The Dirty Red is a quintessential Bighorn River streamer pattern. Mention the name to any Bighorn guide who has been here for a while and they all have a story involving this great pattern. Developed by the late Bighorn guide Kenny Schneider, this mangy streamer gets the job done when a lot of standard bugs are not producing.
Essentially a Muddler based pattern, the Dirty Red adds Bucktail for a solid profile and a solid fly structure that moves water. Think Clouser Minnow meets Muddler Minnow. The trick to tying this bug is not a perfectly clipped hair head, but a very rough cut shape. This allows the bug to ‘swim’ better in the water and just works better.
The most popular color, hence the name, is the Black/Red combination. We really like the Purple/Black combination also as an alternate color. Add a little flash or leave it bland, it’s up to you. It all seems to work.
Fish this bug with a good weighted tip as the fly itself has no weight and similar to a Zoo Cougar or Muddler, this bug swims better with the weight of a tip. The Dirty red is an equally effective trailer fly, as it is light and easy to cast. Give one a shot the next time you’re down here on the Bighorn. We’ve got them tied up in own version at the shop, or they are also available on our online store.
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