The RS2 is a proven pattern. Time after time it fools picky fish. Luckily for fly tiers, it isn’t too tough of a fly to tie. Perfect fly to imitate emerging baetis ascending to the surface.
- Hook: Tiemco 101 or Daiichi 1110 Size 16-24
- Thread: Tiemco 16/0
- Tail: Hareline Mayfly Tails (Micro Fibbets)
- Abdomen/Thorax: Beaver Dubbing
- Wing: Web from saddle hackle or partridge
This soft hackled Hare’s Ear pattern, tied on a jig style hook, is effective and quick fly to tie. The bugginess from the hare’s ear dubbing combined with the pink “hot spot” thorax make it irresistible. I typically tie it in a size 14, but it could easily be tied up to a size 8 and down to a size 16. This fly looks great when the body color is changed to olive or black.
- Hook: Umpqua C400BL Size 10-16
Lance Egan’s Rainbow Warrior is an effective, easy to tie nymph pattern. It is especially effective on tailwater fisheries. We have had huge success with this pattern over the last two years. Typically it is fished as the dropper in a two-fly nymph rig. Tie in size 14-22. The fly can be tied with a glass bead or a tungsten bead.
This simple to tie nymph has held a spot in my fly box for the last 3 seasons. Purple flies work extremely well in certain situations. For me this purple nymph works well in the spring and fall, especially when fish are keying in on Baetis mayfly nymphs. Tie in sizes 16-20.