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How to Tie the Smoke Jumper

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  Tightline Productions

Matt Grobert starts to tie the Smoke Jumper emerger by mashing the barb and getting a size 16 Dai-Riki #125 emerger hook firmly secured in his tying vise.  For thread, he’s chosen a bright red 6/0 Danville.

The Smoke Jumper is a phenomenally versatile pattern and can be tied over a wide range of sizes and colors. You can even substitute materials for the abdomen and thorax if you like.

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  • Dave Kumlien

    Great looking fly pattern! Does it float in the surface film? Do you dress it? Thanks!

    • Tightline

      The fly is designed to float in the film with the abdomen hanging down below. CDC can often be dried out with some aggressive false casting, an Amadou patch also works well for removing moisture. Gel and liquid floatant are kind of a no no with CDC but a light brushing of a desiccant like Frog’s Fanny can help to restore floatability.

  • Fred Rickson

    Well, this fly was brought to Sheridan Lake, B.C. (Canada) by a fellow from Seattle in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Brian Chan would remember, I suspect, although he only knew about fat, fuzzy BC-type Chironomids at the time. It was called out between boats as an emerging midge with (fill in the body color here). Some folks would put a bead head on it and let it sink slowly. Never did hear “Smoke Jumper” used.