The RS2 of Rim Chung
Several weeks ago in the chat room I overheard a bit of interest in a great fly, the RS2.
There being a fair amount of interest in this fly, it should make for an interesting addition
to the archives here on FAOL.
Now those of you who know me, know I am a meat and potatoes sort of tier. I want them
fast, easy and simple. (sorta like my Saturday night dates).
I want to sit down at the bench and tie a dozen in no more than an hour. This fly easily
meets those criteria.
Anything I tie must also catch fish. Pretty, elaborate flies catch fisherman, and find there
way behind and under glass. The only place I want to see my flies displayed are in the
mouth of a fish.
The RS2 will catch fish! It is quite versatile. It can be a nymph or an emerger, which was
it's original intent, depending on where you fish it in the water column. The fish of course
RS2 is short for "Rim's Semblance 2" It was invented by Rim Chung some 30 years ago,
and while it has remained quietly in the background while more famous flies are used by
legions of anglers, it has caught many, many fish. It is a great fly for heavily fished areas
for just this reason.
It can be tied in any color you choose, the wing however has traditionally been dark blue
dun webby hackle barbules tied in with the shaft clipped short.
If you need weight I would suggest you add it stream side unless you know just how
much the area you are going to fish will require, and whether you may need it as an emerger.
Hook: Size 10 to 18 dry fly hook (the original had a straight eye) .
Thread: 6/0 or 8/0 to match dubbing.
Tail: Dark Dun Microfibbets.
Abdomen: Beaver dubbing of your choice.
Thorax: Same as body.