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  1. The Rainbow Warrior is a fly created by Lance Eagan to fish as an attractor for fish targeting smaller sized midges and baetis. This is a flashy fly that really grabs the trouts attention. One way I really like fishing it is as my lead fly, and drop a more realistic and less flashy midge behind it like a black beauty or RS2. I find the trout will come up to inspect the flashy fly, and more often than not they will bite the Rainbow Warrior, however some fish will get spooked by its over flashiness and then see the more natural fly coming behind it and take that. This fly brings the fish up out of the depths. I am stating this based on what Eagan said in a video once. He recommended to use the larger sized flash as it will help make the fly more durable. Many people use the finer flash, which you could I guess. However he states, and I tend to agree, that the thicker sized flash, doubled over on itself will not only give a nice ribbing effect, but also make the fly much more durable. So do yourself a favor and try it with the large sized flash rather than the fine stuff. https://youtu.be/HkK6cobw3AU Materials _____________ Hook: Risen Barbless 9251 (size 16) Bead: Risen Silver Brass Bead (size 2.4mm) Thread: Veevus 10/0 (red) Tail: Pheasant Tail Body/Wing Case: Pearl Tinsel (large) Dubbing: Rainbow Scud Dub Cement: Solarez Ultra Thin
  2. Thanks silver…. Man I can’t believe this won’t work anymore
  3. Well I tried two different ways to link and still doesn't pop up. I just dont understand. This used to work. And the last 2 months it has not worked for me. Other people can post mine, wonder why I cant.
  4. The Hares Ear is a classic fly that has been around for a long time. Even though its an older pattern, its still very effective today. Its simple and quick to tie, mimics a couple of different bugs, and just works great. There are many variations that you can tie including the one I tied today. Without a bead head is probably how it was first tied, but I personally love this version with a bead head and lead under wraps. You can switch up the tinsel for wire or other material to rib the fly. You can change up the wing case as well. I like tying a version with pheasant tail for the wing case and also the tail. Just have fun, change up the dubbing colors if you want and make the fly your own. As I mentioned this fly mimics a number of different bugs, for me though, I think this mostly mimics a tan caddis pupa. But some say it does well as a stonefly imitation, mayfly, and more. Heck just as an attractor in a larger size and drop a smaller more realistic imitation behind it. Choice is yours how you want to fish this. https://youtu.be/g1yv4yjCGKw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1yv4yjCGKw Materials _____________ Hook: Risen 5262 (size 14) Bead: Risen Gold Brass Bead (size 2.8mm) Weight: Lead Wire (0.010 size) Glue: Loctite Brush On Thread: Veevus 6/0 (brown) Tail: Hares Mask Ribbing: Gold Tinsel (x-small) Abdomen: Underfur from the Hares Mask Wing Case: Turkey quill Thorax: Underfur from the Hares Mask Head Cement: Loon Water Based Cement
  5. I turn off my Mac daily, it’s not that.
  6. Am I blocked or anything for some reason? It’s worked in the past for me. Every time now, no matter what I do it won’t work.
  7. Still not working. It wont imbed. Not sure why. Im on a Mac, maybe thats it.
  8. The Royal Wulff is one of those flies that seems like its just to pretty to work properly. However this fly works great! There is a lot going on, like what the heck is that red stripe in the middle of peacock? And why the wings the way they are? Well I have heard this fly mimics a red flying ant, which makes sense. These ants usually are bright red and also black. I should know, ive been bit by them many times before. Some species come with red bodies and black heads, and some with red heads and black bodies. Either way, the coloration of this fly I think is trying to mimic this on the ants. No matter what this really resembles, for some reason it works wonders on small creeks in the summer months. In fact it was one of the top producing flies for me on one of my videos when I was fishing in New Mexico with a subscriber of mine. If you guys haven't checked out that video, go do so. https://youtu.be/zPkmS0ugGCI. Anyway I used this fly there and it did very well. And other rivers as well during the heat of summer this fly did amazing as well. It really is a great producer. Now, many find tying with calf fur to be a pain. I dont blame them. Its hard to work with. I have used some synthetic material for the wings as well in the past. I hear on larger sized wulff's some people choose to use white deer hair also. Its up to you, just make sure its white as it will keep the look to this fly. https://youtu.be/ZHC65LFUWrQ Materials _____________ Hook: Daiichi 1280 (size 14) Thread: Veevus 10/0 (black) Wings: Calf Body Hair (white) Tail: Moose Body Hair Abdomen: Peacock Hurl Abdomen Accent: Veevus 140 (red) Hackle: Whiting Dry Fly Saddle (coachman brown/size 14) Head Cement: Solarez Ultra Thin
  9. Yeah I tried all that, nothing works. I think what it might be, is sometimes I hop on here before the video goes live. Once I login for the day it saves it in my cash and thinks the video isn’t live or something when I try to post it.
  10. Thanks flytier…. Wonder why it keeps happening
  11. Again, it says The link could not be embedded because of an unexpected error: error: undefined. I am not sure why it keeps doing this and not allowing me to imbed.
  12. The RS2 is a fly that is so simple yet works so well. Its one of those flies that is in a league of its own and there really isn't much that can replace it for given situations. For instance, I used to fish the San Juan River a lot. Small midges were on the menu for the trout there. And when I say small, I really mean small. We are talking size 24-30, even smaller in some cases. There is only a hand full of flies that can be tied down past a size 24, and the RS2 is one of them. It in itself has caught me a number of really nice trout on that river. While it is a rather simple fly, it is not what I would call easy. It can take some getting used to, especially splitting the tail. And to get the shape just right, you really have to have control over that dubbing noodle. It will not come out looking right if the body is all lumpy, and keeping a very even (non tapered) body with a small bump as a head is imperative. Also the position and length of the wing is important as well. So, tie some up, but dont get discouraged if the first few aren't what your expecting. After you get the hang of tying these though, you can do so quickly. You can a box with these in a matter of an hour or so. I used to fish these a couple of ways. One of my favorites was behind a larger dry fly like a Griffiths gnat or parachute Adams. Use the dry fly as an indicator as the RS2 doesn't really sit directly on top. It rides in the water just below the film like a dying or emerging midge or trico. Another way I would fish these is by itself under an indicator, or even behind a larger/heavier fly to get it down a bit. The versatility of being able to fish multiple columns of water really make this fly shine in my opinion. There are a few variations of this fly as well. Of course you can tie it in multiple colors. Olive body with gray wing is common to mimic a BWO, but also you could tie it no tail and all black with white wing as well for a midge imitation, more color combos are useful as well so get creative. Not only that, but you can switch out the CDC for a small bit of foam to make a foam RS2. Tie them smaller or larger, whatever will match your local hatch. Have fun with it and see what you can create to better fish your local streams. https://youtu.be/0ZnRP-0NwE0 Materials _____________ Hook: Risen Barbless Dry Fly 100 (size 18) Thread: Veevus 16/0 (black) Tail: Fibetts Body: UV2 Fine and Dry (black) Wing: CDC Oiler Puff (white) Head Cement: Loon Water Based
  13. Silver, thank you. I appreciate the background. I am not the best with background info on things, my main purpose for my videos is to teach people how to tie patterns. Not necessarily give a lot of background. Although I do think it’s important for people to know, but too much info in a fly tying video and I loose the vast majority of the audience in the first few minutes. I would love to do a series of videos on the history of patterns and fly fishing. I’m not the best at these types of things though (history was my worst subject in school). I’m not sure where you live, but maybe some day if your willing I can feature you on my channel to give my viewers who want to watch it a history lesson? Might be good for the newer tiers (a large percentage of my subscribers are newer into the hobby).
  14. So Im not sure why it keeps doing this, but it says my link is not available. So just click the link above to view the video. If anyone knows what the issue is let me know.
  15. Elk Hair Caddis are one of those flies that have been around for a long time, yet still are some of the best dry flies you could fish with. They are a classic pattern that just seems to work. Simple, yet effective is the name of the game with these. Somewhat of a guides style dry fly, these will work in almost any river, stream or lake where trout and other fish species are targeting adult caddis. They float really well and really do mimic a caddis very well. Not just for Trout though, I know a lot of people use these for sunfish and bass as well. You can tie them in a wide range of sizes and colors, and there are a bunch of variants as well. Make it for your local waters, and mimic the species/size of caddis the fish are going after. One thing I want to mention, if you look at the original pattern created by Al Troth in the late 50's he made the wing lay down a bit more. These days you see many EHC with the wing flared up and super bushy. Thats fine and all, and quite possibly better for seeing on top of the water. However it stops mimicking a caddis as much and becomes more of an indicator fly. Trout will still eat it tied that way, but I much prefer fishing these with a laid down wing rather than one that bushes upward like most modern versions of this fly. The beauty of tying your own flies though is you can make the how you want, so have fun with it and tie it to your own needs and wants. Also this can be tied with deer hair as I mentioned in the video. Traditionally it was tied with elk hair but, deer hair is generally more fine, easier to find, and easier to work with. Also a plus is you can find it in a number of colors as well. So dont be hesitant to use deer hair for this fly if you so choose. https://youtu.be/VG2WYucrGyM Materials _____________ Hook: Risen Barbless 100 dry fly (size 14) Thread: Veevus 10/0 (olive) Hackle: Whiting dry fly saddle (size 16/brown) Dubbing: Antron Dubbing (medium olive) Wing: Elk Hair (bleached) Resin: Solarez Ultra Thin
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