Published Apr 24th 2012

The Djihad is a bright fly with a shiny body, silver combined with black and red. Just my kind of fly



This very politically inappropriately named fly was designed by Danish fly-fisher and photographer Steen Larsen. While I don't agree with Steen in many of his ideas about coastal fishing, I have to admit that this particular fly is very appealing to my eyes. It's been around for years and years, but I never tied or fished it before. With its combination of silver, red and black I imagine that it can become a lighter dressed stand-in for my beloved Bloody Butchers.

The basic pattern falls somewhere in the group of Ullsok, Omoe Brush, Irish Shrimp-tradition flies.It even uses some colors that I love: silver, black and red and materials that I love, in particular the red Golden Pheasant feathers. The large black front hackles on my Djihads come from my own roosters, which I used to have in my garden when I lived in a house.

I have tied my Djihads fairly large, and I think they will be excellent flies for rough water.

Rough water

I have tied my Djihads fairly large, and I think they will be excellent flies for rough water.

TypeCold saltwater fly
Steen Larsen
A little difficult
Target species
Sea trout (sea run)

HookStinger size 4 or 2
ThreadBlack 8/0
TailRed GP feather and a couple of pearl flash straws
Rear bodyFlat silver tinsel
Rear dubbingRed or orange wool
Rear hackleRed GP feather
Front bodyFlat silver tinsel
Front dubbing ballBlack wool
Front hackleLarge black rooster
HeadTying thread

1 - start the thread - Start the thread in the front of the hook and select a red GP feather for the tail
1 - start the thread
2 - prepare tail - Remove the fluffy barbs from the tail
2 - prepare tail
3 - tie in tail - Start tying in the tail behind the hook eye and cover the stem all the way to the hook bend
3 - tie in tail
4 - tail done - The tail should wind up about shank length
4 - tail done
5 - flash - Tie in a few folded straws on top of the tail
5 - flash
6 - fold back flash - Fold the flash back and tie down
6 - fold back flash
7 - tail done - Clip open the tail flash and take the thread to the center of the hook shank
7 - tail done
8 - prepare tinsel - Cut the tinsel to a triangle
8 - prepare tinsel
9 - tie in tinsel - Tis the tinsel in in the middle of the hook shank, silver side down
9 - tie in tinsel
10 - wrap tinsel - Wrap the tinsel to the rear of the hook shank. When you start wrapping, the tinsel turns over to show the silver side
10 - wrap tinsel
11 - wrap tinsel back - Turn and wrap the tinsel back to the center of the hook shank
11 - wrap tinsel back
12 - tie down tinsel - Tie the tinsel down mid-shank
12 - tie down tinsel
13 - trim tinsel, prepare hackle - Select a long fibered red GP feather
13 - trim tinsel, prepare hackle
14 - strip fluff - Remove the fluffy part at the base, leaving only bright red barbs
14 - strip fluff
15 - red dubbing - Put a mall bit of red dubbing on the thread
15 - red dubbing
16 - dubbing done - Make a small ball of dubbing to support the feather
16 - dubbing done
17 - tie in hackle - Tie in the red GP feather in front of the dubbing
17 - tie in hackle
18 - wrap hackle - Wrap the hackle in 2-3 touching turns and take the thread forwards
18 - wrap hackle
19 - tinsel - Tie in the tinsel in front, leaving space for a hackle and a head
19 - tinsel
20 - wrap tinsel - Wrap the tinsel back to the hackle and back again and tie it down
20 - wrap tinsel
21 - cut tinsel, bub thread - Put a small amount of black dubbing on the thread
21 - cut tinsel, bub thread
22 - dubbing ball - Build up a small ball of dubbing behind the hook eye leaving space for the hackle and a small head
22 - dubbing ball
23 - hackle - Select a large, black hackle
23 - hackle
24 - strip fluffy part - Remove the fluffiest barbs from the stem
24 - strip fluffy part
25 - tie in hackle - Tie in the hackle in front of the dubbing, curved side forward
25 - tie in hackle
26 - wrap hackle - Wrap the black hackle in 2-3 touching turns
26 - wrap hackle
27 - tie down hackle - Tie down the hackle and trim surplus. Don\\\'t worry about a few stray barbs. We\\\'\\\'ll catch them in the next step
27 - tie down hackle
28 - head - Pull back the hackle and form a small head
28 - head
29 - whip finish - Whip finish over the head and trim thread
29 - whip finish
30 - varnish - Varnish the head and the Djihad all done and ready to fish
30 - varnish

Seatrout flies for 2012
These are the patterns that I will introduce in my boxes for the 2012 season

User comments
From: Marcus - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted February 23rd 2015

It's an amazing Fly i'll catchend 90% of my Fish's with it last Autum..
I Tyed some a little bit smaler but now i only use the Bigger ones.
Thx for this SbS

From: jan - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted April 24th 2012


a really cool looking fly. Thanks. I'll tie some soon.


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