The Flee

Small, simple but very good for sea trout

An oldie pattern from GFF

By Martin Joergensen

 This fly was made as an imitation of a very numerous and common group of small crustaceans/isopods, that are present on the menu of sea trout. The animals are very small - a few millimeters - but still the trout will eat them in great numbers. This is especially in the late summer and autumn.

I tie this fly in the colors olive and light brown.

The flee has appeared in a new version too.

Hook 12-8, nymph/emerger type, scud type or curved streamer.
Thread To match color of fly
Body Colored or natural rabbit body or hare's mask dubbing, brown, olive or tan
Hackle Rabbit or hare hair hackle in dubbing loop, palmer style
Rib Thin tinsel, silver or 'holographic'
Back Almost any kind of clear synthetic shell material or olive/brown raffene (Swiss straw)
Antennae (optional) Goose biots or similar. Color to match fly

  • Start by cutting a piece of shell material to a narrow boat shape a bit longer than the hook shank.
  • Tie in the shell material and the ribbing at a point fairly low on the hook bend
  • Make a dubbing loop at the rear of the body and put aside
  • Dub the body to a tapered shape
  • Make a very light hair hackle in the dubbing loop
  • Turn the hackle palmer wise over the body in 4-5 open turns and tie down
  • Pull shell material tight over the body while stroking down 'hackle fibers' as legs
  • Tie down shell material and cut surplus
  • Rib the fly in 7-8 fairly close turns to illudate body segments
  • Tie down ribbing under hook
  • Tie in goose biots on the side of the head. They will be spread a bit by the hook eye.
  • Finish the head and varnish the head and the biots several times.

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