Don's Fly Tying - the Jimmy Lake Fly

[the Jimmy Lake Fly]

I was recently driving through Falkland on my way to meet my long time hunting partner, Ben Hanson, for a late season deer hunt in the vicinity of his home at Magna Bay, BC. The price of diesel fuel happened to be a few cents cheaper than in the larger Okanagan centers so I stopped to fill my truck up. While paying my bill in the store, I noticed a board of hand tied flies behind the counter. I recognized all but one which was called the Jimmy Lake fly, named after a local lake still well known for producing very large rainbow trout. My interest immediately soared so I asked the clerk about the fly, who originated it and how well it worked, especially on Jimmy Lake. She couldn't tell me who the original tier was but she did assure me that it did indeed produce very well on those big Jimmy Lake rainbows! Well, that was enough for me so I carefully noted its construction and tried tying a few when I got home a few days later. Although I haven't as yet tested this fly, I can assure you that when the ice is clear on Jimmy Lake this coming May, I will be there to try it out!



I like to strip apart a piece of green phentax to use as material for a dubbing loop but green wool can also be used. In either approach, wind the body material from hook bend to hook eye slightly thicker than that of most wet flies. Here is where the dubbing loop shines as the required thickness can be attained in only a few turns. Next, select a blue pheasant rump feather and depending on your dexterity, wind it twice around the shank just behind the hook eye. As you cinch down on the hackle with your tying thread, ensure that the fibres are forced back and under the hook shank in a fairly even manner. That is all there is to this fly, tie off, cement and you have finished the Jimmy Lake wet fly!

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