Fly Tying Tutorials

Mayday Mayfly- Rainbow Warrior Variation – Fly Tying Video

Some days the impressionistic drab fly patterns that truly seem to imitate aquatic macroinvertebrates are the ones the get the job done. Fish after fish we convince ourselves that our knowledge of stream entomology has once again deciphered the mysteries held deep within each river and stream we fish. How then do we endorse our knowledge when a flashy attractor pattern that closer resembles a candy wrapper than a macroinvertebrate catches all the fish? Seems to me that sometimes we as anglers need to admit that despite all the knowledge we may have, the sheer hunger, aggression, or curiosity of trout outweighs any type of matching game we may attempt to play. Such occasions I often find myself cracking the code by simply throwing the flashiest attractor nymph in my box – the Mayday Mayfly.

Warrior Extreme - Black

Warrior Extreme - Rainbow

Warrior Extreme - Brown

The Rainbow Warrior was created by Lance Egan a few year ago, and has been catching fish like crazy ever since. It is a fly pattern that is highly attractive, and less imitative. Lance Egan hit the jack pot with this pattern, and by making a few alterations the Warrior Extreme came about. The wire rib, the dubbing collar instead of a thorax with wing case, and the jig hook it is tied on are the distinct differences between the two. Both the Rainbow Warrior, and the Mayday Mayfly catch fish, and not for a moment would I try to tell you that the Mayday Mayfly is a superior pattern. In my box it is merely an addition that sits side by side the great Rainbow Warrior.

Jig Fly Pattern - Warrior Extreme

I typically fish this fly as a mayfly imitation. The shape and size are similar to mayflies even though it is more of an attractor than and imitator. There are three color variations that I tie this fly pattern in. The brown and copper, black and wine, and the rainbow. All three have proven to be effective, and I always try to have a healthy selection of each in my box. Once notable item about this fly, it is a very simple pattern that if you are leaning how to tie flies it will not overwhelm you one bit. There are very few materials used with simply fly tying steps. The jig hook is also optional.

Recipe:
 
Brown and Copper
Size: 14-16
Hook: Umpqua 4000BL
Bead: Slotted Gold Tungsten
Lead Underbody
Tail: Coq de Leon
Abdomen: Brown Holographic Tensile
Rib: Ultra Wire – Hot Copper (Size Br)
Thorax: Brown Semi-Seal Dubbing
 
Black and Wine
Size: 14-16
Hook: Umpqua 4000BL
Bead: Slotted Gold Tungsten
Lead Underbody
Tail: Coq de Leon
Abdomen: Black Holographic Tensile
Rib: Ultra Wire – Wine (Size Br)
Thorax: Black Semi-Seal Dubbing
 
Rainbow
Size: 14-16
Hook: Umpqua 4000BL
Bead: Slotted Silver Tungsten
Lead Underbody
Tail: Coq de Leon
Abdomen: Pearl Tensile
Rib: Ultra Wire – Silver (Size Br)
Thorax: Dark Rainbow Dubbing

Review of the Renzetti 2000 Presentation

When I first got into tying, I was lucky enough to have a father in law with an old vise to lend me.  This was good for me as my wife didn’t want to spend the money.  She kept telling me over and over again that she didn’t believe that I would stick to tying flies…. I had to show her!!  After a few months of tying, I had proved that I would stick with it and I started looking around at vices.  I was drawn to a Regal stainless steel jaws vice, as it looked like a vice of high quality, and the price looked great as well!  I was intrigued by the rotary vices, but I was hesitant because of the prices.  I ended up with the regal vice, and I loved it.  In the meantime, Gilbert ended up finding a Renzetti rotary vice.  I always joked around that I didnt need or want the rotary, but I was jealous!

I finally convinced my wife that I “had to have” the rotary vice.  I sold my regal and wound up buying the Renzetti Presentation 2000.  It is a great vice, and I keep wondering to myself why I didnt make this decision years ago!  I have been able to tie flies faster, and I will only get better at utilizing the rotary feature.

There is one thing that I had to do to get this particular vice working for me.  It comes standard with a ratcheting feature.  I did not like this at all.  It makes it so you can only rotate your flies one way.  It was already driving me crazy after one fly!  Luckily, this can be reversed.  There is a small black nut located on the very end on the outside of the big silver knob (see #1 on picture).  After loosening this screw, simply tighten the big silver screw that it screwed into, and then tighten the little black screw back up and the ratcheting feature will be disabled.  This will then allow you rotate your vice in either direction.

Another nice feature with this vice is the ability to change the angle of the jaws.  This will allow you to quickly change the angle as you switch between different sized hooks and maintain a level hook while using the rotary feature (see #2 on picture below).

The Jaws hold hooks without slipping.  I have tied some flies on hooks ranging from sizes 6-22, with only a quick adjustment of the screw on the end of the jaws before using the cam to lock the hook into place and I have not had any problems.

ren. presentation 2000
ren. presentation 2000

 

Overall, I love this new vice.  It is easy to tell after using it that it is a high quality vice.  If you have’t tied with a rotary vice, I highly recommend it.  It has helped me tie flies faster, with a higher quality.  Being able to rotate the fly around as you tie allows you to see the fly at all angles to ensure a good tie.  You will not be disappointed if you upgrade to this vice!

I look forward to tying many heavy, tungsten beads euro nymphs that are sure to catch many a fish!!!

Derek Kohler – (aka fish catcher)

 

 

Tungsten Embryo – #1 Egg Pattern for Steelhead and Trout

The Tungsten Embryo has caught everything from Steelhead to Bull Trout to Alaskan Rainbows, dollies, and grayling. Not to mention just about every other salmonid species in the western US. It is an egg pattern with a tungsten bead embedded in the center to add the weight necessary to get the egg near the stream bottom where it belongs.

Steelhead Caught on Tungsten Embryo

Steelhead Caught on Tungsten Embryo

Bull Trout Caught on Tungsten Embryo

Bull Trout Caught on Tungsten Embryo

Alaskan Rainbow Caught on Tungsten Embryo

Alaskan Rainbow Caught on Tungsten Embryo

If you are wondering how to tie flies that quickly get into the feeding zone of fish, tungsten is the answer. In the past I wasn’t a huge fan of the ever successful glo bug because it had no weight to it, and required significant amounts of split shot to get it down. Soft otter eggs fell into this same category of trout/steelhead egg patterns, and after years of moderate success I finally came up with an egg pattern that I have found to be significantly better. I’ve now been fishing this pattern for four years now and have found great success with it. It is extremely durable, and without a doubt either the hook will dull, or you will break off before the body of this pattern will fall apart.

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Loon Outdoors has a product called UV Fly Paint. It is a UV curable material that comes in three colors, red, orange, and yellow. All three can be used on this fly, but red and orange are my preferred colors. I’ve also tried many different colored tungsten bead under this material, but silver has a very subtle shine from beneath the material that I personally prefer regardless of the outer material used.

Give this pattern a shot, you won’t be disappointed.

Recipe:
 
Hook: Dai-Riki 135 Sizes 8-12
Bead: Silver Tungsten 1/8-7/64 depending on hook size
Thread: UTC 140 FL Pink
Egg Material: UV Fly Paint (Red, Orange, or Yellow)

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