Fishing Flies: The Blackus Biggisus

Sometimes it takes only a glance to know a fly is a killer pattern. So it is with the Blackus Biggisus, a nymph tied originally by John Fennick and later modified by Jeff Phelan of Westbrookville, New York. “‘John would fish the Blackus Biggisus as a single fly, casting it across and downstream,’ Phelan said. ‘Then he’d just jerk the rod and jig the fly. I always fish it pretty much the same way but cast it upstream and across and let it sink. I always weight my Biggisus heavier than John did,’ Phelan said.” On

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