Flyfishing and Tying Jon's Generic


author & 12" redear taken on Generic

Jon's Generic

  • Jon's Generic Introduction
  • What to Expect from this Fly.

  • Materials - Getting Started
  • Dubbing the Generic
  • Finishing the Fly
  • Research & Development
  • Fishing Jon's Generic - Techniques

  • Jon's Fly Vest - Main Directory

  • I'll write a few words about how the pattern came into being.

    About a dozen years ago (1985), I found myself doing a good bit of float tubing on local ponds and sloughs. I felt I needed a smallish nymph to get the attention of crappie and bluegill, so I cranked out the first generic. I tied it in a couple of sizes...12 & 14; some were weighted & I tied those with red heads to make them easy to spot in my flybox.

    I noticed the weighted ones were more productive. I proved this by switching flies when the bite was on to test each under the same conditions. The weight allowed me to control the fly's depth and this in turn gave me the ability to use a variety of retrieves that enhanced the action.

    I began tying all my Generics weighted. I didn't need to mark them anymore, so I stopped using red thread. It took almost no time at all to discover that the bit of red color I used to mark the weighted flies was an unexpected, but necessary element of pattern. I went back to the red tying thread and sure enough, that was the ticket. And that was how the fly developed.

    I've tied the pattern exactly the same way for ten years (25 years 2012)...and in one size, a 12. Nothing else was ever necessary....I know-I know, we are schooled to believe most patterns need to be tied in several sizes, but in this case, it's not necessary. I can't tell you why...but with the Generic, it's just doesn't seem necessary. That said, I have heard some tie Jon's Generic in a #14 which is perfectly fine. Whatever works!

    Depth control, buggy, red head...the fly is effective for these reasons. It also looks (apparently) like a lot of different critters fish might want to eat. Hence the name..."Jon's Generic". I've seen fish in clear water move 7-8 feet to grab the fly. It looks like an easy meal. It also lends itself to a variety of presentations that further increase it's effectiveness. Read the Techniques Page to learn more.

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