Friday, April 6, 2012

Betty McNall

Originated by Betty McNall of Colorado. A variation of the Royal Coachman trude which is desirable when a little more red wanted.

Betty McNall

Hook -  Dry/nymph style size 8-14
Thread - Brown
Tail - Dyed red hackle fibers
Body - Red floss with peacock herl tied in at the butt
WING - White calf tail tied over the body and extending to length of body and tail
Hackle - Brown 
Head - Peacock herl

Reference: Popular Fly Patterns by Terry Hellekson


cofisher said...

I tie one very similar to this without the red tail. Nice fly!

Anonymous said...

Great Pattern. I'm curious, you mentioned it would be great for when more red is wanted, under what circumstances do you want more red or less red?

Normand Frechette said...

the mention of more red was made by the author of the book and not by me but i suspect it would be that since there is no peacock her up forward that would give you more red in the pattern.

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine fished the Betty McNall fly many years ago and is trying to find the original pattern which he insists is different from the recipe printed in the Hellekson. Does anyone recall the original recipe?