Tom thought. Tom’s response was, “It looks a LOT better than mine! Terrific video, really nice job.” (It’s as if Flagler and Rosenbauer were having a humble-off.)

As usual, there are great tying tips here that go beyond the specific pattern. I especially like the technique of cutting the Antron with just one blade of the scissors to give the trailing shuck a more natural look. You can tie this pattern to match any emerging mayfly, and I can personally attest to its effectiveness in imitating the Pale Morning Duns of Yellowstone National Park.

          Rosenbauer’s Rabbit’s Foot Emerger
          Hook: Curved emerger hook (here a Dai-Riki #125), size 14-20.
          Thread: Brown olive, 8/0 or 70 denier.
          Shuck: Chocolate brown Antron dubbing.
          Abdomen: Olive rabbit-fur dubbing.
          Hackle: Dun CDC.
          Wing: Snowshoe-rabbit’s foot hair.
          Head: Dark olive rabbit fur.

4 thoughts on “Classic Video: How to Tie Tom Rosenbauer’s Rabbit’s Foot Emerger”

  1. I would love to hear recommended size and color combinations for some of the more common Eastern hatches!

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