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The RS2 of Rim Chung
Tied by George E. Emanuel

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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 dictates this.

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.

Materials List:

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.

Tying Instructions:

1. Tie onto your hook with the thread and wind a base back to the rear of the barb.

2. Tie in four Microfibbets, slightly longer than the length of the shank, divide, two to each side.

3. Dub a body to about 3/16" behind eye.

4. Tie in a dark blue dun saddle hackle on each side and clip short as a wing stub.

5. Dub a thorax slightly heavier than the body and tie off the thread.

6. Apply a drop of head cement.

7. Go fishing.

Fishing Suggestions

To fish this fly simply use it as a nymph in an up and across dead drift. Or as am emerger down and across or up and across again dead drift. You may get a hard hit just as it begins to rise on the swing as this mimics the behavior of the natural very closely.

Let me know how you make out with this pattern. If you have any questions feel free to write, I will be happy to answer them.

Tight Lines! ~ George

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