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Wet fly pattern…

A simple, little wet fly pattern, the Roxy Rainbow. Normally, I have used this as a stillwater emerger pattern.

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Fly Tying: Rainbow Emerger

I tied up just a few of these Rainbow Emergers some years ago. Tucked them away in a fly box and forgot about them. I originally tied a Central Oregon pattern called a Roxy Rainbow (partridge wrapped wing and tail, rainbow Krystal Flash strands wrapped for abdomen, peacock thorax, ribbing optional). I was first intro’d to the Roxy on East Lake (Oregon).

Roxy Rainbow SBx

Here, with the emerger, I used a Guinea feather for the tail and then wrapped in a (sloppy) abdomen of Rainbow Krystal Flash then made a couple wraps of grizzly hackle and overlaid the body and hackle with the remaining Guinea and tied it off. The intent was to fish this pattern in the upper strata of a lake as an emerger patterm. I believe it still has some merit and the abdomen could sport various colors of Krystal Flash/Tinsel.

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Rainbow Emerger



Fly Tying: Attractor Materials

I was playing around with some materials that have a little zip to them, probably only where enough light penetrates the surface to ‘activate’ them. 

The first fly is a very standard nymph at first: Grizzly hackle fibers for the tail, a tan dubbed body of rabbit fur, but then I used some UV Ice Dub and created a small shroud around the thorax area. The razzle dazzle of that material could/would excite as the nymph would drift/rise near the surface. The material took on an amazing quality with just the available light, no flash.

The Roxy's Rainbow was at one time a favorite Central Oregon stillwater pattern. The abdomen is wound rainbow Krystal Flash, reinforced with fine copper wire. Peacock herl was used for thorax and in and of itself is a phenomenal material.

Sometimes a little flash is alright, but sometimes a lot a flash might just add some excitement beyond that darn matching the nymph…emerger….dry. Live a little.


Roxy Rainbow (mayfly nymph/emerger for stillwaters~lakes)

As I have previously noted, I first fished the Roxy Rainbow on East Lake (Oregon). A Bend, Oregon guide named Russ Seaton provided the recommendation and the fly. It worked well that day, not just because of the fly but also because of his instructions on how to best present the fly in the pre-emergent/emergent phases. A similar fly is the Lightning Bug, a flashy nymph pattern depicting the nymph aglow with trapped gases. The Roxy Rainbow was designed by Tim Paxton according to Sunriver Flyshop owner Bob Gaviglio. Once again, the flash is important and the presentation. You will greatly increase your pleasure in fishing if you think about presentation and not just idly kick about trolling a fly and picking up the occassional fish. How to tie it is pretty evident from the photos. If a pattern seems baffling then write to me for instructions.  



Callibaetis Nymphs & Emerger (Roxy’s,Stalcup’s & the Orb)







Roxy Rainbow Nymph’s and variations of Shane Stalcup’s Callibaetis Nymph (experimenting with materials in the thorax area (ostrich, mallard, gadwall, ice dub).  Also, tying the previously shown Orb emerger. These three nymphs/emerger are going to be my basic Callibaetis presentation (subsurface) for this coming stillwater season.


Roxy Rainbow (Callibaetis/Mayfly Emerger)


I was first introduced to this pattern on Oregon’s East Lake during a June Callibaetis hatch. It has worked well in the top strata during the hatch…again that air bubble/glowing orb business. I tied these slightly different….one slender and one thicker. Either will work. But, the slender version is theoretically correct.


Stillwater Variety Pack

By no means a complete assortment of all the flies I would carry out onto a lake, this picture depicts many of the flies I carry. The caddis pupa and adults (Elk Hair Caddis and Stimulator for Traveling Sedge), the damsel and dragons, scuds, Callibaetis nymphs and adults, Chironomid pupas. Previous posts have shown the woolly buggers I prefer. I don’t show an ant, diving back swimmer, adult damsel or any number of other patterns I have and sometimes carry. These are the basics that I build upon. You could incorporate Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Hare’s Ears, Adams or Griffiths Gnats. I am assessing and planning for the upcoming season.     


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