Published Apr 18th 2012
Brenda - Brenda's Mother - Brenda's Sister
My attraction to the Brenda lies first and foremost in its color. Rainbow and yellow Golden Pheasant! What's not to like?
The original Brenda was tied by Danish fly angler and tyer Ove Monrad and incorporates a brass bead to give it some weight. We rarely see brass beads on coastal flies, but personally I find that flies with heavy beads and cones do very well on the coast, and the added weight in the front results in a very sexy, jigging motion in the water when the fly is retrieved in small strips. You find the same principle and motion in flies such as Raoul Kempkes's Perfect Woolly Bugger not to mention the renown Jiggy.
There's a variation called Brenda's Mother. Larger, longer and unweighted, using yellow golden pheasant feathers for the hackles, but it's essentially the same pattern. My personal favorite is the weighted version, but I will most likely tie the smaller, weighted flies using GP feathers. Brenda's Sister, maybe?
I will most likely tie the smaller, weighted flies using GP feathers. Brenda's Sister, maybe?
The fly is said to have been inspired by Ken Bonde Larsen's Omoe Brush, and while I can see the resemblance in the row of hackles, I still find this a distinctly different fly and one that certainly exists in its ow right. Oddly enough I used to tie an Omoe Brush using light dubbing and yellow GP feathers many years ago - not unlike a dull Brenda without a bead. It's been years since I tied and fished this fly, but I still remember catching a few seatrout on it. I only have a small, B/W image of this fly.
|Type||Cold saltwater fly|
|Target species||Sea trout (sea run)|
|Hook||Partridge Sea Streamer CS11 #6 or other suitable salt water resistant straight eye hook|
|Thread||Yellow, tan or red 8/0|
|Bead||4 mm brass bead|
|Tail||Tan rooster hackle fibers plus some flash|
|Hackles||Four tan rooster hackles - two smaller, two larger|
|Body||Flash dubbing, yellowish rainbow colored|
Seatrout flies for 2012
These are the patterns that I will introduce in my boxes for the 2012 season
- Djihad. Published April 24th 2012
- PK Mysis Variant. Published April 23rd 2012
- Mini Pig. Published April 22nd 2012
- Rolled Muddler. Published April 21st 2012
- Frida. Published April 20th 2012
- Pinky Pain. Published April 19th 2012
- Brenda. Published April 18th 2012
- Seatrout flies for 2012. Published April 18th 2012