Boyd's Special: Henry's Lake Renegade


Boyd's Henry's Lake Special Renegade
This fly and tying tutorial is dedicated to our good buddy Boyd Guymon, who passed away a few months ago after a very long battle with cancer. Boyd was one of the most happy and helpful fly tyers and fisherman we've known. During his last few years as he battled the nasty cancer, he would always make the time to come visit us in the shop where he'd regale us with stories of his fishing exploits -- primarily up at Henry's Lake in Idaho where he spent a lot of time with his wife living out of their camper trailer.

In particular, Boyd would get so excited to chat about the flies he'd be using up there. He would often tweak his own patterns or fine tune others' patterns as he searched for the magic bullet on a given lake. For this pattern, he took the standard double renegade, that is still very popular at Henry's lake and was a pattern I'd seen at FlyAnglersOnline a number of years ago and he added a bit of a hot spot with some red vinyl tubing along the butt. Every time he came in, he would buy more of the body material and tubing and tell us how many huge fish he was catching on the pattern.
Boyd Guymon

Since it's what I do, I made a couple of small tweaks to the pattern and used it. I felt the resin hot spot was a good swap for the small piece of tubing and I like to mix up the hackle color (some use all brown) but the rest of the pattern is pretty much the same. I've had some good days on this pattern on a number of local lakes here in Utah. If you're ever fishing Henry's Lake, you'll see people fishing this great pattern. Here's Boyd's version with the resin swap out:

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Hook: Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless - 12
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red
Hot Spot: Loon UV Colored Fly Finish - Hot Red
Hackle 1: Flash Sale Hackle 509 - Whiting Cape Bronze - White
Hackle 2: Flash Sale Hackle 445 - High & Dry Saddle - Dyed Coachman Brown (size 10-12)
Body: Micro Lucent Chenille - Black
Head: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

Other tools from the tutorial:
Renzetti Master Vise
Loon UV Infiniti Light
C&F Design Midge Hackle Pliers