''Rusty Rat' (Variant)
Hook: Partridge CS10/1 or Daiichi 2051 Sizes #6 through #2
Tag: Fine Gold Tinsel
Tail: Natural Peacock Sword(s)
Body: 1/2 GloBrite (#9) Yellow Floss (w/ Floss Veil) - 1/2 Peacock Herl
Rib: Fine Oval Gold Tinsel over floss - Medium Gold Oval Tinsel over Peacock
Collar(s): Sparse Iron Dun Hen Hackle under Natural Guinea
Wing: Natural Grey Squirrel Tail accented with Black Hills Gold Lite-Brite
Head: Danville Red no-wax Flymaster thread
Scott Howell had a talent for taking old patterns and reworking them with new materials so that they became a better fly, and he showed his usual mastery with this fly.
The venerable Rusty Rat was originated by J.C. "Clovis" Arsenault in 1949, an internationally known fly tyer in his day. He sold this and many other flies around the world, but the Rusty Rat has become know through the years as a one of the most successful of the Atlantic Salmon hairwings. It has been equally successful with Steelhead.
You can read about Scotty and see many more of his flies on his page on this site, Scotty Howell Flies.