For this pattern, we are going to give credit where its due because this fly catches fish like crazy and one of our favorites. Anytime we get to new water, or just plain want to catch fish, we tie on this pattern. It’s easy to tie and very effective. Lance Egan came up with the pattern and Devin Olsen introduced it to us. I personally make sure I have plenty of these flies in my fly box at all times. Gilbert often drools at the site of my fly box when he opens it up to see LOTS of frenchies! Tie lots of these and experiment with some different colors of dubbing for the collar to suit your needs and find the most effective color for your own waters and please, let us know just how many fish you catch with this pattern. You will not be disappointed!!!
hook: scud hook size 14-18
bead: gold or copper tungsten
tail: coq de leon or your favorite tailing material
abdomen: natural pheasant tail
rib: copper wire size br
collar: hot pink ice dubbing, or your favorite dubbing of any color
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
Since trying out the PMD Iron Lotus a few months ago, it has caught fish consistently on many different rivers. It is a great mayfly imitation. Last week I pumped a few fish stomachs and noticed that trout are beginning to feed heavily on Baetis (BWO) nymphs once again. Fall temps have cooled things off and BWO nymphs have become much more active. The BWO Iron Lotus (pictured above) has already been hammering fish, and I am sure it will continue as more BWOs nymphs continue to mature.
Hook: Dai- Rikii 135 (sizes 16-20)
Bead: Gold Tungsten to match hook size
Thread: Red 8/0
Abdomen: Brown Olive Thread
Rib: White Thread
Glue for abdomen: Loon’s Hard Head Fly Finish Clear
Wingcase: Black Thinskin
Thorax: Synthetic Peacock Dubbing