One of my blog visitors, Gary Fraser, from Nova Scotia, penned this e-mail to me last August:
“The reason I am e-mailing you is to thank you for the work you put into your blog. I am an avid trout fly fisherman and chase what is left of our salmon around Nova Scotia and New Brunswick some. I will be fishing Cape Breton a lot this fall from our camp and while going through your site looking at your wet flies some caught my attention more than others. The salmon runs here in the fall love big orange flies (in my opinion) and one of your wet trout flies sparked so much interest as I am tying filling boxes for 4 weeks of fishing that I have tied many the last few days. It’s the Silver Jungle fly, and I can not wait to fish it for brookies but also I liked the pattern so much I have also bastardized it into some patterns I would bet a paycheck on will fish well this fall. I have unbelievable luck fishing Muddlers here and in saying that I have come up with something I cannot wait to pass by our fall salmon. I hope you will not be offended by these 2 flies but more flattered as I am actually quite excited about them.
I hope you enjoy them; and if I am fortunate enough to have them in the mouth of our beloved Salmo salar and brookies this fall; I will send along some photos as well.”
Silver Jungle Streamer – version by Gary Fraser
Hook: L87-3665A Mustad 7x long streamer limerick
Thread: Uni 3/0 orange
Tail: Orange Krystalflash
Rib: Oval Silver
Body: Rear ½ flat silver tinsel, front ½ orange floss
Hackle: Grizzly hen tied palmer over front half of body
Wing: White Polar Bear (lacking polar bear hair, gray fox could be substituted – Don B.)
Cheeks: Jungle cock eyes
The streamer itself raised a few fish for a friend of mine this fall when we fished Cape Breton’s late salmon run but the water levels were almost non-existent the week we were there. Orange is my go to color for fall salmon here so I have no problem placing faith in this fly for sure. A variation of this fly is the “Silver Jungle Muddler.” (Same fly with orange deer hair head, 6/0 Uni-thread used to spin the hair). I think it will fish amazing here as well and April 1 when our season opens I will be trolling these 2 with high anticipation during our early high water fishing. I have several friends I have shared this with and they all feel it will be a productive fly but we will give it more testing in 2012.
The pattern on my blog that inspired Gary is the Silver Jungle wet fly, as the pattern appears in Trout by Ray Bergman. Thank you Gary for your creative version of the Silver Jungle!