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Baitfish day

Hook: Allen SW001 #4
Thread: Benecchi White
Body: Hareline Select Craft Fur white/black/olive, flash, anglehair
Eyes: 6mm 3d, Bug Bond cover

My new saltwater box needed some baitfish and I found a box of Allen SW001 that is quite short and have a nice open bend that I like in this pattern. When tying these long hairy baitfish you can use a range of material: bucktail, fox, templedog or craft fur as I have done here. This is a really quick pattern to tie up, and most of it is actually spent curing the bugbond!

The primary colors I fish with is green and black, but I have some blue, yellow and red that I will give a go later on. The eyes are attached with superglue and then some layers with bugbond around to form the eye, they are still a bit tacky, so I want to try out some other UV resin soon to see how they behave.

As you can see in this picture I tie these really slim, but the movement this gets when you pull it quickly in have triggered the most of the seatrout I have landed, so I never go out without a couple of these in my box

Pheasant Tail Gold Head Allen F-007 #12
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tail: Pheasant Tail
Body: Pheasant Tail
Thorax: Hareline Hare’s Ear Plus Chocolate Brown
Wing Case: Pheasant Tail
Legs: Mallard Flank
Bead: 3.0mm Tungsten Gold

Tying up some slightly longer and slimmer PT nymphs than I have tied up before. The legs on the side is a good visual clue and the gold head should get this down, but will make a version with lead in the thorax as well to make some even heavier.


Black Ghost Marabou color variations Allen S401 #6
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tail: Marabou in different color variations
Body: Black Floss, UNI-Mylar #10
Wing: White Marabou
Throat: Marabou in different color variations

I follow on, and the other day a list of black ghost marabou in different color variations came up, so: I had to tie up some variations on this one to see how it is put together. The marabou should give a lot of movement in the water and the silver ribbed body can’t go wrong. Looking forward to test this in a river across a pool late at night.

Yellow variant: variant: together on some cork I have practiced gluing together for my rod project


Pheasant Tail Allen S402BL #12
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Brown
Body: Pheasant Tail, UTC Wire gold
Thorax: Spikey dubbing, Lead, spikey dubbing, Pheasant tail
Bead: Tungsten Bead 3.0mm

My order of tungsten beads from came in over christmas, I have only had gold/silver/black beads before so this time I ordered in some additional colors to see how they turn out.  The pheasant tail is very easy to tie up and is one of those patterns you should have available if you target trout. It is also a pattern you can vary a lot: this one is weighted with lead in addition to the tungsten bead, but you can make it slim, light, fat, long, small and vary in the dubbing for the thorax (as I have done on these): keep some different variations with you on the river.

Silver: Pink: Orange: White: picture: packages from flysite:








Yellow Mayfly Allen D103BL #12
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Yellow
Tail: Golden Pheasant
Body: UNI-Floss Br.Yellow, UTC Ultra Wire Silver
Wing: Two Mallard Flank feathers
Hackle: Whiting Bronze

For my first fishingtrip to northern Norway I bought a big, bright, yellow Mayfly that, when I got it in my mailbox, was so big I would never think it would actually fish (this was in my first year as a flyfisher). Yesterday I was going through some boxes and found it again: I did fish it, and I did get fish on it, but I had forgotten about it.

This pattern has the big mallard flank wings that can easily spin when throwing, but for shorter casts and in the right hatch this fly will be great to have available!

Two things with this attempt:

  1. the flosswork in front of the tail – you can see the thread
  2. the wings should have had a better split to see that there are indeed two mallard feathers tied in versions with different tails: