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Iron Lotus (PMD) – Fly Tying Video

Another super effective Lance Egan fly pattern that catches fish like crazy!

Iron Lotus Fly Tying

PMD nymphs become very active in rivers and streams during most of the summer and early fall. Trout fill themselves on these critters day after day which makes the PMD Iron Lotus nymph such a valuable nymph fly pattern. A few years back Lance told me of the unique design of this fly which includes its thread body covered in a hard clear finish. This helps the fly sink at a quicker rate because of its streamline design and lack of appendages. It is tied with lead wire and a tungsten bead which also helps the sink rate and its ability to stay down in the water column once it gets there. That is partially why it is one of the most effective Czech Nymphing flies. Another advantage is the durability of this fly as it holds up very well to the pointed teeth of trout. I have quickly become a huge fan of this fly since it continues to catch fish after fish.

Iron Lotus BWO Variation Fly Tying Instructions

The BWO variation is also deadly and fairly simple to tie as well.

PMD Recipe:
Hook: Dai- Riki 135 (sizes 14-18)
Bead: Gold Tungsten to match hook size
Tail: Coq de Leon Medium or Dark Pardo
Abdomen: UTC Rusty-brown 140 denier
Rib: UNI Thread 6/0 Yellow 
Glue for abdomen: Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails (Clear) or Loon’s Hard Head Clear (2 coats)
Wingcase: Black Thinskin
Thorax: Mercer’s Crystal Buggy Nymph PMD Dubbing
 
BWO Recipe:
Hook: Dai- Riki 135 (sizes 14-18)
Bead: Gold Tungsten to match hook size
Tail: Coq de Leon Medium or Dark Pardo
Abdomen: UTC Brown Olive 140 denier
Rib: UNI Thread 6/0 White 
Glue for abdomen: Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails (Clear) or Loon’s Hard Head Clear (2 coats)
Wingcase: Black Thinskin
Thorax: Jan Siman Peacock Black (or any other dark flashy dubbing that you like)
Collar: UTC Red 70 Denier
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New addition to the Fly Tying 123 store – gold and silver countersunk tungsten beads. Tungsten beads add a significant amount of weight to help get your flies down to the fish faster, and to keep your flies in the fish’s feeding zone longer. They are critical for Euro Nymphing, and can improve your catch rate almost instantly. That is the experience that we’ve had with tungsten, and we are confident you will too.

Gold Tungsten Beads Fly TyingSilver Tungsten Beads Fly Tying

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Pay Czech – New for Rainy’s 2016!

At first I was intimidated to tackle a technique that was fairly new to me known as weaving flies. The final nymphs I had seen other tyers produce had amazingly intertwined bodies with a dark top and light bottom that looked fishy as can be! Derek gave it a shot early on and produced some sweet looking patterns that ended up catching decent numbers of fish on our local rivers and streams. I soon gave in and decided it was time to weave. I made the most interesting observation after only a few dozen flies, this technique is actually pretty easy and can make for some great looking bodies on flies. This particular pattern incorporates the techniques used by many others in the past, but we feel that the combination of colors, and the particular materials used make this nymph special. The Pay Czech has also been picked up by Rainy’s Flies to be sold in fly shops worldwide starting in 2016.

What all do woven nymphs imitate? Caddis larvae, cranefly larvae, aquatic worms and leaches… my guess is all of the above. They fish well on most rivers and streams that I have tried them on. They seem to have just the right amount of attractiveness mixed with the imitating appearance of the natural existing aquatic invertebrates that really drive trout crazy. Pay Czech Fly Pattern - Tan and Pink

For the past few years Kohler and I have been fishing woven fly patterns on many of our favorite rivers. Defining the color combinations to maximize their effectiveness has been a fun journey. Here are the top three variations we’ve found:

Pay Czech Tan and Pink

Pay Czech – Tan and Pink

Hook: Dai Riki 135 Size 10-12

Bead: Bronze (or Gold)

Size 10 – 1/8 ” Tungsten

Size 12 – 7/64″ Tungsten

Thread: Uni 6/0 Tan (Body), UTC Fl. Pink 70 Denier (Hot Spot)

Rid: 4X Monofilament

Body: Tan Embroidery Floss 3790 (Top)Pearlescent Effects Embroidery Floss Pink E818 (Bottom)*

Size 10 Top – 4 Strands Embroidery Floss, Bottom -3 Strands Pearlescent Effects

Size 12 Top – 3 Strands Embroidery Floss, Bottom – 2 Strands Pearlescent Effects

Collar: SLF Squirrel Dubbing – Natural

Pay Czech Olive and Orange

Pay Czech – Olive and Orange

Hook: Dai Riki 135 Size 10-12

Bead: Bronze (or Gold)

Size 10 – 1/8 ” Tungsten

Size 12 – 7/64″ Tungsten

Thread: Uni 6/0 Olive (Body), UTC Burnt Orange 70 Denier (Hot Spot)

Rid: 4X Monofilament

Body: Olive Embroidery Floss 731 (Top), Pearlescent Effects Embroidery Floss Orange E967 (Bottom)*

Size 10 Top – 4 Strands Embroidery Floss, Bottom -3 Strands Pearlescent Effects

Size 12 Top – 3 Strands Embroidery Floss, Bottom – 2 Strands Pearlescent Effects

Collar: SLF Squirrel Dubbing – Natural

Pay Czech - Rusty Brown and Yellow

 

Pay Czech – Rusty Brown and Yellow

Hook: Dai Riki 135 Size 10-12

Bead: Bronze (or Gold)

Size 10 – 1/8 ” Tungsten

Size 12 – 7/64″ Tungsten

Thread: Uni 6/0 Camel (Body), UTC Yellow 70 Denier (Hot Spot)

Rid: 4X Monofilament

Body: Rusty Brown Embroidery Floss 300, (Top) Yellow Embroidery Floss 445 (Bottom)*

Size 10 Top – 4 Strands Embroidery Floss, Bottom -4 Strands Embroidery Floss

Size 12 Top – 3 Strands Embroidery Floss, Bottom – 3 Strands Embroidery Floss

Collar: SLF Squirrel Dubbing – Natural

Note: On the rusty brown and yellow variation I choose to stay with the cotton embroidery floss for both colors. I really like the contrast provided from the yellow thread once it soaks in water. If you would like to stick with a pearlescent underbody there is a great yellow option E746.

Rusty Brown Pay Czech Nymph

Recently I have been having fun experimenting with the successfulness of this pattern on tough tailwaters where fly fishers are accustomed to fishing very small flies to picky fish. I’ve been pleased with the results of picking up decent numbers of quality fish in situations that I would have fished very differently in the past. The Pay Czech has gone head to head with the super effective Vladi Worm while Euro Nymphing technical tailwaters with large patterns. My guess is the pattern imitates caddis larvae and possibly cranefly larvae found in these systems.

Pay Czech Smallmouth Bass - Olive and Orange

This past fall I fished a local river that has a mix of both trout and smallmouth bass. It was fun to fish a nymph that was just as effective on the smallies as on the trout that I was actually targeting. However, keep in mind that I haven’t tested the theory of the Pay Czech on smallmouth’s more than on just a couple of outings.

Woven Nymph - Pay Czech

If it turns out that you are looking to buy rather than how to tie flies, keep an eye on the site here. We will be selling them in 2016 (probably around May) once Rainy’s has their first batch ready to go.

*I buy all my embroidery floss from the local craft store Michaels. I’ve attached the color numbers in the recipes, and it is made by DMC. If you don’t have a craft store nearby you can find it online by searching with the color number listed above in each of the recipes.

Green Rock Worm – Caddis Larva – Fly Tying Video

This has got to be one of the top 5 easiest fly patterns of all time. It is super quick, durable, and catches it’s fair share of fish. A true “Guide Fly”.

 

Caddis larva are available to trout year round. The Green Rock Worm caddis imitation has very few steps, and is a very easy fly pattern to tie. It can be used as a searching nymph, or to match the available food types in a given stream. It is bright and catches the attention of fish, so it can be used effectively as a lead fly in a tandem nymph rig to attract the fish that often will then take the small trailing realistic pattern. However, don’t let that fool you. This pattern represents free-living caddis and takes picky trout on very tough rivers. Here in Utah, Provo River fly fishing guides often tie up and fish this pattern because it is so easy and so effective.

Caddis Larvae

The Lower Provo can be a very tough fishery. As the summer rolls along the fish become more and more educated and the pickier they seem to become. Often times guides switch to drab natural nymphs, and that regularly gets the job done. However, despite being bright and flashy, quite often I have found this green rock worm fly pattern to be the fly of choice. As trout catch onto fishermen and their fly patterns, I have found that my success rate goes up when fishing the smaller sizes 18-20. Go figure!

Provo River Caddis Larva

Caddis Larva Fly Pattern

Take a few minutes and check out this fly tying video. This is a go-to caddis larva fly pattern that belongs in your box. Let us know of your success and FISH ON!

Recipe:
Hook: Dai-Riki 135 (Scud Hook) 14-20
Bead: Gold to match hook size: 14: 7/64″, 16: 3/32″, 18 and 20 5/64″
Thread: Uni 8/0 Olive
Rib: 4X monofilament
Body: Caddis Green Ice Dubbing
Collar: Black Hare’s Ear Dubbing

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