The Grey Fred
Published Dec 2nd 2008
A classical and very universal fly tied in the Wooly Worm tradition with a twist
The fly was originally tied by Danish Peter Loevendahl, who makes his flies to almost industrial strength on large hooks with lots of superglue to secure everything. He sometimes ribs the fly with flash twisted to a thread and continues the flash into the head and the eye of the hook. The fly has been widely adapted by Danish coastal anglers as well as our Scandinavian brothers and anglers visiting from Germany, The Netherlands and the rest of Europe.
This version is a little more subtle and quite durable with its copper rib, but otherwise very true to the original. We have featured the fly before, but this is the first time we show in detail how to tie it.
The fly is very universal imitation of any small, bright fish, and can even stand in as a shrimp. It is of course tied in the very well known Wooly Worm tradition, but still differs from this mainly with it's eyes and large dubbed head. You can vary the fly in color and get almost any nuance you want. Brown and black are a staple colors in many boxes, but orange can also work well. But the far majority of Grey Fred's are brightly grey like the fly shown here.
I have tied huge Grey Fred's which have fished for tarpon, and I am sure that this fly will be able to catch almost anything that swims and has scales with little or no modification.
The Grey Fred
|Type||Cold saltwater fly|
Sea trout (sea run)
|Hook||Saltwater streamer hook, #6-2|
|Thread||Dark grey or black|
|Eyes||Bead Chain eyes|
|Weight||Lead free wire|
|Tail||A few fibers of crystal flash and two grizzly Chickabou feathers|
|Body||Dubbed grizzly marabou|
|Head||Dubbed grizzly marabou|
See images below
The flies in the pictures are tied by Ken Bonde Larsen.
There's a Black Frede and an ancient article on the Grey Fred to be found on GFF too.