Montana guide Tim Linehan–of Linehan Outfitting Company in northwestern Montana–loves to fish the Freddy on waters big and small, and it has proven itself an exceptional terrestrial/attractor pattern. The Freddy (or Freddie) is the creation of legendary Montana guide John Foust, who passed away earlier this year. (You can read Mark Raisler’s remembrance of him here.) Foust had a huge influence in his home state, and his patterns will catch trout for generations to come.
In this great video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler shows you how to tie the Freddy, which requires a bit of preparation before you even sit at the vise. First, you must create the foam “sandwich” that makes the body of the fly. As usual, Tim shows you the easiest way to do this so it comes out right every time. Then, it’s just a matter of lashing it all to the hook, and the resulting pattern is buggy and will float all day long.
Body prep: Light brown and dark brown 2mm foam, plus tan Furry Foam, separated. Attach layers using 3M Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive. Cut bodies to shape with scissors or with foam cutters, such as those from River Road Creations.
Hook: 3X-long streamer/nymph hook (here a Lightning Strike SN3), size 10.
Thread: Tan, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Underbody: Tan rabbit-fur dubbing.
Adhesive #1: Superglue.
Rear legs: Round rubber legs.
Adhesive #2: Superglue.
Front legs: Round rubber legs.
Post: Orange S-Lon or similar.
Adhesive #3: Head cement.
Tools: Paper cutter, shallow cardboard box, whip finish tool.