Published Mar 3. 2012 - 4 years ago

Pinky Pain

Bright, colorful and visible. A perfect fly for slow fish in cold or murky water

Pinky Pain - A bright and beautiful, classical hair wing streamer. See materials and full pattern description.
Pinky Pain
Martin Joergensen

Henrik Leth is an institution in Danish coastal fly-fishing and has been very active in the community for as long as I remember. He has of course originated several seatrout patterns, but the Pinky Pain surfaces ever so often when the talk falls on his flies.

This pattern

is mentioned in Thomas Vinge's excellent books on Danish seatrout flies, but Henrik also mentions it several times on his own Danish web page. The fly has changed a bit over the years, and Henrik's current version has a hot glue body where the original had a tinsel body. The body color also varies a bit from smooth silver tinsel to gold braid - and the hot glue version, which has some sparkle mixed into the glue.

The name

does actually make sense when you hear Henrik's story from its maiden voyage. On this particularly windy day, the bright fly wound up penetrating his nose!

There's nothing

new about the basic fly, which is a bright, hair winged streamer, but it has proven its worth during many years in the Danish ocean.

On this particularly windy day, the bright fly wound up penetrating his nose!

Pinky Pain
Pattern type: 
Cold saltwater fly
Henrik Leth
Stainless streamer hook, straight eye size 6 or 4
Black 8/0
Silver braid, silver flash straws or embossed tinsel
False hackle
Clear or pearl Crystal flash
Pink Arrctic fox topped with smooth, pink flash straws
Tying thread

Tying instructions

Martin Joergensen
Martin Joergensen
Bright and murky - In water like this I\'d usually grab a Bloody Butcher. This season I might reach for a Pinky Pain in stead
Mud no problem - Water like this can easily hold good seatrout, and all you need is a bright and visible fly
Cristmas fish - No, not caught at Christmas but with a pink Christmas tree, Pink works well in dirty water
Fish on! - This fish took a pink Christmas Tree. It could quite as well have been a Pinky Pain
Mud, murky water, fish!
Martin Joergensen - Henning Eskol - Ripley Davenport
Pink - The Pinky Pain certainly is pink
A pink fly
Martin Joergensen


Martin Joergensen's picture


This pattern is from long time before there were any UV resins available, and it wasn't an option. There was basically epoxy and hot glue, and hot glue isn't bad to work with, sets quickly and doesn't sag nearly as much as epoxy. And you can get sticks with color and/or flash in them.

I used resin for this one and I'm sure Henrik does the same nowadays.


I'm keen to know why he went over to hot glue for the body. Tying a couple for yourself is fine but hot glue isn't the easiest to use and dry without sagging. Did the UV resin prove to be too fragile?

This is a great steelhead fly,I fish northeast ohio for steelhead,This is the top color for steelhead here,Thanks for showing this fly.

Think this one gonna work at icelandic sea-charr :)

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