This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Rainbow Warrior, a fly developed by Lance Egan.
The Rainbow Warrior is a relatively new “old” fly. I enjoy highlighting a variety of flies and this is fly catches fish.
Lance Egan has been a member of Fly Fishing Team USA since 2003 at the World Fly Fishing Championships. He won the a personal bronze medal at the 2016 event. This is just to say he knows how to catch fish and designs flies that work.
Lance tells the story of how he developed the Rainbow Warrior in his own words in a TroutLegend Forum post. You can read it HERE.
I plan on tying a few more of these flies for my upcoming fly fishing road trip.
I haven’t fished any lakes yet this year, but hopefully that will change this week. I think East Lake will be my fishing destination in a couple of days. I thought I’d use my own resources to refresh my memory for a few effective East Lake flies I need in my fly box. I created a separate fly box for East Lake called…you guessed it, East Lake Fly Box. In addition, I looked in the Lake Flies box to see if I missed anything.
I can’t wait to get back up there. It’s a very peaceful place when the wind isn’t blowing.
If you are a regular RiverKeeper Flies reader, you might remember my post entitled Fishing East Lake a couple of years ago. I talked about the flies I needed there as well and which flies worked for us. Continue reading →
On one of my fly fishing trips to the river last week, I was waiting for the fish to begin rising and I was curious about what flies were in the drift and available to the fish. A good place to find out is on the edges of an eddy. So I walked downstream to an eddy I’ve checked before and guess what I found? Mayfly spinners!
I couldn’t believe the number and variety I found…Green Drakes, Brown Drakes, Pale Evening Duns (PEDs), Pale Morning Duns (PMDs), and a few others I don’t know the name of. Continue reading →
I found this old article from the Bend Bulletin in a box of donated fly tying materials describing the Langtry Special.
A friend of mine took his first fly tying lesson many years ago from Judge Virgil Langtry in a Maupin, Oregon church basement. Langtry was an Oregon Circuit Court Judge and evidently enjoyed fishing the Deschutes River around Maupin.
As with many popular flies, there are many variations. Kaufmann’s Stimulator comes to mind and looks very much like the Langtry Special. In Randall Kaufmann’s book entitled Tying Dry Flies (1991), he states his Stimulator was developed from a variety of other popular flies.
I tied this size 8 Langtry Special today to imitate a Golden Stonefly, but wished I had it on the Lower Deschutes last week on our fishing trip. I wonder if any of the fish still recognize the fly! I’ll save it for the next trip down the river.
Perhaps you saw last week’s post entitled Fishing the Lower Deschutes. I drifted the river twice last week. My fly box was full of Salmonfly and Golden Stonefly imitations. So I returned to my home river today and found many more PMD’s hatching and thought I better get my June fly box in order.
Where you fish will determine what should be in your fly box, but we are all after the same thing…
Monday I was fishing the Lower Deschutes from Warm Springs to Trout Creek with my wife and a friend. We were hoping to find some fish still looking to eat Salmonflies and Golden Stones dry flies.
This is a busy section of water and it’s tough to find my Zen sometimes. We decided to let all the guide boats launch first and be the first of the second wave down the river. Our strategy worked. Sure, there were a few boats with fly fishers in a couple of spots we would have liked to fish, but it wasn’t crazy.
I was hoping to fish dry flies and coax some rainbows to the surface. This one came to the net shortly after launching the driftboat.
I first learned of Stalcup’s flies in his book Mayflies “Top to Bottom” (2002). I thought the materials he used were creative and interesting. The flies he tied were close imitations of the real insects. It was the first time I had heard of Medallion sheeting. It wasn’t long before I had that material in several colors. Many of the flies in his book used biots for bodies and this fly is no exception.
Here is a Green Drake from the Metolius river a few days ago.
I tie and fish the Green Drake version. It’s an effective fly and you’ll receive savage strikes, so you might think about a little heavier tippet size when fishing the fly. I’ve lost several of these over the years, because I use 6X tippet when fishing fly on the Metolius River. The other caution I would share is the fly has a tendency to spin your leader if small tippet sizes.
I’m lucky enough to be able to fly fish a lot, both around my home in Central Oregon and other world-class locations in Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, and Washington. As I try to finish preparing for a fly fishing road trip with my fishing partner (my wife), I reminisce about previous rivers and the great times we’ve had.
Last year, we completed a Montana road trip, fishing a few of their great rivers. You can read more about our Montana Road Trip in the following posts:
The sunsets along the Madison River were spectacular and I always enjoy fishing around Raynold’s Pass Bridge and $3 Bridge.
I mentioned above we are fortunate to fish quite a few out-of-state rivers over the years. We really enjoy the adventure, scenery, and challenge of catching fish in every river we fish. Continue reading →