Tie the National Defense Ribbon popper with SGT Joe Jackson (VIDEO)

On Thursday July 2, 2020 Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing veteran ambassador and professional fly tier SGT Joe Jackson, U.S. Army (ret) of Sgt Bassfisher broadcast a virtual fly tying class live on the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Facebook Page.

He tied a“National Defense Ribbon popper” – watch the full video below and tie along at home! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hook- 2/0 Partridge Universal Predator X 
  • Tail- red, white saltwater hackle, blue flash, blue ostrich hurl.
  • Body- red,white,blue and yellow deerhair.
  • Tools- packer, razor, deerhair scissors 

Joe Jackson was raised in a small town in southern Indiana. A love of fishing, hunting and wildlife was instilled in Joe at a young age. During his 14 years enlisted in the U.S. Army he deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. He found Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing a year after being honorably discharged and his curiosity in fly fishing and tying bloomed into a love and obsession. He started tying in November 2015, placed second in Project Healing Waters National Fly Tying Contest in 2017. Joe received the Everett Drake Fly Tying Award in 2018. Joe ties flies for all warm, cold and salt water species with a focus on Deerhair flies. His realistic art flies like the hummingbird, pheasant, Grinch, Baby Yoda, kingfisher and others have been sent across the globe. Joe currently lives with his wife and 4 children, all of whom share his love of fly fishing/tying. He believes the most important thing anyone in this industry can do is to get kids out on the water and behind a vise.

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