MFC Unveils New Jig-head Fly Tying Options

Motana Fly Company has introduced an expanded line of jig hooks, jig beads and jig head flies.

Read more in the press release below.

MFC unveils dozens of NEW jig-head fly tying options
From MFC:

Just in time for fall and winter fly tying season, MFC introduces an expanded line of jig hooks, jig beads and jig head flies by top designers.

The fly tyer who has it all just got re-inspired. Montana Fly Company has expanded its jig head offering with a large family of jig beads, jig hooks and jig-head flies. Starting immediately, MFC is shipping:

    • TUNGSTEN JIG BEADS, LUCENT
    • four sizes (mm): 3.8, 3.3, 2.8, 2.4
    • blood red, purple, orange, rainbow, hot pink
    • MSRP: $7.00/25pc
    • TUNGSTEN JIG BEADS
    • four sizes (mm) 3.8, 3.3, 2.7, 2.4
    • black nickel, chartreuse, copper, gold, hot orange, hot pink, silver
    • MSRP: $7.00/25pc
    • BARBLESS BLACK NICKEL JIG HOOKS
    • four sizes 10, 12, 14, 16
    • available in 25 and 100 packs
    • 60 deg, 2x heavy
    • MSRP $3 per 25pk; $10 per 100pk

MFC is also launching more than a dozen new tungsten jig-head fly patterns, like Keller’s Peach Fuzz below, in pink.

Keller’s Peach Fuzz

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Big Flies for (Really) Big Fish

When I came back from Guyana and showed friends and family photos of some of the fish we caught, the first question was often, “What kind of fly do you use to catch something like that!?”

Arapaima are the largest scaled freshwater fish in the world, but when you fly fish for them, they are just like any other predator. Your strategy is to use your creativity to make a fly that imitates the prevalent food sources. In the Rupununi wetlands near Rewa, Guyana, that means flies that imitate red-bellied piranha and small peacock bass.

The method is the same as with tying any large-profile baitfish pattern. You stack the EP Fibers on the top and bottom of the hook shank to create a fly that has a large profile when viewed from the side, but it’s narrow when viewed from top and bottom. This imitates the shape of many baitfish species, and is crucial to making a “large” fly you can actually cast.

The key to a good arapaima fly, says Oliver White, is the Owner Aki 8/0 hook. Getting these fish to eat the fly isn’t all that difficult, but sticking that hook into something solid is. White has caught more (and probably also lost more) of these fish on a fly rod than any other person alive, and he’s very particular about the hook. If you’re flying halfway across the world to catch the biggest fish of your life, it’s a good idea to pay attention to these small details that will make a big difference in your success.

For more info on arapaima fishing in Guyana, see my story “1 Guy with a Fly Rod” in the Oct-Dec 2017 issue of FLY FISHERMAN or watch the film by Outside TV we shot on location in March 2017. The fly-tying short you see here is an out-take from that shoot.

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World’s Top 13 Pike Flies

Pike live in a green chiaroscuro. Their own green coloration adds to the effect while hiding them perfectly. Pike, therefore, are accustomed to seeing things swim too close. Dangerously close.

Pike live and grow large by this philosophy: The less energy spent, the better. When things casually feed dangerously close to pike, the better they like it. Dead baits work best in spring, before the water hits 50°F. The next best thing, late spring until ice-up, is a fly. Suspending suckers under a bobber are the next best thing, yet pale in comparison. Suckers know when pike are dangerously close, and they react accordingly.

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