For the past five years or so this Lance Egan creation has been one of the top producing nymph in my arsenal. For the past year Kohler and I have been fishing the Tungsten Surveyor on a Syndicate jig hook which has been dynamite! When it comes to easy, quick to tie, and extremely effective flies the Surveyor nymph is on top of that list.
The Tungsten Surveyor jig is extremely effective Euro Nymphing, Czech Nymphing, and even indicator nymphing. The additional weight from the tungsten bead helps this pattern get down to the fish quickly and helps it stay low in the feeding zone longer during each drift.
Original Two-toned Surveyor
Kohler began incorporating dark rainbow sow scud dubbing for a thorax many years ago. The darker tone seemed to add a nice component to the fly. With the jig variant it is merely a dubbing collar instead of a thick thorax. Also, this fly is flashy enough with the rainbow dubbing and the red hotspot that the pearl wing case has also been omitted. These slight changes have made this fly even faster to tie, and by no means have we seen a decline in the number of fish we catch. In fact, I have become so confident in jig nymphs that many of my nymphs are being transitioned to these hooks.
Jig Hook Benefits
There are many benefits of fishing jig nymphs including better hook ups primarily in the top of the mouth, better holding power once a fish is hooked, and fewer snags since it rides hook point up which results in fewer lost flies. There may also be other benefits, but these simple advantages have really proven to be helpful when targeting fish nymphing.
Syndicate has proven its self over and over again for us. We are firm believers in this hook and now offer it in both sizes 12 and 14 here in our web store.
You can purchase both jig hooks and slotted tungsten from us to get rolling on jig style nymphs. I’m confident you will be pleased with them as well.
This pattern has been fishing so well lately that it deserved another post, and a fly tying tutorial. It is so easy to tie, and awesome in the water that it has a permanent spot in my fly box, as it will in yours if you try it out.
Yesterday a few of my friends and I decided to fish some local private ponds that are know to nurture giant trout. Ten minutes into it we were catching an occasional huge trout between five and ten pounds. After some time things slowed down and I decided to switch from nymphs to streamers. I opened my box and quickly realized I had neglected tying streamers, particularly wooly buggers, this winter. I only had one leftover from last fall, a dark purple wooly bugger. I tied it on and realized I had found the golden ticket. I started sight fishing to a few large trout loitering in a corner of the pond. Some turned, others ignored, but soon I found a 6+ pound rainbow that couldn’t live without that purple wooly bugger. I pricked him on a voracious take, but he spit the fly as fast as he had inhaled it. A few minutes later as a nice rainbow was tailing the same fly, an even larger rainbow appeared out of the dark and hammered my bugger… I didn’t miss him and I landed one of the largest trout of my life.
The sad part of this story happened about a half hour later when I hooked into what would have been my largest fish of the day, and after an immediate 3 foot aerial he unaffectedly swam my dark purple wooly bugger to the depths of the pond, leaving me stunned and out of wooly buggers. Not surprisingly after I got home last night I couldn’t go to bed until I had a dozen wooly buggers tied up. I also put together a Wooly Bugger Tutorial you can find on our tutorial page. That way if anyone is like me and doesn’t have stash of buggers ready to go, here are some tips on tying them up. The ice is off a lot of reservoirs here in the west, and the rest will be icing off here shortly. Do yourself a favor and don’t get caught unprepared or you might end up sitting at home very late tying wooly buggers after what could have been an even better day fishing.