Information & Video Instruction to Tie Jig Nymphs from The Blue Angler in Evergreen, CO
Fly fishing with jig nymphs has been around for a while, but it’s only recently that we’ve seen a surge in their popularity. While fishing with dry flies has long been the go-to for anglers of all experience and skill levels, there are times when the fish just don’t seem hungry for your midge. While it can be exciting to hook up with a dry fly, trout and most other fish feed underwater roughly 80% of the time. This is where a good jig nymph comes in. Check out these videos to get an idea of how to tie some popular jig nymphs, and don’t be afraid to branch out with a bit of your own creativity.
What are Some Advantages to Fly Fishing with Jig Nymphs?
As a wet fly, or one that sinks below the water, the jig nymph gets down where fish more commonly choose to feed. Jig nymphs are generally recognized as having come from the world of competitive fishing where they provide key advantages that can make a big difference. Perhaps one of the most important benefits is that these wet flies usually ride with the hook point up allowing the jig nymph to avoid snagging and fouling. In most cases, this means more time fishing and less time rigging which is why jig flies are a staple of competition fishing where time with the line in the water is most important. What’s more, the jig hook without a barb is more likely to hook up with the end of a fish’s snout allowing you to better control the fish once on. More advanced anglers may consider using a jig nymph with a tuck cast downstream of larger rocks where fish are known to hang out. You may also consider using a jig nymph as a point fly. That means using the heavier jig nymph to get a second fly down. The jig nymph can catch the attention of the fish, if they don’t take it, they will be tempted with a second and perhaps more realistic fly. As you become familiar with the jig nymph, come give it a try on a guided Colorado fly fishing trip on the renowned waters of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with us at The Blue Quill Angler.