PK Mysis Variant

Published Apr 23rd 2012

An extremely lightly dressed and delicate fly that imitates a mysid


PK Mysis Variant

Per Karlsen is an institution in Danish seatrout fishing whose flies - most of them named PK something - are amongst some of the first patterns that were specifically designed for our kind of fishing. Per has tagged his initials on numerous well known and very popular seatrout flies both for coastal and river fishing.

I have fallen for this one, which is indeed a different creature. Different the average coastal fly and different from most of the other PK flies. Per has made the Variant himself, based on the original PK Mysis, which is more like a lightly dressed Magnus or a Killer Shrimp.

I like simple, and this is really simple!

Per's original is tied with wide flash tinsel, which I didn't have, so I combined four straws of a thinner material. I like Per's version better and will get my hands on some wide Mylar tinsel as soon as possible.
Per also ties his flies significantly smaller than the one you see here, and I might tie some small versions too, but this size 6 hook suits my temper better than the 8's, 10's and 12's prescribed by Per.

PK Mysis Variant
TypeCold saltwater fly
Per Karlsen
Target species
Sea trout (sea run)

HookPartridge GRS #8 or CS54 #12 (I used a larger hook)
ThreadWhite 8/0
RibFlat pearl tinsel
BodyHare wool
HackleMedium brown rooster
HeadTying thread, shimmering nail polish

I like simple, and this is really simple!
Tying instructions
1 - start the thread - A few wraps almost right behind the hook eye
1 - start the thread
2 - flash for rib - Catch the ribbing under the trying thread and fold it
2 - flash for rib
3 - cover - Cover the rib with tying thread all the way to the hook bend
3 - cover
4 - dub - Prepare dubbing for the rear body - not too much
4 - dub
5 - noodle - Twist the dubbing to a thin noodle around the tying thread
5 - noodle
6 - dub - Dub the rear 2/3 of the hook shank
6 - dub
7 - rib - Rib the rear part of the fly with close turns. Keep the tinsel flat
7 - rib
8 - hackle - Prepare the hackle by stripping the softest and longest barbs
8 - hackle
9 - tie in hackle - Tie in the hackle, curved side forward
9 - tie in hackle
10 - wind hackle - Turn the hackle in a few (2-3) close turns right in front of the rear body
10 - wind hackle
11 - tie down hackle - Tie down the hackle and clip surplus. Make sure the rib is still free and pointing forward
11 - tie down hackle
12 - pull back - Pull the hackle and the rib back and wrap a few wraps of thread to hold it
12 - pull back
13 - ready for dubbing - With the hackle and rib under control, the fly is ready for the final dubbing
13 - ready for dubbing
14 - dub - Dub the last bit of hook shank leaving space for a small head
14 - dub
15 - rib - Make a final couple of wraps of rib on the front part of the fly and tie down
15 - rib
PK Mysis Variant - The finished fly with a fairly pronounced head. See materials and full pattern description.
PK Mysis Variant

PK Mysis Variant

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

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