A tube variation of the fly The Undertaker - The Overtaker - Small, black and sexy... and no, it's not lingerie - Global FlyFisher

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The Overtaker

Published Nov 8th 2008

Small, black and sexy... and no, it's not lingerie

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A couple of Overtakers

The Overtaker of course owes a lot to the Undertaker - a classical black fly with a green and red or orange butt. In this version, the universal small black fly has donned its tube clothing, and has become a universal small black tube fly, here dressed by Danish tube fly tier Ken Bonde Larsen.

Small black flies are a must in any salmon anglers box. They can be useful in almost any type of water under almost any type of conditions. If the water is very muddy or dark, they may not be as visble as larger, shinier and more colorful flies. But they may very well work there too.

This fly shows that tube flies need not be large flies. The Overtaker on a tube compares to a fly tied on a size 6 or 4 hook, and is a fairly small and compact fly. Again we have used a metal cone in the front, which will make the fly dive sexily towards the bottom when allowed and keep it horizontal when working in the current. You can omit the metal cone or substitute it for a plastic ditto if so inclined.

The Overtaker
TypeTube fly
Ken Bonde Larsen
Year of origin
Target species
Atlantic salmon (sea run)
Steelhead (sea run)

TubeHalf inch black tube with inner tube (FITS)
1st buttOrange tying thread 3/0
2nd buttBright green tying thread 3/0
Tying threadBlack
BodyPeacock colored flash dubbing
1st wing sectionBlack Arctic fox
Wing flashPeacock colored Angle Hair
2nd wing sectionBlack Arctic fox
Front hackleBlack hen
ConeOrange cone or dish

Tying instructions
See the images below

User comments
From: David Shaw · davidshaw13·at·hotmail.co.uk  Link
Submitted September 27th 2011

Iam looking forward to tying some of these flies as the Overtaker really looks the part, Iam a big fan of the FITS extra small turbo disc as it gives small tubed salmon flies a fantatic finish and they fish beautifully.A soft haclkle behind these little discs is a must.

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted March 11th 2009


If you click on the picture you will be able to clearly see what's going on. So no, we're not going to use a white board. Maybe a background, which is slightly less confusing than this one, but not a plain, white board. That is simply too boring! ;-)


From: les cook · cooksofansdell·at·aol.com  Link
Submitted March 10th 2009

background doesnot help try a white sight board

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