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    Default Winter Warrior SBS

    Winter Warrior SBS, Fall/winter 2012 nymph swap
    a rainbow warrior in a dark scheme with black holo tinsel.
    Originally tied for Boulder creek as a winter nymph for deeper holes. It also works for alpine brookies and the occasional tailwater fish. Kind of looks like a mayfly larva or a big midge.

    hook: Umpqua 201 #18 curved
    thread: Iron Grey 8/0
    bead:2.0mm black brass
    Abdomen/wingback: black holo tinsel medium
    Segmentation: Lagartun fine blue
    Thorax:UV ice dub, dark olive
    tail:black rooster neck (8-10 fibers)

    Bead and thread base:

    Tying in the tail/trim excess:

    Wire and tinsel tied in, body smoothed and formed by thread:

    Tinsel wrapped forward and secured. Do not trim excess:

    Wire wrapped forward and secured, add a pinch of dubbing:

    Dubbing wrapped. Tinsel folded forward as a wingback:

    Clip excess fibers and tinsel. Double whip finish:



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    Default Re: Winter Warrior SBS

    Thanks TB,

    I tried tying some of these up the other day based off just a photo. I tied it two different ways. One with UV Ice dub translucent whitish blue color and one with Ice dub peacock black.

    Both look good but I didn't add the wire wrap so now I gotta go back to the vice.

    Thanks tons for the pattern I cant wait to tie a few up and run it with a size 20 RS2 behind it. Should be a killer cold water set up.
    "The fish you're gonna find up here, you're gonna find; Rainbow,Cuttbow,CuttBrowns,Brownbows,RainBrowns,
    CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"

    "Snap it" Hank Patterson

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    good fly man very effective

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    Default Re: Winter Warrior SBS

    Thanks guys!
    The original pattern, the Rainbow Warrior, is a Lance Egan pattern. I just gave it a black color scheme with a wire wrap!
    On rainbow warriors, changing thread/dubbing/tinsel/wire color vastly changes the appearance of the fly. Chartreuse thread makes a nice bright green hue, with black it looks kind of turquoise, rust orange is also pretty cool.
    Some variants:

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    cool looking flies been doing something very close experimenting with different dubbings for thorax

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    I would like to give this a try for my tail water out East here , I don't think the bows have seen this and they get hammered pretty hard since it is the only show in town this time of yr. Do you think I could do it on a #20 ?

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    I tie these and it's sister pattern the rainbow warrior regularly down to a size 22 , so yes you should. I find in the winter most everything I fish is a 20 or 22, sometimes a 24
    "The fish you're gonna find up here, you're gonna find; Rainbow,Cuttbow,CuttBrowns,Brownbows,RainBrowns,
    CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"

    "Snap it" Hank Patterson

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    Great, thanks I need to p/u some of the materials. I am heading to that tail water in about 1/2 hr. since it will be 30 + degrees today. I am still learning my way around all the resources here, there is so much it is hard to stay focused !!! This tying section will be a huge asset.
    Thanks
    Eastfly

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    Default Re: Winter Warrior SBS

    TB: Thanks for doing the SBS, I have a bunch of Rainbow Warriors in my fly box, but really like the dark color of your variation and will tie some up.

    Larry
    Larry


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    The Lagartun fine blue , is that a flat or rnd wire ?
    also, does it matter if the thread is waxed or not ? I'm a rookie , I know to use 8/0 for small and 6/0 for streamers and such, whats with the different kinds of threads ?
    Last edited by eastfly66; 01-10-2014 at 05:23 PM.

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