More and more fly anglers are turning to jig style nymphs these days. Amongst the Euro Nymphing groups, competition anglers have their boxes full of these flies. Many articles have been written on this subject here on the web, so for those who are not as familiar with their benefits they include 1) jig hooks ride up, which should mean fewer snags, 2) Generally with a jig hook you will stick the fish in the top of the mouth or top side of the jaw, not in the bottom near their gills which means better for the fish, and 3) the direction of the eye of the hood leads to a better hook setting angle which will lead to more hooked fish, and fewer fish lost (I believe this is why the competition folks prefer these hooks). There is also debate of the profile a jig hook gives off while drifting in the current that some anglers feel to be beneficial, amongst countless other theories that have convinced serious anglers to switch over their fly tying to this style of hook.
Derek and I have been on the lookout for a strong, sharp, affordable jig hook for quite some time. We have tried nearly every brand of jig hook imaginable. Most have a nice appearance but suffer from being weak. The last thing any angler wants is to hook into a decent fish and have the hook straighten out. For this reason we have struggled with finding a sufficiently strong jig hook, to put it simply most seem to bend out to easily for our liking.
Just this past year we stumbled across an american company (Syndicate Fly Fishing) that offers a very nice looking jig hook with a unique design. Like most brands before it, we tied up a dozen and took them to a stream full of bruisers to test their strength, and to see how well they hold fish.
We were surprised with the fish we were catching on these hooks, and the pressure they withstood. So much so that after a few emails we decided we wanted to offer these hooks to other anglers that may be on similar quests for the right jig hook. The good news is we now sell them here at Fly Tying 123 HERE!
To pair with the Syndicate jig style hooks we have also procured slotted tungsten beads to accompany these hooks. We have been fishing both all summer and into the fall, and have been very satisfied with the quality of both.
We hope that our journey will simplify yours. We are starting with size 14 and a 7/64″ gold tungsten bead, and if others in our community find them useful we will soon pick up a greater variety of sizes and colors. Try these hooks out for yourself, we are confident you won’t be disappointed, and don’t hesitate to let us know of your success!
Mother’s day is just around the corner, and sure enough the rivers here in Utah are swarming with caddis. One great thing about caddis is their awesome abundance from now until late fall. Over the course of a year they make up a large portion of a trout’s diet. Caddis are very active bugs that can be identified by the splashy aggressive rise of a trout. A caddis hatch is one of my favorite times to throw a dry fly because of the aggressive nature exhibited by trout at this time. These little critters are not easy meals for trout, and after a few escape early on in the hatch it seems that the trout turn up their energy level and really get going after them. Not many casual sips during a caddis hatch!
The tan foam and ginger hackle combination is my go to color variation. It has fished very well for me to both match the hatch, and as a searching pattern in the summer months.
The chartreuse foam body caddis is a great attractor or “searching pattern”. The profile of this fly with a little added color can also fish well during a hatch if the fish are not too highly pressured.
One great thing about caddis is their awesome abundance from now (late spring) until late fall. The foam body caddis is hands down my favorite caddis dry fly, followed closely by the classic Elk Hair Caddis. Give this pattern a shot in a variety of colors, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Tan Foam Body Caddis Hook: Any dry fly hook size 14-18 Thread: Uni 8/0 Camel Underbody: Tan Antron Dubbing Foam: Tan 1mm X 1mm Wing: Elk Hair Legs: Ginger/Brown Hackle
Chartreuse Foam Body Caddis Hook: Any dry fly hook size 14-18 Thread: Uni 8/0 Olive Underbody: Dark Olive Antron Dubbing Foam: Chartreuse 1mm X 1mm Wing: Elk Hair Legs: Black/Dark Grizzly
After a couple of years of tying, I was drawn to learn how to weave. It seemed easy enough…..until I tried! It took me some time to learn, but now my box is full of these bugs! They are a durable fly that catch fish! They are built like a rock, so they sink fast. The other reason I like these bugs is that there are an endless amount of variations to this fly. It can be built like a caddis, stonefly, cranefly, or whatever else you can think of. Please see the pics of some of our favorites variations!
A quick story on this fly, I had been tying this fly and trying it out for a year or so before I finally decided to really give the fly a try on my local river. The day ended up with two 20″+ browns making their way into my net (along with many other fish!). I have caught a lot of fish on this river, but nothing over 20″. It was a memorable day, and I often start the day off with a version of this fly!! (see video below to see story and fish caught with woven nymphs!!)