This is the first fly in which will be a series of flies that you will find in our European nymphing fly boxes. We will explain which hook and tungsten bead sizes we use.
I wanted to start with the Dragon Warrior for a few reasons: it’s one of our favorites, it catches fish like crazy, and because I just watched Kung fu Panda 2 just the other day. This fly was originally created to match the color combination of Po (flabby panda!). We have been fishing it for about a couple years now and it has produced fish in every river that we have fished it. It is very effective in french style nymphing in the smaller sizes(16 and 18).
Here are the sizes that we carry with us to every river:
Size 16 with a 3/32(2.5mm) tungsten bead
Size 18 with a 5/64(2.0mm) tungsten bead
You could try some other larger or smaller sizes but these two sizes have been perfect for us. Check out our fly tying tutorial of the Dragon Warrior to learn how to tie it. You wont be sorry. Tie it up in the two sizes we mentioned and make sure you have plenty of them.
I also make sure I have plenty of Rainbow Warriors. This is the same fly but with a pearl tinsel as the abdomen instead of a black holographic tinsel. I carry these in the same sizes I mentioned above for the Dragon Warrior. Refer to our video of the Rainbow Warrior for additional tying instructions.
Here is another Prince variation for you. This pattern came about by using proven patterns, like the prince nymph, and using some different materials to make it a little different. This pattern has worked well in the french style euro nymphing when some baetis are hatching in a size 16. It has been a very effective pattern year round and I know you won’t be disappointed if you tie it up!
Hook: Scud size 12-16
Bead: Silver tungsten to match hook
Tail: Black biots
Abdomen: Peacock herl
Rib: Small silver wire
Wing: White Biots
Collar/thorax: Olive and peacock ice dubbing mixed together.
Some of you are probably thinking to yourselves, “why are they putting another hares ear video on here?” Believe me, this is not a normal hares ear. I first tied this variation up at the start of this last summer and I found myself tying this on the end of my line almost every time I found myself on the water. It produces fish after fish. The hot spot dubbing is a UV fluorescent pink ice dubbing that must drive the fish crazy and want to try it out. This fly even had days where it was outdoing our go-to fly, the two-toned surveyor! Get some of this UV Fl. pink ice dubbing and tie these up. This fly is a great choice if you euro nymphing as well.
Bead: Gold tungsten to fit hook
Abdomen: SLF natural brown squirrel
Thorax: SLF natural brown squirrel
Hot Spot: UV Florescent pink ice dubbing
Wing Case: Black thin skin
Tail: Coq de Leon