Pinky Pain

Published Apr 19th 2012

Bright, colorful and visible. A perfect fly for slow fish in cold or murky water


Pinky Pain

Henrik Leth is an institution in Danish coastal fly-fishing and has been very active in the community for as long as I remember. He has of course originated several seatrout patterns, but the Pinky Pain surfaces ever so often when the talk falls on his flies.

This pattern is mentioned in Thomas Vinge's excellent books on Danish seatrout flies, but Henrik also mentions it several times on his own Danish web page. The fly has changed a bit over the years, and Henrik's current version has a hot glue body where the original had a tinsel body. The body color also varies a bit from smooth silver tinsel to gold braid - and the hot glue version, which has some sparkle mixed into the glue.

The name does actually make sense when you hear Henrik's story from its maiden voyage. On this particularly windy day, the bright fly wound up penetrating his nose!

There's nothing new about the basic fly, which is a bright, hair winged streamer, but it has proven its worth during many years in the Danish ocean.
On this particularly windy day, the bright fly wound up penetrating his nose!
Pinky Pain
TypeCold saltwater fly
Henrik Leth
Target species
Sea trout (sea run)

HookStainless streamer hook, straight eye size 6 or 4
ThreadBlack 8/0
BodySilver braid, silver flash straws or embossed tinsel
False hackleClear or pearl Crystal flash
WingPink Arrctic fox topped with smooth, pink flash straws
HeadTying thread

Tying instructions
Step 1 - start thread - Start the thread behinf the hook eye
Step 1 - start thread
Step 2 - flash - Take out a bunch of crinkly flash. You need about four straws
Step 2 - flash
Step 3 - tie in flash - Tie in the flash in the middle of the straws behind the hook eye leaving space for the head
Step 3 - tie in flash
Step 4 - fold back - Fold back the flash to make one bunch
Step 4 - fold back
Step 5 - tie down flash - Pull the flash back and tie it down to form one bunch
Step 5 - tie down flash
Step 6 - wrap flash - Form a flat bunch and wrap it to the hook bend and back to form an even body
Step 6 - wrap flash
Step 7 - tie down - When the flash is wrapped, tie it down behind the hook eye
Step 7 - tie down
Step 8 - trim - Trim the butts and stray straws to form a smooth body
Step 8 - trim
Step 9 - Bug-Bond - Use a LCR (Light Curing resin) or operationally normal varnish
Step 9 - Bug-Bond
Step 10 - cover body - Cover the tinsel body with varnish or resin
Step 10 - cover body
Step 11 - spread out - Spread out the varnish or the resin to an even layer
Step 11 - spread out
Step 12 - cure - Cure the resin or let the varnish dry
Step 12 - cure
Step 13 - body ready - One the body is cured or dry we\\\'re ready to continue
Step 13 - body ready
Step 14 - false hackle - Add 3-4 straws of Krystal Flash folded over to begin the false hackle
Step 14 - false hackle
Step 15 - fold back - Fold back the flash and tie it down
Step 15 - fold back
Step 16 - trim - Trim the hackle so that it reaches the hook point
Step 16 - trim
Step 17 - pink! - Bring out some pink Arctic fox
Step 17 - pink!
Step 18 - wing - Cut a bunch for the wing, hand stack it to even the tips and the underfur
Step 18 - wing
Step 19 - moisten - Moisten the wing to get the hair under control while tying it in
Step 19 - moisten
Step 20 - measure and trim - Measure the wing for length - 1 -2 times shank length is fine - and cut the butts
Step 20 - measure and trim
Step 21 - tie in wing - Catch the butts and tie in the wing on top of the hook shank
Step 21 - tie in wing
Stp 22 - cover butts - Cover the wing butts with a few tight turns
Stp 22 - cover butts
Step 23 - pink flash - Tie in a couple of straws of smooth pink flash over the wing
Step 23 - pink flash
Step 24 - fold back - Fold back the flash to lie flat over the wing
Step 24 - fold back

Step 25 - varnish - Finish the head, whip finish and varnish a couple of times
Step 25 - varnish
Finished Pinky Pain - A nice, classical hair wing streamer
Finished Pinky Pain

Mud, murky water, fish!

Seatrout flies for 2012
These are the patterns that I will introduce in my boxes for the 2012 season

A pink fly

User comments
GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted February 10th 2014


This pattern is from long time before there were any UV resins available, and it wasn't an option. There was basically epoxy and hot glue, and hot glue isn't bad to work with, sets quickly and doesn't sag nearly as much as epoxy. And you can get sticks with color and/or flash in them.

I used resin for this one and I'm sure Henrik does the same nowadays.


From: Piker20 · ccsffs2013·at·  Link
Submitted February 9th 2014

I'm keen to know why he went over to hot glue for the body. Tying a couple for yourself is fine but hot glue isn't the easiest to use and dry without sagging. Did the UV resin prove to be too fragile?

From: Rich Bires · beadflyer·at·  Link
Submitted January 12th 2013

This is a great steelhead fly,I fish northeast ohio for steelhead,This is the top color for steelhead here,Thanks for showing this fly.

From: Krummi  Link
Submitted August 23rd 2012

Think this one gonna work at icelandic sea-charr :)

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