Jig flies are much more than a fad. They represent a very effective fishing tool which can undoubtedly put many more fish in your net. We have added several deadly barbless, jig nymph patterns to our 2019 line up just in time for summer.
Let’s check out a fast five of the advantages of barbless jig nymphs, and why all the comp guys are fishing them:
- Jig nymphs ride more horizontal through the water offering a more natural profile
- Jig nymphs generally hook fish in the tip of the lip, giving a solid hook hold, and allows you to more effectively lead the fish when playing them. Big fish like to turn their head and utilise currents when hooked, and this is more easily done when hooked in the corner of the mouth
- The most obvious advantage to me personally is they are less likely to snag up. As a guide, I watch many casts go wayward and many weighted flies get snagged up in the shallows and other places they shouldn’t be
- Bigger / heavier slotted beads can be added to smaller hooks so your little #16’s and 18’s can get deeper, faster
- They also well as a point fly so you stay in contact. Tie in your dropper off a surgeons knot tag so it can swing naturally ahead of the jig
We asked Cory scott on why he rates jig head nymphs, and he came back to us fresh from the world champs in Tassie: “you simply get better hookups”.
It also helps not having barbs when you end up in a situation like this:
So without further ado, here are some of the latest barbless jig nymphs additions to the Manic Fly Collection.
Cold War Caddis
Dirty Jig Olive
GTB Perdigon Olive
STB Perdigon Black
Jig Duracell Brown
Jig JJ Baetis
Jig JJ PMD
Jig Pink Pheasant Tail
Jig STB Hare's Ear