‘Jigs’ or J hooks have been getting increasingly popular over the last couple of years, with most post-jig anglers becoming jig-maniacs! A lot of anglers only have jig style flies in their box, but that isn’t a bad thing as they are growing in popularity with the fish, too! One thing that hasn’t changed though is the tendency for fish to eat pheasant tail nymphs, so this weeks, fly of the week has both attributes, Pheasant tail and a Jig hook.
Start off by threading a 3.5mm slotted bead onto a Fulling Mill Force Jig Hook, size 12. Bulk up a layer of UTC Thread behind the bead to secure it tightly in place. This ensures the bead doesn’t wobble and become dislodged. Take the thread down the hook and stop just as the curve takes shape.
Take around six or seven strands of black cock hackle and tie in roughly the same length of the hook. Strip four strands of black pheasant tail and length of gold wire from the spool and tie both in, running the thread to around 2/3s of the way up the hook. Wind the pheasant over the thread and then rib the wire in the opposite direction to secure, and tie off.
Attach two strands of Glo-Bright Flo Orange to the hook at around four inches in length. These are used for the hotspot, so bulk each turn up on top of each other, around five or six times, tie off, and tie in a strand of natural peacock herl to create the thorax. Wind the herl towards the bead, again bulking the head up so the head appears tapered to the bead. Simply tie off and whip finish.
This fly can be varied in colour, size and style by changing the hotspot colour or thorax material.
Written by Kieron Jenkins