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First published November 30th 1996 - More than 17 years ago
A standard pattern for the Danish coast
An oldie pattern from GFF
Notice that this description has been replaced by a newer and updated one.
Even though one of my sons has the same name, it's not my own pattern. But it sure is a winner.
Magnus is a 'classic' on the Danish coast. This small anonymous fly and its very similar brothers the Frede, Sandshrimp and many others, are probably the most catching flies on the coasts of Denmark. The eyes and the palmer hackle are the prime characteristics of the Magnus, which is mostly used in clear water.
This is a very simple pattern and it can be tied in a minute. It's effective in almost all water and reasonably durable. A rib will reinforce the hackle, but I prefer to change the fly when it's ripped after a number of fish. It actually catches fish even without the hackle.
The Magnus and its siblings can be tied as Bullet Head Flies.