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Hvit Gäddsara

The original tying instruction by Søren Essebo.

What might strike you when reading Sørens reports is, that he uses light gear. A class 5 rod and a normal WF-line. Even more remarkable is that he only uses one pattern: White Pikesara.
For more than a year he has been experimenting with different kinds of flash and colors and during the last year or so the fly has been optimized. He uses two sizes. A long one and a shorter one named One Size, which is not only useful for picky pike but also suitable for sea trout and rainbow trout. Maybe you will miss variations or other patterns but why change something that really has proven it\'s efficiency?
The fly is remarkably strong, easily tied, light-weight, consists of inexpensive, easy-to-get materials and it catches lots and lots of fish. But as Søren says: Catching a pike on it is of course relying on the fact that the fly gets into a pike\'s field of vision.

Hvit Gäddsara
TypePike fly
Søren Essebo
Year of origin
Tied by
Kasper Muhlbach
Target species
Sea trout (sea run)
Steelhead (sea run)

HookShort shank, straight eye, size 2-4
ThreadRed 6/0
WingWhite ostrich herl topped with flash
HeadTying thread

Tying instructions

  1. A fair bunch of ostrich fibres mixed with the flash is tied down one half up the shank
  2. Make the thread come down the hook bend
  3. Add flash
  4. Take care to mix synthetic and ostrich well. Do not use too much flash as the ostrich and flash will then separate.
  5. Now run the thread behind the hook bend and turn it around the tail to extend and support it.
  6. Make a ½-1 cm or ¼-½ inch supporting extension
  7. Wind the thread towards the eye. Make a nice tapered tarpon-fly-style head
  8. Varnish several times to protect it from the razor teeth
  9. If you attach you\\\'re wire bite tippet before the trip, do it now. Afterwards place the flies in adequate zip-lock bags or a fly box.
  10. Tie some more.

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