Posts Tagged ‘winter fly fishing’

Piggly Wiggly Imitator – Fly Tying Video

Tungsten nymphs are superior in most fly fishing situations. The Piggly Wiggly Imitator is no exception. The pink anodized bead, and the pink rib work together to attract trout year round.

On a cold January afternoon Kohler and I were fishing the lower Provo and having a tough time sticking fish. We were filling through our boxes and trying fly after fly for a few hours without much success. Toward the end of our allotted time to fish Kohler pulled out a fly that neither of us had ever fished, an unnamed jig style nymph with an anodized pink tungsten bead. For the next 30 minutes the fly was rarely found outside a fishes mouth. As for the name of the fly, well for about a year it remained without a name, but eventually the name Piggly Wiggly stuck… not sure where it came from, but it stuck ūüėČ

Below is a quick film from that day on the Provo when the Piggly Wiggly came to be.

This is one of the quickest and easiest flies to tie. It also fishes well with a gold bead and a gold rib (essentially a gold ribbed hare’s ear).¬†As jig hooks continue to gain popularity, especially amongst competition fly fishermen, it can be difficult to find quality jig hooks. This pattern is tied on a Fulling Mill Hook, but any jig hook in which you are confident will suffice. These hooks are tough and durable, and Kohler and I are very confident in their quality. Take just a few minutes, tie up a handful and give them a shot.

Piggly Wiggly Fly Pattern

Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Hook – Size 14-16
Thread: Uni 8/0 Camel
Bead: Slotted Tungsten – Anodized Pink
Tail: CDC Natural
Body: Natural Squirrel
Rib: Pink Sulky Ribbon (from your local craft store)

Winter Elements Video- Successful Winter Flies Proven

In our Cold Weather Fly Fishing post I gave a few ideas on how to catch more trout during winter conditions. To validate these ideas Derek and I hit up one of our favorite stretches of the Provo River. As many people know fly fishing the Provo River can be very rewarding. I put together this video which show how a typical snowy winter day can be full of fish and enjoyment. Check it out above.
Pink Beaded Hare's Ear

Turns out that the flies that produced the most fish for us were a pink anodized beaded Hare’s Ear, and not surprisingly a¬†Pink Rainbow Warrior¬†as suggested by Devin at The Tactical Fly Fisherman. The Hare’s Ear we fished is as simple as a small CDC tail, squirrel dubbing for the body, pink wire (I would ¬†confidently substitute this with silver wire as well), and a pink anodized bead. It was also tied on a jig hook which we are finding more and more success with these days.

I hope that everyone is finding ways to spend this winter both at the tying table, and on the river. However, if you are still not convinced about wading in a cold river while it’s snowing, at least enjoy our video while you think about the warmer days of spring which are sure to coming.


Euro Nymphing Guide Trip

Provo River Brown TroutThere are certain times of year that you expect to receive guide trip inquiries from out of towners. For instance, around the fourth of July (give or take a week or two) the green drake hatch is in full swing on the middle Provo and any guide would expect to have a lot of interested potential clients knocking at ones door. Conversely, the middle of January is down right slow here in Utah with regards to guiding. It’s not that the fishing is bad because it isn’t. I’m confident its because most people who come to Utah when the ground is white and frozen are here to play in the “greatest snow on earth”. It makes sense. I think that’s why I was a little surprised when I was asked to take a couple fishermen out on a “Euro Nymphing” specific guide trip. I quickly became enthused at the idea of teaching my preferred technique to a couple of strangers from Nebraska.

Euro Nymphing SighterIf you are not familiar with Euro Nymphing, it is a tight line technique that puts you directly in touch with fish that eat your nymphs. I’m not going to go into specifics here, but it is hands down the most deadly nymphing technique I have found for most subsurface situations. For a great crash course in Euro Nymphing you can check out my buddies blog at The Tactical Fly Fisherman.

Euro Nymphing Guide TripDerek and I were both open that day, so he came along to help out and spend some time on the river. Our two clients were both capable fisherman who quickly picked up on the technique.

Lickety Split and Prince KohlerBeing that we were throwing to semi-lethargic trout in cold mountain water we switched up flies quite a bit to find the right combination that would produce the most fish. Turns out the Lickety Split (PMD), and the Prince Kohler out produced our other patterns. Click on these links for fly tying videos on these two great patterns. Both of these nymph patterns catch fish throughout the year. I highly recommend tying them up and trying them out. Odds are they will find a permanent home in your nymph box.

Provo River Guide TripDespite fishing in the middle of the winter, we were able to pass along a valuable technique to our new friends, and hook into a handful of beautiful trout. I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon outdoors in the middle of January here in Utah. Maybe that’s because I don’t ski/snowboard? Either way, I wouldn’t trade a day to play in the frozen stuff when I have the flowing stuff to entertain me. Tight lines out there!


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