This is a new version of the jiggyfly I have made. It is easy to tie, it is larger than I use to tie them and with the new material Ripple Ice Fiber from Hareline Dubbing. The new material has been super popular since the release and it is not without a reason. It is a fantastic material for baitfish patterns!
Sea trout anglers all over Sweden has just thrown themselves over this material lately. Here are a few awesome patterns I just picked up on instagram using Ripple Ice Fiber:
It almost goes without saying that this fly is supposed to be fished with a loop knot to move freely. It can be fished with ether a floating or intermediate line. Long jigging pulls with both short and long stops. Because of its weight it is also a good option to a flatwing if you want to retrieve fast but don’t have a sink 2 line. I have decided not to add a trailer hook to this fly first because it would effect the movement of the fly, I want all the weight to be in the front. When a fly moves so much up and down like this pattern they use to take it very aggressively aiming for the whole fly or the front.
Hook: Partridge Attitude Streamer #1 Wing: Bucktail White, Bucktail Chartreuse, Bucktail Sculpin Olive , Ripple Ice Fiber Yellow, one grizzly feather on etch side. Head: Fish Skull Baitfish Head Small-Medium Gold
What follows here below is a step by step on how to tie this fly.
Put the hook in the vise this way, and bend the hook. Try to make the bend about 4 mm from the hook eye.
Blend bucktail. Prepare more material than you will need because you will lose some strands when blending them. I only add a few strands of bucktail in a fluorescent color. This material is to mimic the belly of the fish so I want it quite bright. Blend the bucktail carefully between your fingers. I took as long white bucktail as I could find because I want a larger fly this time. On the other colors, I pulled out most of the longest fibers to only add more color closer to the front.
Tied on the hook is shall look something like this.
Ripple Ice Fiber has quite long fibers. For this 12 cm long fly I had to use the full length out of the material.
Only a few strands will be very visible in the water. I don’t want the jiggyfly to be too thick and bulky. It should move very quickly up and down the water column.
Added a pair of grizzly feathers and it looks much more appealing.
For attaching the head I use gel superglue. I put it to the side and let it harden for quite some time before I fill the remaining opening in the skull with UV glue to add sustainability and extra weight.
Under the UV light you can see the fluorescent bucktail pop out
This is a follow-up on one of last year’s most popular articles Jiggy Fly