• Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Fishing…, Jitterflies for Sulky, Late Summer Browns

    Posted on January 27th, 2019 admin No comments

    A late summer brown taken on a Jitterfly

    (reposted on 1/27/19 after beingn deleted from archives)

    Jitterflies have been in the  water on the Fish Doctor since early development in 2007 and they have been a major part of my  trout and salmon program ever since.  Yes, they are deadly for kings and cohos, but excel for other species, as well.

    Jitterflies will catch browns any time of the season, including early spring when I’ve seen many come aboard that hit straight Jitterflies trolled with no flasher.  But, it’s in late summer, when Mr. Brown Trout gets sulky as the spawning season approachesthat Jitterflies tolled behind 8” ProChips really come into their own.  From the 1st of August until the end of the brown trout bite, Jitterflies outfish any other fly on the Fish Doctor for browns.

    Sparsely tied Jitterflies in standard patterns create vibration and turbulence that actionizes the mylar on this fly like no other.  The combination of sound and flash produced behind a rotating 8” ProChip enhances the effectiveness of a flasher/fly presentation for late season browns. 

    My rule of thumb for flasher/Jitterfly color  combos is, “If it works for kings, it works for browns.”  In low to moderate light, a stock green Chip with a stock glow green Jitterfly is one of my favorites.  In bright sun with a chop, a stock chartreuse Chip with a Pretty Jane(silver/glitter/green) Jitterfly is deadly on browns.  Other combos work, depending on light intensity, depth, water color, and surface conditions.

    Leader length is basically the same as standard lengths fished for kings, although I use even longer leaders at times.

    If browns are hitting spoons, there is no need to fish anything else, but when they are sulky any time during mid to late summer,  there is always at least one flasher/jitterfly in the water.  Not only does it catch browns on it’s own, it will also rev up the spoon bite.  If there are any kings in shallow with the browns, you could not have a better late summer item in the water.

     

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