Small flies... and large

Fall fishing for sea trout means small flies. Here are my favorites... and a couple of not so small ones that have proven useful as backups.

By Martin Joergensen

Black Frede

Black Frede - click for article
The Black Frede is large, heavy and a good fishing fly

The Black Frede - materials
Kamasan B840 size 2
Head Medium brass bead
Thread Black
Tail Black marabou feathers and a few flash straws
Rib Copper wire
Body Black marabou dubbing
Hackle Large, black hen hackle

Tying Instructions

  1. Slip the bead over the hook bend and secure behind hook eye with glue or varnish
  2. Start the thread behind the bead
  3. Cover the hook shank with thread
  4. Tie in flash over the hook bend
  5. Tie in two marabou feathers - one on each side of the hook shank
  6. Leave the base of the feathers and tie them down over the hook shank to right behind the bead
  7. Fold the feathers back and tie down to form a base for the body
  8. Cover the feathers with tying thread finishing over the hook bend
  9. Cut surplus
  10. Tie in copper wire under hook shank
  11. Dub the thread heavily with marabou dubbing. Use wax if necessary
  12. Form a thick, fluffy body
  13. Prepare a large, soft hen hackle
  14. Tie in base first, shiny side facing forwards in front of body, just behind bead
  15. Wind the hackle 4-6 times backwards to form a palmer hackle
  16. Wind ribbing 4-6 times forwards over hackle to secure it
  17. Tie down copper and cut surplus
  18. Whip finish just behind bead
  19. Varnish
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