Sunday, 21 March 2010

At Sweden's show last weekend, I spent a little time chatting with Charles Jardine. He was tying flies and also exhibiting some fine casting diplays.

Amongst other things, we chatted about the use of jig hooks and the advantages they offer the fly fisher - both for trout and grayling fishing. He clearly explained the benefits of using jig hooks as he saw it, especially in terms of added movement of the fly through the water.

Charles took pen to paper to help discuss the merits of jig hooks over the traditional nymph hook:

Certainly when lifted as it moves with the current, the fly moves on its fulcrum and emits a very life like movements. There is much experimenting to be done here I feel.



Fishpainter said...

I stumbled upon your website today. I also had just read an article in American Angler magazine about Graylings becoming endangered species here in the US.

It struck me that you had just attended this show, same as I had yesterday here in Rochester NY. Seems fishing would have been nice yesterday because the weather was beautiful in upstate New York. Our spring thaw has filled the streams and Steelhead is the trout of choice. I like the photos of each tyer and their specialties. Simon Graham's Flys are great and I like the photo of the SRM emerger of Ulf Hagstrom. You have captured the show nicely.

I am wanting to read the rest of your blog and more about the Graylings.

Robert Burrows

pedros said...

Intersting sketches. I'd have assumed the fly would have been 'eye up' on the jig hook.


Dave Wiltshire said...

Thanks for the comments Robert.

Pedros: you're right they do. Perhaps the pivture was misleading, so I've adjusted it ;)


Midgenut said...

Just as a quick note, one of the older gents I fish with ties both woolley buggers and damsel patterns on 1/120 oz. jigs. He then fishes them under an indicator on both our streams and stillwaters. In both instances the bugs, although a bit ugly are very effective! Particularly the bugger patterns when set at a depth to run right over the weed beds in some of the lakes. The more wind and chop the better as the fly basically jigs with the rythmn of the surface chop and the when the trout hit the fly it is generally a very violent strike. The old boy also does quite well when fishing Pike with the same method but fishes a much larger jig...