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     Pink Jag
          A John Glaspy Fly
Pink Jag

Name Pink Jag
Category Pacific Salmon
Hook Any sturdy, heavy wire salmon hook, size as desired
WeightAs desired
TailThree hot pink marabou feathers, with a few strands of krystal flash on each side
BodySilver UV Polar Chenille, wound with care not to trap any fibers
CollarHot pink saddle hackle or schlappen
Tying TipsI like to put a layer of glue or clear nail polish on the body right before winding on the chenille. This makes the winding a little trickier (you have to keep all fibers from getting bound down OR in the glue), but with practice it can be done. The glue takes the place of the wire ribbing I usually use on palmered flies; when tied this way, the Jag is extremely durable.

Substitute chartreuse, or orange for the pink to create green and orange Jags to round out your arsenal. You can also add an egg head or put lead dumbbell eyes on it to increase its "jigging" action.

Pink Jag was designed and tied by Contributing Fly Tyer, John Glaspy, using an exciting new material. See his notes about this fly below. You can see more of his flies for Pacific Salmon at The Flies of John Glaspy.

John's Notes: Once in a great while you come across a new material that solves a problem you've long pondered and instantly changes the rules of your fly tying game. That happened to me when I came across Hareline's UV Polar Chenille. This chenille has very long extending fibers of silver, pearl, gold or copper tinsel with a blue UV hue given off by the cord and the fibers. Its only a little tricky to palmer this chenille on a fly body without trapping any fibers to create a fly that has the appearance of being heavily hackled with a Spey-quality feather of endless length made out of highly reflective metal. It was easy to use this material to develop a series of flies I call Jags, in pink, chartreuse and orange, which are very durable, easy to tie, inexpensive, and combine the qualities two proven Alaskan salmon flies, the Flash Fly and my favorite Pixie, with the long fiber, fish attracting action of the Spey fly.

Jags can be tied with an egg-head made out of chenille or epoxy to create an "egg-sucking" Jag, or with dumbbell eyes to make them jig up and down on the bottom or swim hook-up to decrease snagging of fish or bottom. The only drawback to the Jag that I have found is that this fly is so reflective and colorful that it is difficult to photograph without glare, especially when the silver color is utilized. This year, I am going to tie some with gold and copper bodies and a purple collar and tail to try when the fish are skittish or when the day is dark.

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