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Rainbow Warrior – A great attractor fly pattern – McFly Angler

Rainbow Warrior – A great attractor fly pattern – McFly Angler fly tying tutorials
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This fly was originally created by Lance Egan, and is one of the best attractor patterns Ive ever fished. It’s flashy, bright, and effective. I love fishing this as my lead fly, then drop to something a bit more realistic behind it. My favorite flies to drop behind this are the RS2, Pheasant tail, or black beauty. All of which can mimic midge or Baetis pupa and emergers quite well.

So this fly can also be tied with a glass bead, and I believe originally it was created this way. However, I like using brass beads here because it gives the fly a bit more weight, and I really like using this as my lead fly, to help other flies sink better. The flashiness of this fly really helps attract trout up to it, but many times I find they will strike the tailing fly instead of the rainbow warrior. This does not mean its not effective, just the opposite. It is very effective to get the fish moving out of their hole, to come to take a look, but they elect to strike the less visible, and more realistic fly trailing it once they are close.

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Hook I used: Firehole sticks #317 in size 18 –
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Bend Back Minnow – Capt. Mel Simpson

I’m thinking the pike and musky might like these a bit too. I’m not a massive fan of craft fur for tying, but I do have to admit it looks sexy when it gets wet. I’ll be moding my fly a bit of the toothy jackals, using some Icelandic sheep and some Tuffleye on the head. Perhaps an intermediate color to separate the top and bottom. Only another 7 months before I can chase snot rockets again. Winter sucks, but at least I’ll get some flies tied.

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Capt. Mel Simpson demonstrates tying his variation on the bendback fly. By adding the extra bend to the eye of the hook, the fly takes on new life in the water. A great fly for Snook and other species that feed on minnows.
Filmed at the 2010 FFF Florida Council Flyfishing Expo in Orland, FL.

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Black and Pink Sectional Spey

We are not seeing as many awesome step by step tutorials for tying flies anymore. Most tyers are opting for the video route, which let’s face it, is great, but it does make things tough if you need to keep going back. The image tutorials put up by the Oak Orchard Fly Shop of the Sectional Spey is pure gold. Crisp images that dive into the minutia of the pattern, and help the tyer to understand just how to make this fly look great. There are 64 images to step through, making this an easy pattern to tie along with. Kudos to the shop.

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Black and Pink Sectional Spey

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