The Lime Trude is one of my favorite attractor patterns. While I typically fish it dry, it can also be swept under and fished through as a wet fly. The lime color matches many summer caddis and stoneflies, and the bright white wing makes it really stand out on the riffles. This is a great fly out of the boat, on rivers like the Eagle and Colorado. Pay close attention to how the hackle is wrapped, as it is typical to have some trouble wrapping the hackle over the large base of the calf hair wing. The thread trick shown here is a great one and applies to any fly tied with this type of wing. Twist a few up and see what you can do with them this summer.
Hook: TMC 100SP-BL #10-18
Thread: Chartreuse 70 Denier
Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippets
Body: Chartreuse Lime Dubbing
Wing: White Calf Tail Hair
Hackle: Brown and Grizzly Rooster Saddle or Neck Hackle
Attach the thread at the seventy percent pint and wrap a thread base back to the bend.
Select a golden pheasant tippet feather and preen about a dozen fibers out to the side. Be sure to keep the black bands on the feathers aligned as you do this. Measure the tippet fibers against the shank so they are a shank length long. Tie them in at the bend of the hook and wrap forward over the butt ends to the seventy percent point on the hook. Clip the butt ends at that point.
Apply a thin strand of dubbing to the thread and build a slightly tapered body from the bend of the hook forward to the sixty percent point on the shank.
Build a thread base from the front edge of the body up to the hook eye and back again. Cut, clean and stack a clump of calf tail hair. Be sure to clean ALL of the short hairs from the clump and really rap it in the stacker to even the tips. The curly nature of calf tail adds flotation to the fly, but is also quite hard to stack nicely. Measure the clump of hair against the shank so it is equal to one shank length long.
Tie the calf hair in at the front edge of the body, forming a band of thread as you secure it. Wrap over the calf right up to the front edge of the body.
Cut the butt ends of the calf tail hair at an angle from the front to the back as shown. The tapered base will help with hackling in the next few steps.
Build a smooth thread base over the remaining stub ends of the hair, and end with the thread at the base of the wing. Select two brown hackle feathers that have barbs equal to about one and a half hook gaps. Prepare the bases of the feathers by stripping the fibers from the quill for a distance equal to that of the distance from just behind the hook eye to the base of the wing. I like to leave a little bit of bare stem extending beyond the tie down at the rear. This will assure that the first turn of hackle stands straight up. Wrap forward over the hackle stems to bind them down all the way to the hook eye and bring the thread back again to the base of the wing. Do not move the thread up to the hook eye. We are going to use the weight of the thread and bobbin to keep the hackle from sliding down the thread base as we wrap the hackle forward.
Begin wrapping the hackle by passing it over the top of the hook and behind the hanging thread as you wrap forward. Continue wrapping the hackle forward to the hook eye, and tie it off there with a couple secure wraps of thread. Clip the tip ends of the hackle flush against the hook eye and build a smooth thread head to cover the butts. Whip finish and clip the thread.