The RS2 fly or ‘Rays Semblance’ is a pattern that was developed in the early 1970s by American angler Rim Chung. Don’t be fooled by this simple little fly, it almost alway produces favorable results when fished. It’s probably best known as the go to pattern for a blue winged olive emerger, but it also has many variants that can be fished under most circumstances the whole year round. It can be fished as a dry fly, emerger or nymph for both midges and mayflies.
RS2 fly is, in my humble opinion, one of the best fishing flies ever designed. If you haven’t fished with the RS2 fly, you don’t know what you have been missing. Tie a couple of these up in # 18, 20 and the next time that fish are rising, but whatever you try won’t work, tie one of these on…It’s a game changer!
Born in England, Barry Ord Clarke is an internationally acclaimed and much published photographer, author and fly tyer. His own flies can be seen in the legendary ‘Fly Fishers Club’ collection, in London and the ‘Catskill master fly tyer collection’ in the United States.
For the past 28 years he has lived in Norway where he works as a professional photographer and a fly tying consultant for the Mustad Hook Company and Veniard Ltd. His successful YouTube channel ‘The Feather Bender’ has 43,000 subscribers.
Barry Ord Clarke voted US Fly Tyer Magazine’s Fly Tyer of the Year 2021.
The prestigious award honours the exceptional international contribution Barry has made to the world of fly tying with his innovative approach of linking his clear step-by-step tying instructions in book-form to his popular YouTube channel ‘The Feather Bender’ videos which then show him tying EXACTLY the same fly online. This ground-breaking ‘pairing’ is a first in the world of fly tying instruction.
A renowned photographer in his own right, his tying images are crystal clear, minimalist and stylish. His approachable attitude and innovative tying techniques have encouraged thousands of beginners to take up the hobby in the first place or more experienced tyers to up their game.
His most recent two books, The Feather Benders Fly Tying Techniques and Flytying for Beginners, pub. Merlin Unwin Books, are out now and already gaining plaudits from around the world. Fly Tying for Beginners, will also be published in the USA by Skyhorse Publishing in Autumn 2022.
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