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The classic Magnus


A great Danish fly for sea trout


An oldie pattern from GFF

By Martin Joergensen

Notice that this description has been replaced by a newer and updated one.

I recently became aware of the origin of one of the true classics on the Danish coast - the Magnus. It was originally tied by magnus Ting Mortensen of the island Funen here in Denmark. And it was tied slightly different from my modern version of the fly. More than 20 years ago the pattern was described as listed below. You can also see the fly in color in the Fly Gallery.
Hook 4-10, straight eye streamer
Thread Tan
Tail Two tips of grizzly hackle feathers
Body Grey hare's dubbing
Body hackle Grizzly cocks hackle
Rib Oval silver tinsel
Front hackle Grizzly cocks hackle
Eyes bead chain
Head Thread and eyes varnished red
  1. Tie in the tips of two hackle feathers as a tail. Length is plus/minus half of hook length
  2. Tie in ribbing material
  3. Dub the body sparsely to one eye width behind hook eye
  4. Tie in a cocks hackle, butt end
  5. Wind the hackle to the back end of the hook
  6. Wind the ribbing the opposite way to hold the hackle
  7. Tie down the rib and cut surplus
  8. Tie in one more hackle, tip en first
  9. Wind hackle as a wet fly hackle and tie off
  10. Tie in a pair of bead chain eyes or pearls on top of the hook shank
  11. Whip finish and varnish eyes and head with red varnish



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