Bullet head Magnus
An oldie pattern from GFF Other Lab flies
By Martin Joergensen
Any fly can be bulleted
Magnus with a small bullet head
Magnus with a large bullet head
The Magnus is a pattern always present in my fly box. I've caught a lot of fish on it, it's simple to tie and surprisingly durable. It's normally tied with ball chain eyes, but after I found a good supplier of bullet shaped bead head, I tried tying some with bullet heads. I like the look of the fly, but the question is: will the fish. I see three problems with this fly: it's heavy, the bullet will tarnish in salt water and... why not use the eyes as always? They work fine. Well, without experiments we never get anywhere, do we?
The Magnus is already a fly of great variation. Look at the Muddler Magnus (26 KB JPEG) and Bjarke.
One of my absolute favourite flies is a bullet head. Look at the Full Metal Jacket Nutria Muddler.