The Bjarke

Another Woolly Bugger variation

An oldie pattern from GFF

By Martin Joergensen

Bjarke is a fly that I primarily designed to make use of these very webby feathers that always seem to be left over on the necks and saddles, when all the 'good' feathers are used. I also wanted to enhance the Magnus for imitation and visibility. It turned out to be a very catching fly, and today I would guess that it's responsible for almost 75% of my fish. See the fly in color in the Fly Gallery.

Hook 2-10, straight streamer hook. Best is of course stainless hooks for salt water resistance
Thread Tan (or olive)
Tail Tip of hackle feather and a few (app. 4) clear flashabou straws
Body Natural and olive rabbit dubbing (Or tan and olive of almost any kind)
Hackle Very webby B/W grizzle feather, broad at base (1½ times hook gape or more), Palmer style
Eyes bead chain eyes
Head Color of thread

  1. Tie in the flash and tip of the hackle as described under the Magnus
  2. Dub the body to a tapered shape. Back two thirds is natural/tan front third can be olive.
  3. Dub a bit of red crystal dubbing on the front part of the body. Leave almost two eye widths for bead chain eyes.
  4. Tie in a pair of bead chain eyes under the hook shank just behind the hook eye
  5. Turn the hackle in close turns. Make shure that the webby base of the feather is used right behind the eyes.
  6. Tie down the hackle behind and under the eyes.
  7. Form head over the eyes, whip finish and varnish.

The olive front part makes a nice looking fly, but I've left it out the later years in order to tie the fly a bit faster. The hackle has to be quite dense. Look at the picture on the top of this page.

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