Step-By-Step: Tying The Black Flash Jig

With the winter fast approaching, and with the grayling season now running at full steam ahead, I’m going to be posting a number of fly tying step-by-steps over the next few weeks. Focusing on a series of dries, emergers, and nymphs to imitate winter invertebrates, we’ll also be looking at a range of artificials which specifically target these ‘Ladies of the Stream’.

This first step-by-step below focuses on the Black Flash nymph tied on a jig hook, and is a great pattern to be fished on the point; the jig hook allowing the fly to fish vertically, keeping the hook point away from the river bed in an effort to further prevent snagging. Due to it’s dark colour, the pattern also lends itself well to fishing in slightly coloured waters and, thanks to the inclusion of Krystal Flash, this is a pattern which any self-respecting grayling would be loathe to refuse.

Happy nymphing!

The Black Flash Jig – Simple and highly effective
The Black Flash Jig - Simple and highly effective

Hook: Hanak Competition Jig, size #14
Bead-Head: 3mm Slotted Tungsten, plain
Thread: Sheer Ultrafine 14/0, black
Rib: Silver wire, fine
Abdomen: Beaver, black
Back & Tail: Hends Krystal Flash (folded three times)
Thorax: Beaver, black

Tying The Black Flash

1. Hanak Competition jig hook and a 3mm plain tungsten bead
1. Hanak Competition jig hook and a 3mm plain tungsten bead

2. Enter the thread and form a slim tapered body
2. Enter the thread and form a slim tapered body

3. Tie-in a silver rib by inserting the wire into the slotted bead and by running the thread down towards the bend of the hook
3. Tie-in a silver rib by inserting the wire into the slotted bead and by running the thread down towards the bend of the hook

4. Working from the hook bend up, dub a slim, tapered abdomen of beaver, leaving enough room for the thorax to come shortly
4. Working from the hook bend up, dub a slim, tapered abdomen of beaver, leaving enough room for the thorax to come shortly

5. At the thoracic area, take one strand of Krystal Flash, fold three times, and tie in
5. At the thoraxic area, take one strand of Krystal Flash, fold three times, and tie in

6. Secure the Krsytal Flash at the bend of the hook and counter-rib with the silver wire back up towards the hook eye
6. Secure the Krsytal Flash at the bend of the hook and counter-rib with the silver wire back up towards the hook eye

7. For the thorax, split the thread and insert a small pinch of beaver dubbing
7. For the thorax, split the thread and insert a small pinch of beaver dubbing

8. After dubbing a neat thorax, whip finish, and trim the Krystal Flash to length. Hey presto!
8. Dub a neat thorax, whip finish, and trim the Krystal Flash to length. Hey presto!

The results…
An Irfon Lady

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