Published Apr 5. 2011


Rabbit is good. At least the salmon and sea trout seem to think so.

The PET Blue NJ - A tube fly for salmon and sea trout.
Ready for the river - PET Blue NJ's for a few hours of fishing.
Nils Jorgensen

Black and blue colors are great no matter where you are fishing for salmon or sea trout in rivers. The PET BLUE is just one of several colors of my PET's. They are great in all sizes but my favorite is the one tied on the Pro Micro Tube from Pro Flytyer.

The fly is perfectly balanced with a small Pro Disc or Pro Cone in front, then the hook as weight on the back of the fly. To give the fly some extra life, it has a Pro Soft Disc on the back part close to the hook.
The wing is a key ingredient on the smaller flies. Here it's a rabbit zonker and that just beats other furs by many lengths in my opinion.
It has the perfect shape, fill and movement and
can easily be cut/adjusted to suit the conditions.

9.2 kilos - The author with a salmon
The author
Nils Jorgensen


Pattern type: 
Tube fly
Nils Jorgensen
Clear or black Pro Micro Tube
Rear disc
6 mm or 8 mm Pro Soft Disc
Tying thread
Black 8/0
Oval silver tinsel
Black dubbing
Rear hackle
Black rooster
Black rabbit zonker
Silver twinkle
Front hackle
Clear blue rooster
Jungle Cock (optional)
Front disc/cone
Pro Disc or Cone

The PET BLUE works fine as a traditional down stream fished streamer but upstream fishing with medium to fast stripping is very effective. I think the little red butt provokes the take when it is pulled fast in and out of the fish's sight. But this fly is also good fished slow on a sinking line for sea trout in the deep pools.

Bring the PET to the river, you wont loose!

Another large salmon - Nils Jorgensen with yet another Icelandic salmon
8.5 kilos - The author with a salmon
Bright - The author with a salmon
Nils Jorgensen


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I have no idea whether a salmon turns its eyes down as a reaction to light. I have never heard about that before and never seen it happen, but you might be right.
Regarding the life or death of the fish that Nils is holding, I'm almost 100% sure they are all alive and were returned to live on. Nils is an avid C&R fisherman, and even though he does keep a bright fish to eat now and then, basically all his salmon are released again.


I believe all of the salmon photographed are dead. A live salmon's eyes will be down turned in response to unaccustomed light. Am I right?

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No reason to be sorry...

We realize that Brian Størup is also a skilled fly tier and that he ties on the Pro Tube system, but we haven't been able to find any records of a Pet Blue fly from his hand... Where can we find a description or picture of his fly?

And as we have said many times before: it's really difficult to come up with something truly original these days, and with all due respect for Nils (and Brian), putting some dubbing, a rabbit strip, a hackle and some jungle cock on a tube is not deeply original. Adding a rear cone does make a little difference, but apart from that only the colors sometimes separate patterns. It's very difficult to tie something that doesn't look like something that someone else has tied before.

We will keep on crediting Nils for the fly. He is quite the creative fly tier, and doesn't need to borrow from others.


the Original Fly was created by Brian Storup/ Aalborg.
Tight Lines

Thanks. These colors are great all season colors here in Iceland but to change the Pro Hook Holder piece to green makes almost another fly. A Green Butt is also known as a great catcher : )

Good article,black & blue,black & purple,black & red,my top 3 color combos for early season high water fishing,add a green or red but even better.

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