Saturday, October 12, 2013
Must a Jingler be tied with a red cock hackle? An old Trout & Salmon Magazine article sent to me by a friend last year had the spelling of the pattern as Gingler, suggesting that perhaps yes, the whole foundation of this deadly fly is its rear hackle of gingery red. Strange then that the naturals of the early season Large Dark Olives which it so devastatingly imitates, show not even the slightest hint of these colours in neither body nor wing; yet the effectiveness of the pattern cannot be questioned.
Personally, I have a hunch that the forward partridge hackle might be the trigger which elevates this fly from mundane to spectacular, rather than the hue of the leggy cock hackle behind......and I've never been the greatest 'colour theorist' when it comes to river dries anyway. The examples above should go some way to testing my hypothesis: tied with a more 'appropriate' brown dun hackle, it will be interesting to see how they fare on next spring's trout. If they prove the equal of the original then it will certainly seem that the pattern's profile, attitude and nice speckly appendages are the main triggers. And if it fails to match up, then......well I'll have some head scratching to do, and a slice of humble pie to scoff.
Must a Jingler be tied with a red cock hackle? We shall see. In the meantime, it looks as though I've tied myself a few Dunglers!