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Ok, so I maybe fish a streamer more than most, I admit it. Once I figured it out it became simply second nature, almost to a fault. There are times I’m fishing a streamer when I should really be fishing nymphs, something to work on. The evolution of angler should never stop, it is through constant evaluation and re-evaluation that we excel. I write this two Ranger IPA’s down and looking forward to tossing flies at trout tomorrow. Ironic that I think about my streamer “crutch” as I write the introduction to something I’ve been mulling over about for a couple months or so, something more natural, with more…boogie. The Jungle Boogie, with less flash, a simple yet effective profile and tons of motion it is my Sculpin pattern. Sure, it needs extensive field testing and this coming season will allow for that, but for now I am confident that it will see trout. Browns, brookies, and yes…stocker rainbows will see this pattern in the coming months. Then after a couple adjustments and the development of a couple more color options this will become a staple in my arsenal. This fly, named after the movement that the jointed sections provide, tied on two #12 Dia-Riki 135 Scud hooks and linked by a simple length of backing, moves. I like the lack of flash, it will have it’s days when the trout turn down the flashy SMB for something more… realistic. Weight will need a bit of tweaking, as of now it’s roll casting close to 40ft accurately, I’d like to get 50 out of it. I’d also like to mention that [singlepic id=3204 w=340 h=260 float=right]the dubbed portion of this fly is made possible by the groovy dubbing courtesy of Singlebarbed.com, the Free Range. Natural in color with just enough flash to freak me out, this stuff rocks and that’s the only reason why I keep plugging it. Get into it, trust me, you’ll never go back. With that… the only fly that I know of that has a theme song…the Jungle Boogie. Kool and the Gang, 1974…get down, get down…Jungle Boogie. Here I come trout…

Note: This is Not a Woolly Bugger.

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  1. That is one “ugly” streamer. I mean that in a good way. Hog Johnson trout love to eat big, meaty streamers. That will do the trick. Love the mousiness of it. Looking forward to reading how it fishes and evolves this season

    avatar Meat Chucker
  2. Excellent design! I’ve been messing with different sculpin pattern designs lately too. My biggest problem so far has been getting them all stuck on the bottom. It’s that strange deal where it needs to be down there but has to be as weedless as possible. It has eluded me so far, but this JB is looking like money!

    avatar Ross
  3. Nice blog! I love it. I was born and raised in Pickwick, MN and my family still lives there.


    When I visit I fish the stream and recall my childhood. A rank amateur fly fishermen I flail away at the water and marvel at the insane beauty of SE MN.

    I am going to link your site to my blog. In fact I am coming down to the Pickwick this week for the Frozen River Film Fest and to try my luck at Winter fishing (first time). It would be fun to meet for a beer at some point.

    Keep up the great blog. It truly shows the treasure that is SE MN and that is really cool.

  4. Nice fly. Nice Ranger. Nice backhands.

    BTW, when I troll streamers in the trout lake here in town, I tie on a stinger hook, hidden in the tail of buggers/leeches. Most trout are caught on the stinger hook. I like the concept of getting those non-committal, light-biters.

  5. Thanks Guys, we’ll see how the season treats this pattern. I have a good feeling about it though.

    Hansi, I don’t live far from Pickwick, I’m busy this weekend but you should shoot me an email when your thinking of heading this way. winonaflyfactory@gmail.com

    Wendy, been contemplating adding stinger hooks to a handful of patterns to have on hand for those light biters. Then I question…if they wont readily take a streamer should I be fishing a nymph instead rather than fight it with a stinger hook?

  6. A very cool sculpin take! Back in the early 70’s as a young teen I used to fish an irrigation canal from our Boise River. Not with a fly rod then, fly fishing to me back then was a dry fly thing, kids. In the winter absolutely huge trout that did not perish the draw down in the fall were concentrated in 3 pools of water table influence. Only kids seemed to know of this. We found fish in the numbers of bison long ago, and kept what we caught, but we never seemed to reduce the number of fish. EVERY trout over 15″ (rainbows then) had a sculpin in it’s gullet. If only I knew then what I know now. Your fly would have done well, but these places were tiny and crystal clear and fished best when muddied somehow.


    avatar Gregg Martin
  7. Great take on evolution of fly selection. I have a streamer problem too. Baby steps. The JB would undoubtedly make a killer smallie fly. Say, is that a DoubleHaul IPA in the background? Someone in Missoula likes you:) Keep up the good work.

    avatar Ben
    1. Ben, that is a Double-Haul on the bench. Was a christmas present from a good friend. It’s still full and will be that way for a VERY long time. Thanks for the comment, I’ll maybe consider tossing the JB at a couple smallies when the summer comes, for now it will kiss trout lips. Take care.

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