How to Tie the RS2 Fly
Learn how to tie the RS2 fly pattern, including step-by-step instructions, a video tutorial, pictures, and much more. Improve your fly tying skills here.
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The RS2 is a small emerger pattern you can turn to anytime fish are feeding on smaller insects like BWOs, Midges, and even Tricos. The RS2 is very easy to tie and can be fished throughout the year in various settings and situations, from skinny limestone creeks to large tailwaters out west. Follow along as Levi shows the step-by-step directions needed to tie this effective pattern.
- Hook: Ahrex FW500; size 18
- Thread: UNI-Thread (color: tan; size: 8/0)
- Tail: Hareline Dun Mayfly Tails
- Body: Hareline Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing (color: Adams Grey)
- Wing: Hareline CDC Oiler Puffs (color: Dun)
- Thorax: Hareline Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing (color: Adams Grey)
Begin the pattern by wrapping the Uni-Thread around the base of the hook several times. Make sure to start at the thorax and work your way back towards the bend in the hook, then clip the excess amount off.
For the second step, apply a small amount of Hairline Superfine Dubbing onto the thread and wrap it around the bottom of the shank. Next, place the first Hairline Dun Mayfly Tail on the side of the hook furthest away from you and tie it in. Repeat this step for the second tail on the opposite side. Both tails should be about the length of the hook shank. Use one pinch wrap to set the tail, then run the thread to the thorax.
Moving onto the body, apply dubbing to your thread and begin winding towards the bend in the shank. Ensure the dubbing wraps are nice and tight and make the thorax a little more pronounced than the abdomen. Once your thread is at the rear of your hook, wind it forward to create segmentation; make sure the wraps are spaced evenly.
For the wing, take two small CDC Oiler Puff feathers and tie them in. Make sure they extend approximately 50 percent into the dubbed body, then clip. Apply a little more dubbing to the thread and wrap it around the thorax several times. Work the thread towards the eye and after a few more wraps, complete the pattern by securing a whip finish.