Published Apr 20th 2012

Frida is the little sister of the beloved Grey Frede, and that alone is a recommendation



Frida is the little sister of Frede - the renown Grey Frede, which is one of my all time favorite flies, and certainly one of the patterns that I have caught most fish on. Like the Frede, Frida comes from the vice of Danish fly tyer and fly angler Peter Loevendahl. There's a lot of variations of this fly once you start digging into it, but I take my lead from Danish Thomas Vinges fantastic books on Danish seatrout patterns "Havĝrred pċ kysten I & II" (Seatrout on the Coast I & II), due out in German this year as it is. Fabulous books! Highly recommended.

Frida is tied with the same basic materials as the Frede and does have a resemblance to this fly, but is much lighter dressed and does have that narrow waist that your best friend's younger sister is supposed to have.
The Frida is a small and compact, yet shiny fly meant for seatrout, but definitely useful for other species too - panfish in small sizes, bonefish in larger. If you look at the shape of the fly, it's pretty close to the Bonefish Bitters, and tied on larger, stainless hooks I don't doubt that it would do very fine as a bonefish fly.
Frida does have that narrow waist that your best friend's younger sister is supposed to have

There are color variations of this fly - as there is of its big brother - but I prefer a grey one, tied with grizzly Chickabou and grizzly hackle. The original is tied in a combination of brown and olive.

TypeCold saltwater fly
Peter Loevendahl
Target species
Sea trout (sea run)

HookPartridge CS45 #2-4 (I used a stinger style hook #12)
ThreadBlack 8/0
EyesBead chain, black or chrome 3/32 inch or 2.5 mm
Tail10-12 straws of pearl flash
Rear body/rib4-6 straws of smooth pearl flash
HackleGrizzly, dry fly quality
HeadGrizzly marabou/Chickabou dubbing

1 - start the thread - Start the thread in the front of the hook
1 - start the thread
2 - eyes - Let the bead chain eyes stay on the chain until the first wraps have secured them
2 - eyes
3 - secure eyes - Take a couple of wraps over the eyes to secure them
3 - secure eyes
4 - cut - Cut the pair free from the chain with a pair of small diagonal cutting pliers
4 - cut
5 - eyes attached - The eyes are now in place and just needs some wraps to sit tight
5 - eyes attached
6 - eyes on - With a number of diagonal wraps and a few under and over the eyes and the hook shank, the eyes should be firmly attached
6 - eyes on
7 - tail - Tie in 10-15 straws of pearl flash along the full hook shank for the tail
7 - tail
8 - trim - Trim the tail to about shank length
8 - trim
9 - flash - Tie in a small bunch of flat flash straws for the body and wrap the thread forwards to behind the eyes
9 - flash
10 - body - Wrap the flash in several layers to form a rear body
10 - body
11 - tie down - Tie down the flash leaving a bit of space behind the eyes
11 - tie down
12 - rib - Cut all but two of the flash straws and take the two back and away from the eyes
12 - rib
13 - hackle - Tie in a hackle feather curved side out
13 - hackle
14 - dubbing - Prepare a bunch of grizzly marabou dubbing. Simpy cut off the fluffy barbs at the base of grizzly hackle
14 - dubbing
15 - dub the thread - Apply the dubbing to the thread forming a dense noodle
15 - dub the thread
16 - dub - Wrap the dubbed thread forwards over the head, criss-cross between the eyes and a couple of wraps in front of the eyes
16 - dub

17 - hackle - Wrap the hackle in 3-4 close turns over the rear part of the body
17 - hackle
18 - rib - Secure the hackle with the flash rib and take this forward to the hook eye and several times aroung the hook shank right behind the eye
18 - rib
19 - tie down - Tie down the flash and trim surplus
19 - tie down


Alternative tying method
I find the original method of catching the hackle with the ribbing a little cumbersome, and I have my doubt the the ribbing will last, so I tie my Fridas with a different, easier and more durable method. After having finished the rear body I cut all surplus flash and tie in the hackle. I wind this forward in 2-3 close wraps, tie down and trim. Then I dub the front body over the eyes. This protects the hackle and saves you having to wind the rib through the it and over the head and the eyes. If you want flash in the front as on the original, you simply tie in some flash, twist it with the tying thread and form a head of the flash/thread combo. Make a small whip finish, cut the thread an varnish and you're done.

Clear, calm

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

User comments
From: Piker20 · ccsffs2013·at·  Link
Submitted February 9th 2014

I like the look of this pattern but not sure I can justify adding more flashy bait fish types to my box. It looks like a great pattern in small sizes for dawn and dusk fishing.

From: james - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted July 6th 2012

very well done. I will use this site for my students

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