Colors: Pink, Tan (Buff)
Sizes: #16, #18
The Firebead Rays is a Soft Hackle Ray Charles fly pattern with a Firebead. Super effective on the Missouri River and many other tailwaters and freestone sreams, especially in the winter through spring. This is a must-have fly if you want to be successful in the Land of the Giants (LOG- the Missouri below Hauser Dam)
Missouri River Tip: During the Spring when we get higher water flows (say above 7,500cfs), here’s a great way to fish using this fly as a dropper nymph off our popular Wire Worm or Tungsten Firebead Sowbug. (FYI- the MO gets hazardous to wade fish above 7500 cfs) Use one of our Thingamabobber Nymph Rigs: 1-Drop 4′-6′ of 2X tippet off the swivel, 2-Add 12″-15″ of 3X tippet on the end of the 2X (use a Surgeon Knot or Blood Knot), 3-Tie on a #4 – #6 Wire Worm or a #12 – #14 Tungsten Firebead Sowbug. 4-Tie on 12″-15″ of 4X tippet off the Wire Worm or Tunsgsten Firebead Sowbug (either on the bend of the hook or from the eye), 5-Tie on a #16 or #18 Pink Lightning Bug or Firebead Rays or Firebead Caviar Scud or Tungsten Firebead Sowbug. 6-Add a B or BB Split Shot on the 2X tippet above the knot with the 3X tippet (then the split shot will never slide down to your fly). We use fluorocarbon tippet (Mirage or RIO FFP) because it sinks quicker, is more abrasion resistant and is stealthier. When fishing from a boat (which is a must above 7500cfs), set your indicator to about the depth you are fishing (i.e.- fishing in 7′ of water, set your depth with your indicator to about 7′ from your bottom nymph to the indicator.) [If I’m wade fishing I try to set the depth of my indicator about 1.5X the depth I’m fishing. i.e.- fishing in 6′ of water, set your indicator to about 9′ from bottom bug to bobber.] The Thingamabobber Nymph Rig makes it super easy and quick to adjust your depth as you move from spot to spot.
There may be slight variations from the photos as we have several tiers and slight differences in dye batches in the materials. But not to worry, all of them are fish catching little morsels!
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