Tips for Fly Fishing Jigs

Tips for Fly Fishing JigsFly fishing is a fun form of fishing, bringing you straight into the water with the fish you are trying to catch. Although you can use live bait for fly fishing, many anglers prefer artificial flies and jigs. These are designed to utilize the moving current to make itself look more lifelike. There are steps you can take to improve your use of these jigs and make them last longer.

Keep Lines Separate

Pull your line and jig out of the water if a fishing companion has a fish on their line. Not only is it common courtesy, but it avoids the risk of lines crossing, getting cut, and losing not only a fish, but your jig as well.

 
 

Keep Jigs Close, Dry

Hook your jigs onto a fly fishing hat or vest, making them accessible when you are in the water and out of the water. You should dry off your jigs after use to slow rusting and deterioration.

Mimic Water Creatures

The jigs you use should impersonate wildlife found in the waters you fish. Using a prawn-styled jig in a stream where prawns do not live will not be successful because fish will not recognize the jig as prey. You should research and educate yourself on the kinds of food available to and popular among the fish you are trying to catch and use the appropriate jigs.

Size Matters

Know the size, or typical size, of the fish you are trying to catch. Using a jig that's too large will reduce the fish available to catch. If in doubt, use a smaller jig, but if you are going after mantle-worthy catches, go big.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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