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J Fair's Wiggle Tail, Olive
J Fair's Wiggle Tail, Olive
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Notes: Designed by Jay Fair of Eagle Lake, CA. in the early 1980's. Jay had designed an earlier pattern known as the Wiggle Nymph in 1978 which had a chenille "woolly worm" body and a short 5/8 inch Marabou tail. As he was developing a mylar chenille, known as Shuck, he used that material for the body and elongated the tail to 1.5 inches. Dyed Grizzly feathers with some webbiness work best for the palmered hackle since the webbiness flows the hackle fibers back over the body. National recognition of this pattern was published in Fly Fisher Magazine in 1983 and 1988. The fly is categorized as a swimming nymph. It is a very effective attractor for trout, bass, and crappie due to the action of the marabou tail and palmered body. It can be jigged or stripped and works best in stillwater situations. The primary colorations that Jay uses is Olive, Dark Olive, Burnt Orange, and Rust. He also uses Black for leeches and White for baitfish. The pattern makes for a very effective Damsel Nymph pattern. Use a Count and Retrieve technique with medium sized pulls and 3-4 second pauses between retrievals.

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J Fair's Wiggle Tail, Rust
J Fair's Wiggle Tail, Rust
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J Fair's Wiggle Tail, Orange
J Fair's Wiggle Tail, Orange
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J Fair's Wiggle Tail, Brown
J Fair's Wiggle Tail, Brown
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J Fair's Wiggle Tail, Peacock
J Fair's Wiggle Tail, Brown
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