the rs2 fly is a deadly pattern for colorado waters, and we can than rim chung for this deliciously tasty treat. this thread only version of this fly is best fished as an emerger behind your dries when the fish are most active sub surface. i honestly think that the only time that i do not fish an rs2 is in the dead of winter. even then, i had heard of people having good luck on them even then. here is a short video on how to tie this delicious trout snack. hope you enjoy it.
with colorado having primarily tail waters, some patterns are just going to work exponentially better than others. if youre like me and you dont want to spend a lot of time trying the more intricate sow bug patterns here is a soft hackle option for you. the firebead head is a great attractor on this fly and helps it get down super quick. as an excellent lead fly, this pattern is heavy enough to help you sink your rig to the right depth and quickly when you dont want to add weight to your setup.
just your average zebra midge, but not your average zebra midge video. literally the easiest of the midge patterns to tie, the point of this video was more to demonstrate which colors work for me. i almost always have at least a dozen of each of these 5 colors floating around my fly box at any given time.
here in colorado i most commonly tie these in 18-24 but just like in color, this pattern can be tied in even larger sizes depending on the river. seeing as how this fly is effective all year around, its not often that i dont have one at the end of my line. if youre new to tieing flies, this pattern is easy and super fast to tie.
so im pretty sure everyone’s first fly was the san juan worm. but how do you take that pattern and trick it out so its more than yarn and a few thread wraps? this is how. the firebead wire worm. she sinks like a rock seeing as how theres a fair amount of metal tied to the hook. personally, i would use this fly as a lead fly in a double nymph setup or a trailing fly in a triple nymph setup. this fly would be a great addition to your unweighted flies. enjoy.
the woolly bugger is another one of those classic streamer patterns. the thin mint version was tied to represent colorful crawdads, but somehow that wasnt enough for me. naturally, i have to take every pattern and change it up even if its by just that little extra. the thin mint sparkle bugger has a nice bring olive ice dub collar to five this classic pattern that extra flash. another change that i will often give this pattern is i will put varying blue marabous in it to better match blue crawdads.