The New Flee

Small, simple but very good for sea trout

An oldie pattern from GFF

By Martin Joergensen

 The Flee has gone through a developement. The old version was a bit tedious to tie - especially when you compare to this one.
This one is just a dubbed body with a shell back and a rib which makes it very easy and fast to tie. It has also grown a bit to become a fatter bite - hopefully more tempting for a fish.

The color of the fly can be varied endlessly. See three examples.

Hook 12-8, nymph/emerger type, scud type or curved streamer.
Thread To match color of fly
Body Colored or natural rabbit body or hare's mask dubbing, brown, olive or tan
Rib Thin silver tinsel
Back Scud-Back, precut in 3 mm (1/8") strips
Head Tying thread
Four Flees

  • Tie in the shell material and the ribbing at a point fairly low on the hook bend
  • Dub the body to a fat tapered shape with a mix of underfur and guard hairs
  • Brush each side of the fly downwards with a stiff brush holding a finger on the opposite side to guide the hairs that are picked out
  • Pull shell material tight over the body, tie down and cut surplus
  • Rib the fly in 7-8 fairly close turns to illudate body segments
  • Tie down ribbing under hook
  • Finish the head and varnish the head.

User comments
From: Cass  Link
Submitted September 8th 2006

I love the picture of these flees so now i know what the look like unless my dog has flees

From: peter j. balabuk · petemanbala·at·  Link
Submitted July 24th 2006

works great with fine red,green and blue wire ribbing, sizes 14 and 16.

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