In high hopes of getting a little time on the river over the next several days, I've been on the vise tying some patterns.
One pattern I've read a good deal about is the Rainbow Warrior nymph. Never have I fished this pattern, but looking at it... the fly should fish.
Not having the exact materials this pattern calls for I improvised. The pattern calls for wide pearl tinsel, which I was void of, so I used clear scud back. The Rainbow Warrior also calls for rainbow colored dubbing and not having any of that exact material, I blended my own.
I tied a second pattern tonight. First let me say that Michael Mercurio is some kind of guy. He's always doing something for someone else. Last year he sent me some studs for my wading boots and recently he gifted me with an Alaskan Amber beer. Last week when we were fishing the catch & release with Charlie, the subject of San Juan worm patterns came up. I told Merc that I had looked high and low for the claret colored micro chenille used in one particular San Juan pattern. The only way I knew about this pattern - the claret colored San Juan worm, is because Merc had given me one to fish.
That worm fished like no tomorrow. It would catch fish when nothing else would. I would end up losing the fly to a rock, tree, fish... I don't remember and since then I've been looking for the same colored material to duplicate it. Merc told me he knew where to get it and lo and behold in today's dispatch from the pony express there was the prettiest package of claret colored worm chenille. Ahhhhh.... bliss.
Going to tie some of these puppies up standard style, like above, and a tangled worm pattern also. Have plans to tie up some claret colored worm balls for those grand and golden ones - the carp. Killer!!!!