This week's Friday Night Fly Tying video is a dandy - Fran Betters' Usual tied by Davie McPhail. The Usual is a very versatile fly pattern and can be tied to represent many of the larger, high riding mayflies such as the Hendrickson, Cahill and Sulphur simply by varying the color.
Well if you are looking for a simple dry fly to tie, the Usual is it. Using just one material, Snowshoe Rabbit, you can whip off a dozen of these in no time. Snowshoe Rabbit is pretty easy to tie with but there are a few things to keep in mind when tying the Usual and working with Snowshoe Rabbit.
If you are looking for Fran Betters' book Fly Fishing, Fly Tying and Pattern Guide (the one Davie highly recommends in the video) it's out of print. Not to worry though, you can usually find used copies of Betters' book on Amazon.
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