"This fly pattern has the best action of all of Kelly's big fish flies," says Ray Schmidt.
(The Olive/White Swimming Jimmy is displayed.)
Kelly Galloup on the Swimmin' Jimmy
Andy Sobota created this fly while trying to improve on the T&A Rainbow pattern. Andy's dad was an avid bass tournament angler and fished a lot of mid-level body baits like the Zara Spook. Andy wanted something that would ride just below the surface and then pop back to the surface like an injured minnow. This fly does it. We have caught almost every gamefish in North America with the Swimmin’ Jimmy, including carp. This may be the granddaddy of all trigger flies when fished properly. Like the Banjo Minnow, "They don't want to eat it; they have to eat it." The guys at Schmidt Outfitters in Wellston, Michigan, have recently been swinging the Swimmin’ Jimmy for king salmon and making the big fish go crazy.
- REAR HOOK:
- #6 2X short scud or egg hook.
- Two palmered white marabou feathers and one olive feather tied in as a clump on the far side of the hook.
- FRONT HOOK:
- #1/0 bass bug (Tiemco 8089 (silver)), Mustad C52S, or equivalent). Bend the hook inward/downward at a 30-degree angle about midway along the shank.
- 17-pound American wire or .015” nylon monofilament, looped through rear hook eye, tied onto the bend of the front hook so it angles downward at about 30 degrees. Three red glass beads over the wire connection loop.
- Pearl holographic Flashabou tied as a tail on the front hook. FRONT BODY: Two or three white marabou plumes (palmered) and one olive marabou plume tied in on the far side of the hook shank. These materials should be tied in forward of the 30-degree bend.
- SIDE STRIPES:
- (Top and bottom of the hook shank) shellfish pink marabou.
- Olive and white deer hair stacked on the near and far sides of the hook shank. Clip the hair flat on the bottom and rounded on top for the best swimming action. The hook protrudes from the side of the fly, not the bottom, which causes the erratic swimming motion. Smallmouth love the Swimmin’ Jimmy as much as trout do.