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

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