The Black Jack has been such a dominant fly for me the past three years that I had to share it with my friends. If you tie, which I’m guessing most of you do, then here is a quick fly tying video that shows the few basic steps to tying the Black Jack. If you don’t tie then keep an eye out for these to appear in fly shops around the country. This is one of my patterns that is now being commercially tied and distributed by Rainy’s Flies. I’m not sure whether its the tungsten bead, the slim profile, or the contrasting colors that make this fly irresistible But what I do know is that it works!
My two favorite color variations are the black and fl. pink, and the black and chartreuse. I’d be lying if I didn’t say the pink variation out fishes the chartreuse most days, but on occasion the results are flip flopped so I keep my box loaded with both.
Hook: Umpqua C300BL, or Dai-Riki 135 (Sizes 12-16)
Bead: Black/Nickel Tungsten
Weight: Lead Wire
Thread: Black UTC 140 Denier
Tail: Black Goose Biot
Rib: Fl. Pink/Chartreuse (depending on variation) UTC 140 Denier
Glue for Body: Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails
Colar (Hot Spot): Fl. Pink/Chartreuse (depending on variation) UTC 70 Denier
Wings: White Goose Biot
The Rainbow Warrior is a colorful nymph that catches fish on most rivers and streams. It was developed by Fly Fishing Team USA’s Lance Egan and has since become a favorite of many anglers. This fly works great year round, and I always make sure there are a few in the fly box before I go out. If your not familiar with this pattern, take my word, its amazing!
Hook: Dai-Riki 135, Tiemco 2457, or Daiichi 1130 Sizes 16-22
Bead: Silver tungsten to match the hook
Thread: Red 8/0
Tail: 4-6 Pheasant tail fibers
Abdomen: Large pearl tinsel for 16 and 18, and medium for 20 and 22
Thorax: Wapsi Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing
Wingcase: Same pearl tinsel as abdomen
The famous Hare’s Ear pattern has been around forever. Lots of people have fished with it and caught fish on it. As any fly tyer knows, it’s entertaining to try new materials, different colors of dubbing, or anything new that comes into the market. The Two-toned Surveyor came about after we had heard about the surveyor nymph, which is tied with a light color of rainbow dubbing for the abdomen and thorax. We fished with it, and had some good luck with it. After having found a darker shade of rainbow dubbing, we tried it out and tied this varition. In my opinion, it has been more effective than the surveyor, and has been very effective on the lower Provo River this spring. It has become a must in any fly box. Tie some of these up in different sizes and give them a try on your favorite trout steam.
Hook: Scud hook in sizes 10-18
Bead: Silver, size to match your hook size
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
Abdomen: Light rainbow sow bug dubbing
Thorax: Dark rainbow sow bug dubbing
Wing Case: Med. size pearl mylar, thinskin
Rib: Silver BR wire