This blog post is long over-due. Thanks to my friend and fishing buddy, John Matulis, I finally landed my first rainbow trout (non-steelhead) in Minnesota. And then I proceeded to land a few more! John moved to Rochester, Minnesota from New Hampshire just recently, and he has been exploring the driftless area in effort to give me a reason to drive down to visit him. He’s been scouting out the White Water River, and I finally found some time to join him in our pursuit of tight lines this past fall. Well, the river did not disappoint. After showing me around, John placed me right into his “pot ‘o gold hole” (affectionately now called JPOG) and with the help of a Rainbow Warrior fly, rainbows started crushing my flies. I joked that I found rainbows at the end of the pot o’gold, rather than the other way around. It was a great outing for my first time fishing in southeast Minnesota.
Lance Egan, a competitive fly tier from Utah, has invented many flies that produce staggering amounts of fish. Two of his flies that I fish the most are the Frenchie and the Rainbow Warrior. In particular, the Rainbow Warrior has been a deadly fly for me wherever rainbow trout are around. There’s something about the flash and color scheme that seem to drive these fish bonkers. Here’s my favorite video for how to tie the Rainbow Warrior by Tim Flagler at Tightline Productions:
As an added bonus this week, I’m giving away five size 16 Rainbow Warriors to one person drawn at random (tied with a tungsten bead, and the barbs mashed). Post a comment on my blog and you get entered into the drawing. Post a comment on multiple blog posts and you get two entries (maximum of two entries). In my comments section, leave a comment and your email and I’ll announce the winner one week from today. The winner will have five Rainbow Warriors mailed to the address of his or her choice. Happy commenting!