The Smoke Jumper has been around for awhile, and it’s quite popular on the Bighorn River in Montana. It was originally tied by Mike Hoiness of Yellowstone Fly Goods in Billings as a midge emerger, but it’s now tied in many sizes and colors to mimic a variety of mayflies and caddisflies, as well.
In this great video from Tightline Productions, author and blogger Matt Grobert walks you through the steps for creating this simple, but effective pattern. He even reveals some of his “peacock herl black magic” tricks when he demonstrates the proper way to wrap the thorax.
Hook: 2X-short emerger hook (here, a Dai-Riki #125), size 16.
Thread: Bright red, 6/0.
Rib: Silver wire, small.
Wing/wingcase: Dark Natural CDC Puff.
Thorax: Peacock herl.
Head: Tying thread.
Tools: Hackle gauge.