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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.

As always I am listing all the materials used on this fly, and linking to the best deals I can find online for them. All the links are to “the fly artist” as I have negotiated a discount for all of my subscribers. Type in McFly10 at checkout for your discount!

Hook I used: Firehole sticks #317 in size 18 –
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Thread: Veevus 10/0 in Red – https://ift.tt/2P02iwv
Tail: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers – https://ift.tt/2zp9nSy
Abdomen/wingcase: Large sized Pearl Tinsel – https://ift.tt/2OXjUJt
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Remembering Dunc

It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years already since Dunc passed. To mark the day, here is his celebrated Picture Province fly that was adopted by the New Brunswick government as the official fly of the province. Dunc’s presence is sadly missed but fondly remembered.

Picture Province - Warren Duncan
Picture Province - Warren Duncan

A salmon fly designated as the “Picture Province” has been designed by Warren Duncan comprising a tag of gold symbolizing the value of Atlantic Salmon to New Brunswick; a butt of green floss honouring the fiddlehead; a tail of red goose fibres to match Canada’s flag indicating New Brunswick’s ties with the nation; a body of cranberry red being one of New Brunswick’s official colours; a rib of medium oval gold tinsel; a hackle of lemon yellow being the background colour of New Brunswick’s flag; a wing of hair from the black bear and a head of black.

Hook: Salmon up-eye size #2-10
Tail: Red goose quill
Tag: Gold tinsel
Butt: Green floss
Body: Cranberry red floss
Ribbing: Gold oval tinsel
Wing: Black bear hair
Beard: Lemon yellow hackle

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