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Dan Blanton's Darting Jig Hook Sea Habit Fly?

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I read with interest Dan Blanton's fly tying article this month in Fly Fishing in Saltwaters magazine called the Darting Jig Hook Sea Habit. I've used a few jig hooks for tying with good results but the keel weighting is new to me. Would love to get the darting action without feeling like I'm trying to throw a mirrolure with a fly line. Anyone have any tips, comments, etc??

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Highstrung,

 

Keel weighting has been around for some time. I like using the hareline tungston nymph weights to keel weight my flies. They work really well and tied on either a j-hook or 60* bend jig hook will impart a darting action into the fly. The key is to add the weight about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way back onto the shank. American Angler magazine July/August issue has an entire piece dedicated to keel weighting.

 

HC

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He is on the westcoast and was an Editor for Angler Magazine which was almost exclusively westcoast. Angler magazine came out in the early 1970's, I believe 1974 and out of all of the fishing magazines I have ever seen it had the best photography. Dan was famous for his chain drift method flyfishing for stripers in the San Francisco Bay from a skiff. He also invented the "whistler fly" which was a bucktail fly palmered with large saddle hackles at the eye. I believe that he still guides up in the San Joaquin Delta but I am not sure. Harry Bode was also a contributing editor to the magazine. Winch and the Bode family are friends as far as I know ;)

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