The Lime Trude - Fly of the Month

Trude flies have been around since the early 1900's when Alfred Trude first started using them on the Henery's fork of the Snake River near Island Park, Idaho. It's been a very popular pattern in the Jackson Hole area sine it first won the One-Fly contest in 1986. The major reason for its popularity is that it can be fished wet or dry.

Lime Trude
Ross Purnell
Source: Website flyfisherman.com
Hook: TMC 100
Size: 12~18
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippets
Body: Fluorescent Green Dubbing
Wing: White Calf
Hackle: Brown

Tying Instructions

Step 1: Start thread behind hook eye and wrap to above hook point.
Step 2: Tie in tail material and overwrap to above hook barb. Tail length equals hookshank length.
Step 3: Dub tapered body to 1/3 hookshank.
Step 4: Tie in wing material, butts should be cut tapered to 1 eye length behind hook eye.
Wing tips should reach to 1/2 tail.
Step 5: Tie in Hackle in front of wing and wrap forward to 1 eye length behind hook eye. Cut off excess.
Step 6: Whip-finish a medium sized head.


Trude flies are a very effective pattern on trout streams in southwestern Alberta and southeastern British Columbia. Depending on the size of hook, the Lime Trude can represent a variety of insects, including grasshoppers and caddisflies. In smaller sizes, it can also imitate lime sally stoneflies which inhabit many of the mountain streams in British Columbia and Alberta