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.
The Two- toned surveyor is one of my favorite go-to patterns, especially on the middle Provo here in Utah. This fly has done so well recently that at one point today I stopped trying other patterns to accompany my size 12 surveyor because nothing else was catching fish! I then did what any smart fisherman would do and I tied a size 14 surveyor on to trail my size 12. The duo surveyors worked like magic! It even hooked me my biggest fish, to date, on the middle Provo (See picture above). Tie some of these up soon because they will work on most rivers, wherever you fish. I’ve personally caught fish on many different rivers and streams fishing this pattern, it is a fantastic tie.
One more note: I am a fly fishing guide in Utah and I would love to take you on your next fly fishing adventure to the middle Provo or other great streams across our state. Contact Utah Pro Fly Fishing soon for your guided adventure, the fishing here is HOT!
The famous Hare’s Ear pattern has been around forever. Lots of people have fished with it and caught fish on it. As any fly tyer knows, it’s entertaining to try new materials, different colors of dubbing, or anything new that comes into the market. The Two-toned Surveyor came about after we had heard about the surveyor nymph, which is tied with a light color of rainbow dubbing for the abdomen and thorax. We fished with it, and had some good luck with it. After having found a darker shade of rainbow dubbing, we tried it out and tied this varition. In my opinion, it has been more effective than the surveyor, and has been very effective on the lower Provo River this spring. It has become a must in any fly box. Tie some of these up in different sizes and give them a try on your favorite trout steam.
Hook: Scud hook in sizes 10-18
Bead: Silver, size to match your hook size
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
Abdomen: Light rainbow sow bug dubbing
Thorax: Dark rainbow sow bug dubbing
Wing Case: Med. size pearl mylar, thinskin
Rib: Silver BR wire