To jungle cock or not to jungle cock

To jungle cock or not to jungle cock

Viking Lars | Saturday, 11 February 2017

It's a discussion as old as the salmon fly, I suppose - whether or not to put jungle cock eyes on the fly. There are two standpoint in general: Those who think they make a real difference, and those who (primarily) think they look nice on the fly.

I'm certainly (well, mostly) in the second camp. I really think they look good on the fly, and of course one's more likely to believe in a good looking fly. I do think that, somtimes, they can make a difference, although I haven't got the experience of 1500 salmon to back anything up.

That I do think they can make a difference comes from my very first experience with salmon on the fly. I had been invited to a small salmon river in Southern Norway by a friend. We fished a short stretch that was partly tree overgrown. Only roll casts were possible in the tree grown section and a 10m roll cast covered app. half of the river. But I clearly remember as the fly passed patches of light coming through the foliage. I couldn't see the fly, but the jungle cock showed up *very* clearly and there's no doubt a salmon would see them even clearer.

But despite the above experience, I really don't care these days and very rarely use them - not least because all I have are what's left on two capes that was passed onto me by a colleague, whose father had left them for him. I think they're from the 70ies, so they're also very dry and brittle.

One important factor is that the jungle cock, the bird that is, is a protected species. And I know that you can get certified jungle cock, but people who know what they're talking about say that it's really impossible to breed a bird and sell the cape for 50 quid and make a profit, so there's apparantly a lot of illegal jungle cock capes in the trade. All of the above really means that I've never wanted to put jungle cock eyes on all my flies. Until now, that is.

Because a fellow Dane, Morten Bundgaard, who runs Pro SportFisher, has released his Generation 3 Jungle Cock. And that's artificial jungle cock! His first ones were nice and looked pretty much the part - good enough that I used them a lot. They were printed on a waterproof paper that was very strong, but white. Didn't *really* matter, but I always ended up tinting the back with a waterproof marker, and that was fine. Then came his Generation 2 which were not jungle cock imitations, but "eyes" and they were and are really cool as they come in all sorts of colours.

But now Morten's Gen 3 are on the market, and they really do look the part. They're now printed on black (well, dark grey mottled-ish) paper and they look fantatic and very much like the real thing. And they're infinitely stronger, tie in really well and come in sizes from XS to L and can cover ALL sizes of salmon flies. Now - for the first time, I want to put jungle cock on *all* my salmon flies :-).

If you haven't check them out at your local Pro SportFisher dealer, and if you haven't got one, Pro SportFisher usually answer quistios quite fast on their Facebook-page. In the picture you see the new Gen 3 on top, and Gen 2 below.

Have a greay day!

Lars