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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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Christmas Chironomid (Xmas Chronie) Fly Pattern

Merry Christmas Fly Tyers! The X-mas Chronie was designed by Mike (Doc) Monteith from Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. Mike invented this pattern at a Flies ‘N’ Beer night, a monthly event held by members of the Northern Light Fly Fishers and Tyers.

The fly is a good representation of the Green Red Butt Chironomid Pupa that occurs in the ponds and lakes of Alberta and BC. Mike had a hunch this would be a killer fly for the local lakes and sure enough, the first trip out to Muir Lake proved the hunch correct.

Christmas Chironomid Fly pattern recipe

Hook: Mustad C49s
Bead: Black brass
Thread: Black 8/0 (70d)
Butt: Red holo tinsel
Rib: Fine copper wire
Body: Green holo tinsel
Thorax: Peacock herl
Coating: Hard as Nails or Bone Dry

If you like this pattern, check out the Screaming Viking by the Fly Guys

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Blood Midge by Gordon Cordova

This little size 18 Blood Midge use a small cross stitch bead for the head, and just a little weight to get the fly sinking into the water column. You can find the beads in craft stores, in a huge variety of colors, but be aware that they are breakable if you happen to hit the fly onto a hard surface.The curved scud hook, such as a C49S is used to give the fly the appearance of it swimming, and for blood worms and chironomids, these curved hooks are my own goto. It’s a great little fly for stillwater fishing, you can fish it with a dry fly line with a long leader, either with or with out a strike indicator.

Learn more about Gordon and his fly pattern on TWF.

Blood Midge Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Size 18 curved scud / caddis
Head: Small petite cross stitching bead
Thread: 14/0
Rib: XS red midge wire
Breathers: antron
Thorax: peacock herl

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