Published Dec 5. 2009


Small orange fly for for garfish

Chillimps flyChillimps or Jydsk Chillimps is actually a classical Danish stream sea trout fly. My prime use of it though, is for garfish,. Used in small sizes (#12-16), it's quite deadly, and the garfish will willingly go for the fly, that hooks the hard billed fish very efficiently because of it''s small size.
Hook 12-16 down eye streamer
Thread Red or black
Tail Orange hackle fiber or small hackle tips, 2/3 of hook length
Body Orange dubbing
Rib Thin oval gold tinsel
Hackle One orange palmer hackle and one slightly larger orange front hackle
Head Tying thread
The garfish seems generally happy with any small orange fly. My friend Henning from the Bananaflies fishes them with a hook dubbed with orange SLF and a back of white antron. I did some experiments last year, using a hook wound over with some orange yarn. Highly effective and durable. But the Chillimps looks so much better.


Chilimps is not a Danish fly as was suggested in a comment on this page, or fly for garfish. It´s a Swedish fly which was created by the great fisherman Rolf Vilhelmsson, after a late night at the Walhalla Inn by the river Mörrum in Sweden. This happened in the beginning of the 1940´s, witnessed by famous fishermen as Olle Törnblom and Sven Halman, of whch the former improved the fly later.
The name refers to the colour of a shrimp, which also gave name to the fly. But, perhaps under the influence of some whisky, the name was alterd to the pidginenglish version chillimpi. The day after this Vilhelmsson caught a 20 pounder in the river, noted it in the fishing journal,unfortunately with the last lettter barely seen. That´s why it´s called Chilimps today.
Erik Erlandson-Hammargren

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It's not really fair you call it a "streamer" hook, because what I use is a standard or long shank wet fly hook. A hook such as the Partridge Captain Hamilton Nymph YH1A is excellent. It's available down to size 18 and fine for this fly and many others.


What brand and model hook are you using for this? It's hard to find streamer hooks smaller the #12.

Thanks Martin. In this year i will try FF for garfish in Baltic Sea :)

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Trying a quick Google search might help you.


HI Could You send me some picture with this fly ? pfkatoja(at) Thanks in advance ! :)

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