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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

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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