Everything You Need to Know About the Smokejumper Fly
It may have a been a secret a decade ago, but the Smokejumper Midge Dry Fly is now known as one of the top patterns to fool trout selectively feeding on midge, or emerging insects such as mayflies or caddis as well. It’s a simple fly that is easy to fish and can be fished above and just below the waters surface. Let’s dive into why the fly is so popular and why it deserves a spot in your fly box.
Why is it so Popular?
One of the main reasons is its versatility. It can be fished in a variety of water conditions and can mimic a wide range of aquatic insects that trout feed on. Additionally, the Smokejumper Fly has a reputation for consistently catching picky trout from tailwaters, making it a go-to pattern for many anglers. If it will fool a college-educated tailwater trout, it will fool a lot of others as well!
What does the Smokejumper Pattern Imitate?
The Smokejumper imitates adult midges primarily, but can also imitate other small emerging and adult insects like a mayfly or caddis. Midge hatches occur throughout the year and can be particularly important during the winter, early spring and late fall months when other insect activity is low. The Smokejumper Fly is tied to resemble an adult midge that has recently hatched and is floating on the water’s surface.
Why is the Smokejumper Fly so good at catching trout?
First, it’s a realistic imitation of a common food source for trout. Second, the cdc parachute post on the fly helps it float on the water’s surface while the bod of the fly sits just below, making it easy to see for both the angler and the fish. Finally, the Smokejumper Fly has a slim profile, making it easier to fool selective trout.
Tips on Fishing this Fly
When fishing the Smokejumper Midge Dry Fly, it’s essential to focus on accuracy and presentation. Cast the fly upstream and let it drift down to the fish. Use a slow, steady motion to create a drag-free drift, and be ready to set the hook as soon as you see the fish eat. You can also let it sink just below the surface and trout will view it as an emerger and eat the fly this way too.
The History of the Smokejumper Midge Dry Fly
The Smokejumper was developed by Montana fly fishing guide but I was unable to get a clear answer as to whether Craig Mathews or Mike Hoiness was the originator. Regardless, since its creation, the Smokejumper Fly has become a popular dry fly pattern for fly fishermen across the United States.
Which Colors and Sizes are Best?
The best colors and sizes for this fly can vary based on the particular midge hatch and the time of year. In general, however, black, olive and red bodies seem to work best. Sizes 18-22 are commonly used, but sizes as small as 24 may be necessary for particularly picky fish.
If you’re looking to add the Smokejumper Fly to your fly box, consider stocking up on a few black and olive patterns in sizes 18-22. The Catch and The Hatch offers a wide selection of Smokejumper Fly patterns to suit your fishing needs. With their realistic design and proven effectiveness, the Smokejumper Fly is a must-have pattern for any serious fly fisherman’s arsenal.
Smokejumper Fly for Sale
The Smokejumper is one of those secret flies guides have been using for years to catch their clients big fish. Big trout will often feed on small dry flies right next to the bank and a well placed cast and drift with the Smokejumper fly is the recipe for success and a fish of a lifetime. It’s often difficult to imitate midges and other small insects as adults, but the smokejumper is a perfect pattern to do just that. It catches fish on all kinds of rivers and is that secret fly you’ll hide from your friends as long as you can just so you can outfish them every time you go out on the river.
This proven pattern is available in groups of 6 or in our sampler pack sizes which splits the quantity of flies into equal groups. It’s an excellent option for those looking to have variety in their fly patterns and the flexibility to fish lots of rivers.
Buy the Smokejumper Fly
The Smokejumper is for sale in a variety of sizes. Add them to your cart today in groups of 6 or by adding a 6 with 3 different sizes (2 of each size) to add variety to your fly box and help you catch more fish on a variety of rivers. Our proven patterns are custom tied to each and every order to make sure the highest quality of fishing flies are delivered to your door.
- Flies are available in groups of 6
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