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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

Polish Woven Nymph

After a couple of years of tying, I was drawn to learn how to weave.  It seemed easy enough…..until I tried!  It took me some time to learn, but now my box is full of these bugs!  They are a durable fly that catch fish!  They are built like a rock, so they sink fast.  The other reason I like these bugs is that there are an endless amount of variations to this fly.  It can be built like a caddis, stonefly, cranefly, or whatever else you can think of.  Please see the pics of some of our favorites variations!

A quick story on this fly, I had been tying this fly and trying it out for a year or so before I finally decided to really give the fly a try on my local river.  The day ended up with two 20″+ browns making their way into my net (along with many other fish!).  I have caught a lot of fish on this river, but nothing over 20″.  It was a memorable day, and I often start the day off with a version of this fly!! (see video below to see story and fish caught with woven nymphs!!)

 

 

Woven Polish Nymph Olive Hot Spot Polish Woven Nymph Provo River Woven Nymph Steelhead Woven Nymph

Small Stream Big Results – Euro Nymphing Approach

Wyoming has excellent fishing. Euro nymphing is a great way to catch fish. Put them together and great things can happen.

My friend Kohler and I spent a fun summer day catching some awesome trout euro nymphing and trying not to get bitten by rattlesnakes. Luckily none of the snakes attached themselves to us, and many beautiful trout were caught.

It’s the middle of winter where I live, the high for tomorrow is supposed to be a whopping 12 degrees. This video helps warm me up just thinking of bright summer days catching awesome fish. I hope it will do the same for you.

If you haven’t checked out Tacky Fly Boxes you should! Learn more at Tack Fly Fishing I’m currently transitioning from foam slit fly boxes to the silicone slit Tacky boxes for the majority of my flies. This box will enhance your fly fishing experience!

Most of the fish caught in this video were taken on a fly called the Rowley Stone. It is my number one stonefly pattern, and catches a large percentage of my fish each year. Lear how to tie the Rowley Stone.

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