In the latest great fly-tying video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler shows you how to tie a fly that’s a mash-up of three great Lance Egan patters: The Rainbow Warrior, Tungsten Surveyor, and Red Dart. The idea is to present a fly that’s just different enough to lure trout that have already been fooled by an Egan fly.
As usual, Tim demonstrates some useful tying tricks that will help you become a better overall tier. He explains exactly how you should prepare and tie in each material for maximum efficiency, and the result is a well-proportioned, attractive, durable fly that will ride hook-up–which means fewer lost flies on the bottom.
Tungsten Rainbow Dart
Hook: Barbless jig hook (here, a Lightning Strike JF2), sizes 12-16.
Bead: Silver slotted tungsten bead, 7/64-inch.
Weight: Lead-free round wire, .015.
Adhesive #1: Superglue (here, Fly Tyer’s Z-Ment).
Thread: Red, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Rib: Silver Ultra Wire, small.
Tail: Red saddle-hackle fibers.
Abdomen: Rainbow Sow-Scud Dubbing.
Wingcase: Opal Mirage Tinsel.
Thorax: Peacock herl.
Adhesive #2: Uv-cure resin.
Tools: Bodkin, plunger-style pliers, dubbing whirl.