Published Jun 1. 1996 - 19 years ago

The Jassid

The headline contains some truth in the sense: When trout/graylings eat tiny surface-food, they only nead to open their mouth to a narrow slot and sip the fly in. If one presents them with a fly with a broad hackle - then they can’t suck it in through their narrow mouth.

Jassid hooks
Jassid

The headline contains some truth in the sense: When trout/graylings eat tiny surface-food, they only nead to open their mouth to a narrow slot and sip the fly in. If one presents them with a fly with a broad hackle - then they can't suck it in through their narrow mouth.
Vince Marinaro in his book "A modern Dry-Fly Code", 1950 showed how he solved the problem.
For his famous 'Jassid' he uses:

HookModel Perfect, regular size 16.
HacklesTwo short-fibred black cock-hackles wound as a palmer up over the shank, and then cut on top and bottom, so that the fibres only point out to the sides.
WingAn eye-feather from a Jungle Cock tied down, so it covers the shank.

Jassid
Jassid
Jassid
Jassid
Jassid

It floats perfect in the surface, and by this imitates the small, black insects caught in the surface.

© Preben Torp Jacobsen. 'Flyleaves', 1996.

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