Rylee’s Cripple- by Lucas Langton

featured, Fly Patterns, Step-by-Step Tutorials — By on January 23, 2013 11:10 pm

I was off work for two weeks for the birth of our daughter, between the every two hour feedings and diaper changes I tied flies and read issues of Hatches. One of the articles “Parafoam Dry Flies” by Alex Cerveniak, changed the way I tie most my dry flies. I think the parafoam style is an ingenious way of incorporating foam which helps floatability and the para- loop hackle which keeps the hackle on top of the fly which allows the fly to ride better in the surface film. The parafoam style dries make really effective emerger and cripple patterns.

I spend most my time fishing the small Blue Ribbon Trout Streams in Missouri; there are a handful of streams that have wild self-sustaining rainbow trout. These trout streams are fairly heavily pressured, nothing like the trout parks or tailwaters but they see a fair number of anglers. The fish spook especially easy, stealth is a must and I have been very successful fishing film patterns (emergers and cripples). Two of my favorite cripple patterns are Rylee’s BWO Cripple and Rylee’s PMD Cripple.

Hook: Gamakatsu C16-B
Thread: Cream UTC 140
Tail: 3 strands of Moose Mane & Brown olive Antron
Body: Thread & Clear V-Rib
Thorax: PMD superfine dubbing, White foam, and Barred Ginger Hackle
Wings: Loop wing White Antron & Bleached Elk Hair
Head: Thread

Attach your thread and tie in your 3 strands of moose mane and about half of a strand of brown-olive antron.

Tie in the clear v-rib; I tie it in even to where I attached the thread it helps keep a smooth body. Return the thread to the front of the body and wrap the v-rib, then tie it off.

Now you can tie in your foam and hackle. I like to tie the foam in where it will stop even to the small bend in the hook shank.

Now wrap your hackle around your foam and tie it off at the base of the post.

First add a small amount of dubbing, I use just enough to hide my thread. Next you can make your two small loop wings with white antron. I usually split a strand in half and use a half on each side.

After you get your loop wings built you can pull your hackle post over, in-between the two wings and tie it off.

You’re ready to clean and stack a small clump of bleached elk hair. Tie it in reverse with the butts facing the back of the fly. Once you have them secured lift the hair on the front to start building your head. After the head is built whip finish and glue.

Trim the butts be careful not to cut your hackle fibers. Now you’re ready to fish Rylee’s cripple during the next PMD hatch.

BWO version

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  1. Alex Cerveniak says:

    Great looking pattern!

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  2. Brian Koz says:

    very good looking pattern, I may have to whip a few of those up for some sexy slick water on the Au Sable…
    Tight Lines,

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  3. Landon says:

    Fun pattern to tie! Looking forward to tossing a few of these around.

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