Yellow Tail Jig - Soft Hackle

Add some Jig to your box with this simple tie

Yellow Tag

It's no secret that jig hooks and slotted beads are rapidly increasing in popularity in the United States. I first was intrigued by the jig style hooks several years back when I started talking with the competitive fishing guys like Lance Egan, Glade Gunther, and Devin Olsen, and the proof is in the pudding - they flat out catch fish.  Not only are they very productive flies, but they tend not to snag so bad as you drag them close to the bottom.  I have been tying and fishing lots of jigs this year, and they all tend to end up having both a soft hackle and a hot spot.  I usually tie the hot spot on the front or back of the fly (or both sides like this one), and I like to add soft hackle like CDC or partridge to them.  There is a wide variety of sizes and colors of slotted beads you can use, and the body of these jig flies can be anything from bare thread, quill, or buggy squirrel dubbing.  Chances are that you can grab a handful of random materials and make them look awesome on one of these simple jig flies!

~ Cheech

P.S. - This fly is just a representation of a color combo that I like.  You should mix and match various different colors to match the bugs in your rivers.

Material List

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Hook: Fulling Mill 35045 Jig Hook - 14     
Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Camel     
Bead: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Black - 1/8" (3.3mm)     
Tail / Ribbing: 3/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - Yellow     
Body: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Hare's Ear     
Hackle: Nature's Spirit Primo Partridge Skin, Natural     
Hotspot 1: Ice Dub - UV Cinnamon     
Hotspot 2: Ice Dub - UV Hot Orange     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool     
Loon Ergo All Purpose Scissors - 4"