Avatar is not just a movie, it’s the new fly pattern invented by Rim Chung (inventor of the famed RS2). Actually Rim did not get the name for his fly from the movie, as the movie came out after the fly. The name Avatar came from the third definition in the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (which Rim has read daily since his immigration to the U.S.) and which defines Avatar as: “A variant phase or version of a continuing basic entity.”
The Avatar is very comparable to the RS2. It could be productively used as the upper fly of a two fly system. The bottom fly is usually an RS2, but under certain conditions, such as during Winter, another Avatar is used typically in small sizes in our two-fly rigs.
The Avatar is similar to the RS2 in many ways. Rim has been experimenting with this fly as both the lead and/or point fly in his two-fly rig for about two years now and ties it in several different colors and sizes (similar to the RS2) to match a variety of aquatic bugs, from midges to mayflies. It also has the advantage of being easier to tie in smaller sizes, as tying in the tails is omitted.
Materials used for tying Avatar flies:
- • Hook: Tiemco 2488 or 200R.
- • Tail: none.
- • Unithread 8/0 in various colors.
- • Dubbing: Natural beaver fur in various colors on the skin, not cut up and mixed. Longer fibers preferred. (Note: Rim uses no dubbing wax. Instead, he uses a bit of saliva while applying the dubbing).
- • Wing: Web of saddle hackle feathers in dark dun color (the fluff at the base of the stem of a saddle hackle).
Rim Chung Ties the Avatar Fly Video:
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