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
The brassie is a classic pattern and has been around a very long time… because it catches FISH! I first started to fish this pattern when I started tying my own flies. I had never fished it before, but I needed a simple pattern that would was easy to tie as a beginner. Not only is this fly very easy to tie, with only a couple of materials, but it catches fish. It has become my go-to pattern on the Provo river in the spring. It imitates lots of different bugs from midge pupas, to blue wing olive nymphs, and caddis larvae. Just switch up the color of wire to help match the color of bugs in your river.
Don’t let the simplicity of this fly fool you. It’s a fish catcher so tie some up and let us know how you do with it. Use this fly with your favorite nymphing technique and also try it out as your dropper on a dry-dropper rig.
Hook: Scud hook- size 16-22 (18 is my favorite size)
Thread: 8/0 black
Bead: Silver, Copper, or Gold. Match size with the hook. Ex- 5/64 bead w/ size 18
Thorax: Peacock Hearl
Abdomen: Size BR wire in any color of your Choice (Olive is my Favorite)