Jerry French Signature Flies

Jerry French is well recognized amongst the steelhead spey community. When speaking of Skagit-style casting systems and tying of intruder type flies, Jerry and his friends Ed Ward and Scott Howell are at the forefront of modern Northwest fly fishing for steelhead. These flies are engineered to fish. Utilizing Jerry’s innovative techniques of composite loops and modern materials, we have tied a fly that the master himself will fish.

Ultra Mini-Intruder

New

Jerry’s newest intruder design utilizing the Ultra Rig. The Ultra Rig is a new system to rig shank flies with a trailing hook. The Ultra Rig is made with 50 pound Spider Wire, Ultra Tubing and a size 2 AquaTalon hook. This rigging system eliminates the use of wire as a trailing loop. The Ultra Rig system allows the angler to change out the hook without damaging the fly or the trailing loop. The only commercially tied fly with this rigging system.  In addition to the rigging system, this intruder is tied using an Aqua Flies Shank, Aqua Flies Intruder Eyes and the Aqua Flies Fake Jungle Cock (available September 2019).

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Trout Flies

New

Jerry has spent many seasons guiding in Alaska. It is during this time that he honed his trout fishing skills.  The Alaskan trout are big, hungry meat eaters and are not shy about eating big flies. Jerry has designed his trout flies to lure the largest trout in the river. The WMD Sculpin is rigged with a size 4 AquaTalon hook.

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Ultra Squid

The Ultra Squid is a pattern that encompasses many features that are enticing to a steelhead. Materials that breath. A natural silhouette. Barred and speckled just like a natural living creature. Unique to the Ultra Squid is the rigging. Using 50 pound Spider Wire threaded through tubing and hitched to an AquaTalon hook. The combination of the two makes it possible to position the hook up or down by simply rotating the tubing. The rigging is the best of both worlds and better than any wire or braid alone . The hook is fixed in the ideal location in the fly to maximize ideal hook up with excellent flexibility and no bending or breakage like wire. The hook can easily be replaced by pushing the tubing up the hook bend enough to release the girth hitch. The Ultra-Rig allows the angler to replace the hook without damaging the trailer loop. The only fly tied commercially with such a unique rigging. 

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Jerry’s Intruder

The birth of the Intruder was in the Pacific Northwest. It has gone through many evolutions and surely it will continue to evolve, but Jerry’s Intruder as it is tied today is a fish catcher. Tied using composite loops, UV materials and a Gamakatsu trailer hook, confidence is high when using this fly. Jerry’s Intruder is approximately 3″ long. Single Station Intruder is about 2″ in length.

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Dirty Hoh

New Size

The Dirty Hoh is a cross between an Intruder and a String Leech. It has a rabbit strip to get leech-like movements and a shoulder in the front tied like an Intruder to give the fly a large profile. Three sizes: Mini is 3″ (new for 2017/18), Steelhead size is 3.5″ and Chinook size is 4″.

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Summer Sculpin

Just like Jerry’s steelhead flies, his trout flies utilize tying techniques to build a durable fly and a fly that has a profile that will not collapse in heavy water. This Summer Sculpin has an overall length of 3.5″. Meat-eating trout are going to attack this fly.

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Waker Maker

Tied using closed cell foam, this dry will make a disturbance on the water, but will not become waterlogged.

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Engineered to Fish