In this week’s great fly-tying how-to video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows you how to tie a winter jig pattern that combines a cool blue abdomen with a hot orange thorax. Tim has found that blue is a great winter color and that orange give the pattern an eggy appeal. As usual, he offers a few tricks to make it even easier to tie. The way he stabilizes the bead with some lead-free round wire is ingenious, as is the way he creates a slim, tight abdomen.
Icy Hot Jig
Hook: Black nickel jig hook (here a Lighting Strike JF2 ), size 16.
Head: Gold tungsten slotted bead, 7/64-inch.
Thread: Fluorescent orange, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Stabilizer: Lead-free round wire, .020.
Tail: White saddle hackle fibers.
Rib: Opalescent Sulky Sliver Metallic thread.
Abdomen: Blue Steelie Ice Dub.
Thorax: Orange Ice Dub.
Hot spot: Orange tying thread.
Adhesive: Head cement or UV-cure resin.
Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers, bodkin, dubbing whirl.