Selecting the right kind of jig for the water you are fishing:
Hard Bodied Jigs
Streamlined and heavy, hard bodied jigs such as polish quills and perdigón (pellet) patterns are meant to get into pocket water slots fast. This style of fly is best fished with Polish or Czech styles in close range where repeated short drifts under the rod tip are most effective.
Fuzzy or soft bodied Jigs
For long drifts under controlled depth. Soft bodied jigs do not get rejected as fast as hard bodied jigs allowing the fish to hold on a few extra moments better transmitting the take up the line. Soft bodied jigs are more buoyant so do not plummet as fast as hard pellet jigs. Also a good choice in shallow water. My prefered fly choice when employing the long line French nymphing rig.
Tied similiar to a perdigon jig but tied in the round instead so it presents to the fish properly no matter how it tumbles in the current.
Perfect for skinny water and wary fish with a matte black bead.
I started using stripped peacock herl nymphs when I was a kid as some of the very first flies I ever learned to tie. The classic Catskill style of dry fly and some nymph patterns all used peacock stripped herl because it creates a natural segmented look of a real insect.
These micro-jigs, sizes 16-18 have never let me down and I often use them as a dropper in a dry dropper situation.
Coated with a tough UV resin for durability and a spike collar for added bugginess. I have never been dissapointed when using these patterns.
Use when the Baetis are hatching and the fish are working in pools and shallow riffles during the hatch. This pattern is ideal for the French Long Line technique or as a dropper fly underneath a dry. A small tungsten bead aids sinking the fly to the right depth. Also perfect for slow smooth water or in shallow situations.
I have tested the durability of quill bodied patterns and ensure that these flies can withstand the rigors of heavy fishing. I use new resins that will not break off and quills wrapped around a strong cement base eliminate the one and done scenario so common with stripped peacock quill patterns.
I had a great summer fishing the PMD hatches with this Purdee John euro style jig. Great color and translucency are hard to resist. One of the bigger trout of the 2016 season, a 24" brown, was taken with this fly on Colorado's Eagle River.
Gee, I wish I had a fly that was dark yet had some alluring flash to it... How many times has this crossed my mind while working the water on a cold winter day?
I needed a jig fly for those dark dreary winter days when you need something with a touch of flash and dark silhouette. Steelheaders understand the importance of purple in a fly when attracting anadromous rainbow trout. Non anadromous trout are no less influenced by this dark oracle.
Deep, dark and seductive. The black Oracle covers that "I wish I had a small black iridescent fly with UV qualities" situation that I have encountered many times.
I rely on this fly as my back-up when the going gets tough on my home waters. I am never surprised when when it works. I love hearing stories of other guides having success with this fly.
Before summer makes its transition into fall, hatches and other bugs dwindle in frequency and size. When this happens, you may be surprised to find stomachs full of cased caddis as the fish look at scavenging on what is available. Behavioral drift also occurs as the caddis seek to establish better feeding territory within the river channel. Either way, trout will respond favorably to a cased caddis imitation drifting amongst the rocks.
I often use one of these cased caddis as an anchor jig that is equally effective at drawing strikes than the trailing fly. I tie these with trailer hitches so that you can also use as an anchor fly on a multi-fly rig. Because late summer water flows are generally very clear, I use a raw tungsten bead (while supplies last) on this pattern to keep things from being too flashy.
Popular in Europe amongst the best anglers. It has proven to be a remarkably effective fly on my recent trips. I even used it during a PMD hatch with noted success.
Metallic orange bead looks an awful lot like a trout egg drifting free of it's redd during the autumn spawning season. Why not exploit fishes innate egg eating response?
These are definately fish catchers. One of my favorite new pet patterns quickly earning a high ranking in the pecking order of my guide box. I sell these out of the trunk of my car everywhere I go like trout crack (fact).
Betty has a new outfit to wear to the trout dance. Tied on a small barbless jig hooks and a touch of added weight, this fly gets into the zone and tumbles along right where the trout want it.
A fly with true "mystique". The pink beads are deadly enough but add a touch UV blue ribbing and a flame out the back end out the end and you have an amazing fly.
The original Dirty Hipster pattern with a bright spot for added allure and fish catching prowess. Reports are strong on how well this fly fishing in the mid-west and in Pennsylvania streams. Oregon and Colorado fish are also eating them up like a stoner craving cheetohs.
My Best Seller in 2017!
The popular Dirty Hipster pattern but subdued for the low clear water of late summer. No hot spot and a black nickel bead for stealth.
The ever popular Pheasant Tail nymph (Frenchie) tied with orange accents to trigger trouts affinity for the color orange. Silver beads reflect surrounding colors and are a good choice on dark days when you want to get noticed.
A darker PT nymph variation tied in the round with a subdued hot collar.
Choose from a supreme or standard. Supreme comes on wide gap hook with larger bead.
Hands down, this is the single most effective fly in my box. My logs are beginning to show exceptional numbers of fish that this fly has been producing this year. I have not had a day later when I cannot draw a fish to take. I try to use other patterns, but this one always gets put back on.