top of page

Tying the Rainbow Warrior | Lance Egan Fly Series

The Rainbow Warrior is a simple, yet extremely effective fly that was first developed by Lance Egan as a euro-nymphing pattern. It is a staple pattern for me in the winter but can still be fished all year long with great results!


I enjoyed a Troeg's Nugget Nectar while tying this fly. Check out the full video, which includes some beer talk in addition to tying, on our Bugs n' Brews channel.


Material List

Jig hook - I like Lively Legz 320J in size 16 (or 18)

Thread - UTC 70D (red or purple)

Tail - coq-de-leon

Body - UTC Med Pearl Tinsel

Wing Case - UTC Lrg Pear Tinsel (or med if tied on a #18 hook)


Here are two examples of the colors I like to tie the Rainbow Warrior in:

Rainbow Warrior with red thread underbody.

Rainbow Warrior with purple thread underbody.


Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

Start your thread just behind the bead and build a small thread dam to keep the slotted tungsten bead in place. Wrap your thread towards the bend of the hook.


Step 2

Tie in a tail using coq de leon fibers. Return your thread to the front of the hook.


Step 3

Tie in peal tinsel (size Med) at the front and wrap your thread to the bend of the hook. Return your thread to the front.

Tip: try giving your bobbin a counter-clockwise spin to uncord your thread which allows your wraps build up as little bulk as possible. this will help with the sink rate of your fly.


Step 4

Wrap the tinsel up the shank of the hook using slightly overlapping wraps. Tie off behind the bead and snip off the excess.


Step 5

Tie in peal tinsel (med or lrg, depending on the size of your fly) just behind the bead for your wing case.


Step 6

Use rainbow scud dubbing to create a slim dubbing collar just behind the bead.


Step 7

Bring your wing case over the dubbing collar and secure it with a few tight wraps.


Step 8

Snip your thread, wing case, and any long dubbing fibers. Removing the unruly dubbing fibers will help with the sink rate.



The links embedded through the article above are Amazon Affiliate links. By purchasing through these links we earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. If you are interested in the gear and decide to buy through these links, it helps to support our channel which is much appreciated! Thank you for your support!

Recent Posts

See All

Commentaires


bottom of page