Jig nymphs are a popular style to fish being that they get to the fish quickly due to their typical characteristics: Heavy bead and slender body. Another benefit is the jig hook, encouraging the fly to ride hook point up. This will cause less snags, so you are not constantly retying these patterns. Finally, I suggest taking some of your favorite nymphs and tie them on jig hooks to see how they perform; I think you'll be excited by the results!
Jig nymphs are nothing new to fly fishing, yet I've noticed that many are hesitant to take that initial plunge. During this video, I go over the tying procedures for a generic jig nymph, and then variations to enhance the pattern. Finally, the last section involves a discussion around fishing with this style of fly. As I mentioned in the video, don't be afraid to experiment and show your creativity when selecting materials to tie these nymphs!
In this fly tying tutorial, I explain the procedures for tying Kevin Compton's Czech jig nymph, the "Ginger Snap." This attractor fly, requiring intermediate tying skills, is tied on a jig hook, in line with other Czech-style and Euro jig nymph patterns. The "Ginger Snap" also utilizes additional great components, such as a dubbing loop thorax and peacock quills for the body. Kevin's brother Bryant, who guides for Vail Valley Anglers uses this pattern on a regular basis, which speaks highly for the pattern.
Featured in this fly tying tutorial is a pattern that is popular among the Czech / Euro jig nymphing crowd, Napoleon's Dynamite. This is a fly that features weight, a slender body, and a couple hot spots. Combined with those characteristics are some great colors, and we have a pattern that catches lots of fish. The hot spot can be as a tag or collar, with the former being more effective in areas that receive lots of fishing pressure. Feel free to modify this pattern to meet the needs of your fishing, and I recommend starting by substituting other fluorescent colors.
In this fly tying tutorial, I demonstrate the techniques used to tie Lance Egan's Frenchie nymph. This effective pattern has been gaining popularity over the last few years, and with good reason: It catches trout! I offer a number of variations, including tying the fly on a jig hook, which will certainly appeal to many crowds, such as those in Euro or Czech-style nymph fishing and competition anglers.
Featured in this YouTube fly tying tutorial is a classic pattern with a modern twist: the Prince nymph tied on a jig hook for European- and Czech-syle nymphing. By slightly modifying this fly, we end up with a "Guide Pattern," being that the fly has reduced materials, fewer procedures, and is effective at catching many fish. I recommend this pattern to all, especially if you are interested in European nymphing, including the Czech and French styles.
Being that the Hare's Ear is such a classic and venerable pattern, it's only fitting that applying new styles to it occur more often than not. The Czech-style of nymphing has overtaken many areas of fly fishing, and it's easy to convert the Hare's Ear to that type of a pattern, as shown in the fly tying tutorial. There are many options that you have with this pattern, and I explore a few during the video. I do want to stress that this is a larger pattern (sizes 8-12) and I fish it in fast water, thus you'll notice that I tie this pattern in the "guide style" with few of those options added on.
For this tutorial, I chose a fly that has an extremely traditional look, known as the Bloody Mary. The tying of this nymph includes a few intermediate techniques but is generally a simple and straightforward process. I commonly fish this as an anchor fly, especially when European nymphing.
During this tutorial, I demonstrate a few methods used on a great all-around nymph pattern, the stonefly. This pattern can be fished with many methods, including European / Czech nymphing and when utilizing the hopper-dropper or dry-dropper rigs.
Many flies have been modified over the years, though their "variant" versions rarely outproduce the original. This fly may prove to be that one! Though distinctly different from the original Hare's Ear, this modified Guide's Choice is a killer pattern that cam represent different insects and various stages. In this version, the pattern is tied on a jig hook and intended to drift lower in the water column. Definitely experiment with the pattern and determine which color combinations and weights work best for you.
When fishing spring creeks (and other streams with water cress), don't forget about the Cress Bug! This fly is effective in many situations, and I primarily recommend fishing it in the riffles as part of a nymph setup. When tying the Cress Bug, be sure to focus on the key characteristics, as mentioned in the video. Have fun with this one, and definitely get it into your box!
A little-known fact about Chuck Furimsky is that he used to be in the leather industry, and he's applied those skills to one of his newer patterns, the Chuck Nymph. This unique fly features a specially-cut leather called Bugskin, which has great action in the water. You will also enjoy the story behind this fly's name...
Guest tyer John Mlakar ties a great pattern known as the Swimming Crane Fly Larva and then shares some of his personal variations (which I highly recommend looking into!). John also gives us some tips to fish this fly, which is a simple and effective one. Have fun with the variations of your own, and let us know how you like this Swimming Crane Fly Larva.
The Mop Fly has arrived! In this fly tying tutorial, I share my procedures for tying the pattern, plus talk about how it came to be. There are a variety of places to purchase the "mop material" from, thus be creative in your search, as the greatest variation of this fly (as of now) is changing its color. Have fun with this "guide style" pattern!