Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Euro Nymph Jigs

Competition fly fishing and books like Dynamic Nymphing by George Daniels have created a ubiquitous buzz when it comes to tying and fishing Euro nymph jigs. These jigs are utilized in Chech, Polish and French nymphing techniques, which are all explained in Daniels's book, which I highly recommend. These jigs are rather simple in design and generally are dressed sparsely in order to allow optimal penetration and depth control. Let's be honest, in essence these are essentially bait-cast jigs dressed with traditional or new fly patterns. With this thought in mind, I headed to my local Cabela's and purchased several packs of their Fisherman Series jig heads that were on sale. This is an inexpensive alternative to buying fly fishing specific hooks and beads. However, the downfall for some fly anglers may be the jig head's composition of lead.

What... Jig Heads?

Since this was my first stab at Euro nymph tying, I decided to incorporate basic and classic patterns such as the pheasant tail nymph, the prince nymph and the all-to-important hare's ear nymph. I like to leave a little thread hotspot at both the tail and head. Compared to the Euro-jigs I have seen, I would admit that my patterns are a bit Americanized with the added bulk. Nevertheless, fish these patterns alone or as part of a multi-fly set-up.

Pheasant Tail Euro-Jig

Pheasant Tail Euro-Jig Recipe:
Hook: 1/32 oz. Cabela's Fisherman Series Jig Head
Thread: UTC 70 Fire Orange
Tail: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Body: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Rib: Copper UTC Wire size BR
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Collar: Dun colored CDC

Prince Nymph Euro-Jig

Prince Nymph Euro Jig Recipe:
Hook: 1/32 oz. Cabela's Fisherman Series Jig Head
Thread: UTC 70 Fire Orange
Tail: Goose Biots - Brown
Body: Peacock Herl
Rib: Gold UTC Wire Size BR
Collar: Coachman Brown Rooster

Naked Prince Euro-Jig

Naked Prince Euro-Jig Recipe:

Same as above, but without collar.

Rainbow Euro-Jig

Rainbow Euro-Jig Recipe:

Hook: 1/32 oz. Cabela's Fisherman Series Jig Head
Thread: UTC 70 Fire Orange
Tail: Pearl Krystal Flash
Body: Wapsi Rainbow Sow-Scud Dubbin
Thorax: Ice Dub UV Purple
Beard: Grizzly Mallard Flank

Monday, September 9, 2013

Dave's Hopper Variant


Dave's Hopper is a dry fly staple of the West that originated from the hands of fly tier, and fly fisherman, Dave Whitlock during the mid 1950s. "The original Dave's Hopper called for legs made of knotted Yellow-dyed Grizzly hackle that were trimmed" ("Dave's", 2013).  Since then, the pattern has evolved and experienced many transformations. For instance, the legs are often substituted with either pheasant tail fibers or thin rubber strips. The biggest variation in my pattern is the use of a craft foam body, which replaces the original's poly yarn. I also have integrated a tape wing, which is essentially cut and shaped turkey feather fibers sandwiched with clear packing tape on both sides.

If your new to knotted pheasant tail legs, see my knotted pheasant tail post that includes a straight-forward tutorial. I like to fish this pattern with a small dropper nymph tied off the bend during the late summer.  I hope you enjoy the vid and will consider giving the pattern a try.

Dave's Hopper Variant Recipe:

Hook: TMC 200R #10-8
Thread: UTC 70 Yellow
Body: 2mm Craft Foam Yellow
Hackle: Coachman Brown Rooster
Rib: Tying Thread
Legs: Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibers
Head: Trimmed Deer Hari
Collar: Splayed Deer Hair