Do you have a down-and-dirty technique that you use when nothing else is working? You know, the kind of fly or strategy that you would never start off with because it doesn’t seem as “kosher” in the fly-fishing world.
In this video, Joe Rotter from Red’s Fly Shop shows just how effective his “I’m not proud of it” strategy is. After he has fished a run with dries and traditional nymphs, he ties on a . . . gasp! . . . streamer tied on a jig hook. And just like that, he hooks a beautiful rainbow trout. I have fished Egg-Sucking Leeches tied on jig hooks, and I can attest that the jig action sometimes draws strikes when standard stripping or dead-drifting fails.
If you want to know how to tie the Jawbreaker fly he’s using, check out this video. Tim Flagler has also demonstrated the steps for tying a jig-style Pat’s Rubberlegs, which is also a trout-catcher. So the next time you’re dying for a strike, and your friends are around the bend, try one of these jig-style patterns. It just might save the day.