The Renegade is one of those classic attractor patterns that doesn’t necessarily look like anything in nature but has consistently caught fish for decades. With fore and aft hackles like its relative, the Bivisible, the Renegade floats well in rough water and looks buggy enough to bring fish to the surface. Plus, the contrasting hackles make the fly easy to see in all kinds of light. Bonus tip: The Renegade also works well when it’s sunk.
In his latest how-to video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions walks you through the process of tying a Renegade, explaining how to choose the right hackles, orient the peacock herl, and make a clean thread head.
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here, a Dai-Riki #300), sizes 12-18.
Thread: Cream, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Tag: Gold/silver Mylar Tinsel, extra-small.
Rear hackle: Brown.
Body: Peacock herl.
Front hackle: Cream or white.
Head: Tying thread.