Tying the Plebby Fly



Rim Chung always fishes a two-fly rig of nymphs.  The lower fly was always the RS2 and usually the upper fly was also a different color and sized RS2.  Over the years, Rim has tried many experiments, as he is quizzical in nature.  However, his favorites innovations over the years have been “the Hooker,” “the Avatar” and “the Plebby” flies, all of his own design. Lately, he is now sometimes replacing the RS2 with just the Avatar fly and the upper fly still one of experimental value, recently the Plebby has become one of his favorite upper flies.  For a great tying video on Rim’s Plebby, view my friend Ferenc’s site at https://www.rs2fly.com/RS2/Plebby.html



If you agree that the RS2 is a rather elegant looking fly, then the plebby is designed to be a plain companion in appearance.   It is used as the upper fly, tied at least 20 inches above the RS2.  Since the new fly proved to be very effective, Rim decided to name it plebby in the hope that it’d exalt the RS2.

A number of us using the plebby can confirm that it is a keeper…

Materials needed

  1. Hook: Tiemco 101, or 200R, or 2312 in sizes 16, 18, and 20

  2. Bead: Peacock colored (ex. Spirit River, Hi-Lite Glass Beads, Peacock, Small and Extra Small)

  3. Thread:  Coats & Clark, Dual Duty Plus, in three colors:

    56B n/k/a 8980 (Cloister Brown), 54 n/k/a 8380 (Seal Brown), or 373 n/k/a 850 (Charcoal)

  4.  Copper wire for brown body; silver wire for grey body


Tying instructions

  1.  Put bead on the hook.

  2.  Start wrapping the thread right behind the bead.  Tag end of thread needs to be long enough
    so that it extends (an inch or so) behind hook bend.  It will be used to form a tail.

  3.  Make a few wraps toward hook bend and secure copper (or silver) wire.

  4.  Tag end of thread should be on top of the hook as you wrap the thread toward the bend.

  5.  Once reaching the bend, wrap thread back evenly all the way to the bead.

  6.  Rib with copper wire all the way back to the bead.

  7.  Secure copper wire with thread.

  8.  Build a bit of a thorax as you whip finish.

  9.  Trim thread and cement.

  10.  Cut tag end of thread so that it forms a 1/8 inch long tail.

  11.  Fray tail with your bodkin.

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One Reply to “Tying the Plebby Fly”

  1. Got 11 nice bows on the Ark at and near the Nature Center on the Plebes!!!!!! Thanks, Rim.
    AWESOME FLY!!!!!!!!!!! The Avatar is working very well for me,also, the RS-2, is
    still a go to fly for me.You have helped me out so much!! Thanx,again!!
    The camera guy in the snow! kevin

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