Published Nov 21. 2008 - 15 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 27. 2023


A jigging fly for almost any predatory fish originated by Bob Popvics. After a trip to Danish island Bornholm in 2007 Kasper Mühlbach wanted to tie and try this successful pattern and ordered a special color. But someone else came first and bought his custom dyed bucktail.

Jiggy fish -
The Jiggy where it belongs
Martin Joergensen

Bornholm 2007. The conditions are perfect. The weather shows its nicest side and I am on the ferry with my friend Jens on our way to the Danish island Bornholm to meet Martin, Ken, Henning and Jorgen. It is the annual fishing week for our small group. The fantastic four have been on the island for three days - with no fish to show for it.

That is what they say and what they send us in their text messages.

It cannot be true. Not in this water. Not under this sun at this time of the year.

They must be kidding. When we arrive they will tell us the true stories. There will be slide shows that should never have been showed giving us visual evidence that they have had a great three days. And for dinner tonight? Fresh trout with crispy salad, of course.

But the truth is sad. The fishing has been a disaster so far. Henning is the only one who has had a take - for three days in the peak of the season!
Sadly it's still not a record. Some guys I know, have been fishing for a week without the slightest contact. In the end they actually didn't want to have a take as it would ruin the mystery of that week.

We set up our gear and eagerly enter the water - well, some more eagerly than others. After a few casts a kilo-fish grabs my Grey Fred and jumps immediately. Of course there are fish! It is all about skills…

The fish comes off quickly after the jump. That will be my only take for the next three days.

Thinking back. What did we do wrong or what didn't we do right? We experimented with the flies. We found the fish. We saw them hunt for sand eels. We cast sand eel imitations at them - even the Epoxy Miracle, which was my most productive fly 2007, did not tempt these strange fish.

Orange/White Jiggy -
Natural color -
Martin Joergensen - Henning Eskol

Two Norwegian guys were fishing from float tubes some 100 meters from the shore. Their rods bent so we prepared an ambush. We found a car with an "N" on the license plate in the parking lot and stalked it.

The Norwegian

By coincidence Henning went for a walk along the beach as they paddled in. A streamer with a cone head, white and orange bucktail was the medicine, they said. A Jiggy. Shown in Bob Popovics' excellent book "Popfleyes". Martin quickly shot a spy photo of the sample fly in a window sill.

Upon return from the dreaded trip, I wanted to tie some of these killers. I did not like the color combination but wanted a more natural version. I could not find the right olive color tone anywhere so I had one dyed specifically for me. For some reason I was in a hurry and did not pick it up as agreed with the shop owner.

Another fly tier entered the very same shop to pick up some hooks and some flash. He was astonished by this perfectly colored bucktail behind the desk. The owner mentioned something about a Dane, living in Sweden and not to be relied on (who me!?).
The tier said that he knew about that guy, and now that he was here he would like to buy the bucktail and the deal would be done anyway - with a different buyer of course.

Some weeks later I logged on to our internal report site saw that it was my good friend Ken who had bought my bucktail and tied my Jiggy.

It is a poisonous fly and should be in many fly boxes if you fish for large predatory fish no matter if it is in cold or warm water.

Pattern type: 
Cold saltwater fly
Bob Popovics
Stainless streamer, size 6-2, bent to shape
Tying thread
Thin mono
Silver to fit the hook
White, olive and black bucktail with a few straws of flash
Stick on
Skill level/difficulty: 
See the images for the tying sequence

The flies are tied by Ken Bonde Larsen.

Prepare the hook. It's a good idea to make several hooks ready at once before tying the flies. And after having tied the fly and added the eyes, set the fly aside, tie some more and epoxy a bunch at a time.

Prep 1 - bend the hook

Prep 2 - cone head base

Prep 3 - varnish

Prep 4 - weight

Prep 5 - place wire

Prep 6 - secure

After having prepared the hook, you are ready to tie the fly itself.

