Rudolph the Red-nosed Reintrout

One of my customers sent me this Christmas card back in 2013, and I thought it too cute not to pass on to my readers.

Sunfish Santa

Sunfish Santa with his team of rein trout, being led by Rudolph the Red-nosed Reintrout. Never mind that the lead “reinfish” is a channel cat. And the Sunfish Santa, oh the indignity.

Of course, the music in me and my imagination has got me instantly wanting to put this card to music, so to the tune of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, please sing along:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reintrout

By Don Bastian, adapted from original lyrics by Johnny Marks, 1939

You know Beadhead and Humpy and Slumpbuster and Fishy,

Finny and Wet Fly and Slimy and Squishy,

But do you recall, the most famous reintrout of all?

Rudolph the red-nosed reintrout, had a very shiny snout –

And if you ever hooked him, he would jump and leap about!

All of the other reintrout, used to laugh and call him names,

They never let poor Rudolph, join in any reintrout games.

Then one muddy water Fishmas Eve, Sunfish came to say,

Rudolph with your snout so bright, won’t you lead my trout tonight?

Then all the reintrout loved him, and they shouted out with glee,

Rudolph the red-nosed reintrout, we’ll be swimming easily!

Merry Christmas everybody!

Hey, it’s the best I could do on impulse. If I had more time, I’d get out the video camera, sing it myself and post it to youtube. Or not…but, maybe after three Dirty Martini’s, and if I only had a Santa hat…

Jock Scot – Trout Wet Flies

Size #10 Jock Scots, custom order of fishing flies.

Jock Scot – Trout Wet Fly

Thread: Danville Flymaster 6/0 #1 White to tie the fly, black for the head.

Tag: None

Tail: Golden pheasant crest (this used yellow fibers) and short scarlet tuft

Ribbing: Flat silver tinsel

Body: Rear ½ yellow floss, front ½ black floss

Hackle: Guinea fowl fibers

Wing: Blue, yellow, scarlet, & white-tipped turkey – married; peacock sword topping, jungle cock eye **

Assembly of the trout version of the Jock Scot wing can be variable. The white-tipped turkey is more easily mounted first, with the blue, yellow, and red married over. Also white-tipped blue mallard can be used on smaller sizes with the remaining colors veiled above them.