The Black Jack has been such a dominant fly for me the past three years that I had to share it with my friends. If you tie, which I’m guessing most of you do, then here is a quick fly tying video that shows the few basic steps to tying the Black Jack. If you don’t tie then keep an eye out for these to appear in fly shops around the country. This is one of my patterns that is now being commercially tied and distributed by Rainy’s Flies. I’m not sure whether its the tungsten bead, the slim profile, or the contrasting colors that make this fly irresistible But what I do know is that it works!
My two favorite color variations are the black and fl. pink, and the black and chartreuse. I’d be lying if I didn’t say the pink variation out fishes the chartreuse most days, but on occasion the results are flip flopped so I keep my box loaded with both.
Hook: Umpqua C300BL, or Dai-Riki 135 (Sizes 12-16)
Bead: Black/Nickel Tungsten
Weight: Lead Wire
Thread: Black UTC 140 Denier
Tail: Black Goose Biot
Rib: Fl. Pink/Chartreuse (depending on variation) UTC 140 Denier
Glue for Body: Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails
Colar (Hot Spot): Fl. Pink/Chartreuse (depending on variation) UTC 70 Denier
Wings: White Goose Biot
Here is one of my bread and butter patterns for winter fishing. I’m not sure why this fly attracts fish so well, but it does. It is a simple Prince Nymph variation that is quick to tie, and straight up catches fish! It the last week and a half I have been fishing three times, and the only other pattern that rivaled the catch rate of the Bloody was the Rainbow Warrior, which is another awesome fly in the Winter. Its been cold as of late, so of course midge larva are about the only critters I’m finding in stomachs, but trout still have a hard time letting this fly pass by. Take my word for it, you won’t be disappointed!
Also, leave us a comment telling what your favorite Winter patterns are!
Hook: Dai-riki 135 sizes 14-18
Thread: Red 8/0
Bead: Gold Tungsten
Tail: Black Biots
Rib: Red BR wire
Body: Black superfine dubbing
Wings: White biots