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How to Tie a Sulphur Usual

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  Tightline Productions

Matt Grobert shows how to tie his Sulpher Usual, a variation of Fran Betters’s “Usual,” on a Dai-Riki #305 size 16 dry fly hook.  As Grobert says of the fly: “The great thing about this pattern is that by changing the color of the body and the size, you can imitate any mayfly dun you wish. The pattern is durable and floats great—after you catch a fish or two, blot the fly dry and restore it with Frog’s Fanny, and it will float like new.”

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  • Tightline

    I most certainly understand your frustration Jim but adding alternatives, be they materials or tying methods, to the videos would make them a good bit longer and less clear. Also, one man’s unusual is another man’s everyday. Most of the larger fly tying supply houses carry both snowshoe rabbit as well as wood duck. If they’re not available at your local fly shop, you can certainly order them online. Both materials are wonderful to work with and are able to serve multiple functions on a wide variety of patterns. Personally, I can’t imagine tying without either of them.

    Hope this helps.

  • Mike

    I’d like to reiterate Jim’s question. My local shop is out of snowshoe, I’m leaving for a trip in two weeks and am also wondering if there is suitable alternative to use in a pinch besides deer hair. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Mike

    I am also wondering if there are any suitable alternatives for snowshoe, besides deer hair, I’m leaving for a trip in two weeks and my local shop is out. Any suggestions would be appreciated. thanks.

  • Mike Eckhardt

    Hi, my apologies if this shows up more than once, I was having a posting issue. I am also curious if anyone has an alternative to using snowshoe, my local shop is out and I’m leaving for a trip in two weeks, I’d also like to avoid deer hair. thanks.

    • Tightline

      You could use deer hair, which would basically make the fly a comparadun. Someone else suggested poly yarn because it’s visible and floats well, this too might be worth a try. In small sizes, say 18 and below, a CDC puff or two should work real well.

      When you have a little more time, do try the snowshoe rabbits foot, it’s great stuff. Good luck on your trip!