CDC Rainbow Warrior

Lance - June 2021

Tainbow Warriors catch fish. Period. Flies tied with CDC catch fish. Period. Use a CDC Rainbow Warrior and catch fish. Period. End of story.

Or explained in a little more detail: The original Rainbow Warrior has proven to be a consistently productive fly on tailwaters, freestone rivers, and stillwater. What could possibly be done to improve the Rainbow Warrior’s effectiveness? Add a magic natural material like CDC, of course. The CDC version is more “buggy”, and offers enhanced movement while keeping the established color scheme. Though you could indicator nymph, Euro nymph, or tight line the CDC Rainbow Warrior, I particularly love this pattern as a dropper below a dry. With a tungsten head it gets down well, is flashy enough to pique the interest of Trout, and has an extra buggy seductive CDC soft hackle for added movement.  -- Lance

Material List
  • Hook: TMC 2457 Caddis Pupa, Nymph Hook - 18
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red
  • Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Red
  • Bead: Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads - Sterling Silver - 2.0mm (5/64")
  • Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors - Nickel - 5/64" (2.0mm)
  • Bead: Fulling Mill Tungsten Beads - 2.0mm - Silver
  • Tail: Ringneck Pheasant Tail - Natural
  • Body/Wing Case: Veevus Pearl Tinsel - Large
  • Thorax: Wapsi Sow Scud Dubbing - Rainbow
  • Collar: Nature's Spirit CDC - Natural
  • Collar: Nature's Spirit CDC - Light Gray Dun
  • Clamp Tool:: Swiss CDC MultiClamp
  • Dubbing Twister: Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing twister
  • Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    $1.99
    Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors
    Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

    Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

    $7.80
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

    $3.25
    Nature's Spirit CDC
    Nature's Spirit CDC
    Nature's Spirit CDC

    Nature's Spirit CDC

    $3.45
    Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails
    Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

    Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

    $4.99
    Wapsi Sow Scud Dubbing
    Wapsi Sow Scud Dubbing
    Wapsi Sow Scud Dubbing
    Wapsi Sow Scud Dubbing

    Wapsi Sow Scud Dubbing

    $2.25
    Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
    Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
    Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
    Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
    Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
    Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
    Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
    Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
    Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
    Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads

    Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads

    $7.50
    Swiss CDC MultiClamp
    Swiss CDC MultiClamp

    Swiss CDC MultiClamp

    $44.99
    Veevus Pearl Tinsel
    Veevus Pearl Tinsel

    Veevus Pearl Tinsel

    $3.99
    Ringneck Pheasant Tail
    Ringneck Pheasant Tail

    Ringneck Pheasant Tail

    $6.49
    Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing twister
    Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing twister
    Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing twister

    Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing Twister

    $55.99
    TMC 2457 Caddis Pupa, Nymph Hook
    TMC 2457 Caddis Pupa, Nymph Hook

    TMC 2457 Caddis Pupa, Nymph Hook

    $8.50
    Fulling Mill Tungsten Beads
    Fulling Mill Tungsten Beads

    Fulling Mill Tungsten Beads

    $7.00