Step 1 - start thread

Step 2 - white bucktail

Step 3 - tie in

Step 4 - white done

Step 5 - flash

Step 6 - olive bucktail

Step 7 - olive done

Step 8 - black bucktail

Step 9 - wing done

Step 10 - whip finish

Step 11 - trim

Step 12 - red thread

Step 13 - whip finish

Step 14 - one eye

Step 15 - second eye

When the fly is done, it's ready for epoxy. Set it aside and epoxy several flies at a time. It's easier and is far more economic with the epoxy.

Step 16 - ready for epoxy

Step 17 - epoxy

Step 18 - smooth epoxy

Step 19 - curing - Let the epoxy cure in a rotator. This yields a smooth and even surface
Last step - curing
Martin Joergensen
Large but light - In spite of their size and the cone, the Jiggies are light flies, which are easy to cast
Olive Jiggy - A naturally colored Jiggy, well suited to imitate a sand eel
Slim and sparse - Do not overdo the Jiggy. The sparse wing will look fine and give the fly a natural, soft motion in the water
Dense head, long wing. The Jiggy
Martin Joergensen


My favorite patterns...

My favorite patterns are a green/white and a Micky Finn (red/yellow) pattern but also pink/white is great in the winter and early spring. They have quite a few sea trouts on their conscience. A great fly on the danish coast and it will always be in my flybox.
I first saw the fly in the DVD "Salt sea trout on a fly" (i think) but was introduced to the fly by a friend in Norway during summer hollyday, where we went on an early morning trip to a small fjord. I didn't catch any trouts that morning, but a few garfish couldn't resist it. Back in Denmark i tied a few of them and they were testet on the danish east coast with succes.
For sure one of my favorites....

fished this fly in N...

fished this fly in Norway for pollack. ( works great in yellow/white). But , fishing in rocky areas , the head comes lose...anybody has a solution to make an even more durable head on this fly ?


Nice Pike Fly easy t...

Nice Pike Fly easy to cast with short leaders and larger lines... One that feels right when you use it in Pike colors... Just seems fishy. Also good for late season big lake Macinaw in the shallows in Western Lakes white with red and black head.... Ever seen a bad Popovic Fly? Me neither...

Hi Kasper, A grea...

Hi Kasper,

A great fly. I tied some for fishing Sea Trout in Norway. This was the only fly that worked. After catching some nice trout I gave one Jiggy to a fishless Dane. Same evening he caught 3 fish one of 2kg.
Instead of Buck Tail I use Craft Fur. Beginning with white, some stands of crystal flash pearl, than a little pink finish with olive. Trying different color schemes I found out that pink makes a difference. No pink, no fish. Maybe only in that sea pool.
In a few weeks I will try them out in Denmark. Maybe they will work just as good.

this fly is easier t...

this fly is easier to tie with an eagle claw bendback hook. I fish for striped bass on the new england coast and have had good success with it. For some reason, pink bucktail is particularly effective. Get Bob Popovic's book - Pop Flyes. It is terrific and will save you a good deal of money in tying your own. Much more satisfying when you catch fish with your own flies? Glad to hear they work on salmon.

Martin Joergensen's picture

Sebastian, The re...


The reel is a LAW-reel, made by British Lawrence Waldron. You can see more about Lawrence and the reel on Hans Weilenmann's page.


I have a question wh...

I have a question what brand is that reel from ?

Jan, the hook use...


the hook used here is a Partridge JS Sea Streamer.


Hi Kasper, nice f...

Hi Kasper,

nice fly with good pics/descriptions - will be in my box soon... Just one question: What is the used hook or the shank length 2x or 3x?


Thank you for sharin...

Thank you for sharing all these great stories and patterns!! Highly appreciated.
I live in Sweden, at the mörrum river in Blekinge, and find that the biggest seatrout take similar flies without a doubt!! Great fun indeed. At first I had a large trout that attacked my 15 cm pike baitfish and after that event my heart never recovered and my troutflybox is full of fish patterns :)

Yet again, thank you very much for this entertaining and learnful writings of yours.
//Robin F

Bad News for Striped Bass....

I have dubbed this fly "The Punisher", due to tbe fact that the schoolie stripers in my area cannot say no to this fly, olive/white for daytime black/purple for nighttime.


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