Published Jul 11. 2017 - 4 years ago
Updated or edited Jul 12. 2017

Fran Betters' The Usual

The late Fran Betters has created some of the most notable trout flies in the fly tyers arsenal. The Ausable Wulff, Haystack and The Usual are among the famous flies. The Usual is a simple(ish) fly pattern, tied much like the Haystack, but with snowshoe hare foot pad hair used instead of deer hair. The wing on the haystack is splayed out in a 180° fan and The Usual should have a 45° splayed wing.

The fly is tied using the pad hairs of the snowshoe hare. It may be tied in a variety of different colors including cream, duns, olive, sulfur (yellow) and black. You can also mix the colors to get even more variations.

You can find this pattern and Fran Betters' other fly pattern in his book using the link below. this is a hard to find book now and may be on the expensive side.
Fly Fishing - Fly Tying and Pattern Guide - Fran Betters

The Usual Trout Fly Pattern

Hook: Mustad R50-94840
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0
Tail: Snowshoe hare foot guard hair
Wing: Snowshoe hare foot guard hair
Body: Snowshoe hare foot under hair
Head: Fire Orange thread


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the usual fly...

how would the usual fly work on the Mettawee river,thanks Don

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It should...


I see no reason why it shouldn't. It's a great allround fly, which is definitely worth trying on almost any river.



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