Created by Dennis Potter of the River House Fly Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Opal Trude is one of the flies in his Opal Mirage series. This fly pattern might best be used as a caddis imitation but the mirage tinsel body gives it that extra bit of attraction.
Hook: #10-16 dry
Body: Opal Mirage tinsel under brown palmered hackle
Wing: White or light gray EP fibers (or para-post sub)
Hackle: Brown dry fly
This fly pattern can be found in:
David Klausmeyer’s “Favorite Flies,” 2020, amzn.to/3oeSNMa
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