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Small, black and sexy... and no, it's not lingerie
The Overtaker of course owes a lot to the Undertaker - a classical black fly with a green and red or orange butt. In this version, the universal small black fly has donned its tube clothing, and has become a universal small black tube fly, here dressed by Danish tube fly tier Ken Bonde Larsen.
Small black flies are a must in any salmon anglers box. They can be useful in almost any type of water under almost any type of conditions. If the water is very muddy or dark, they may not be as visble as larger, shinier and more colorful flies. But they may very well work there too.
This fly shows that tube flies need not be large flies. The Overtaker on a tube compares to a fly tied on a size 6 or 4 hook, and is a fairly small and compact fly. Again we have used a metal cone in the front, which will make the fly dive sexily towards the bottom when allowed and keep it horizontal when working in the current. You can omit the metal cone or substitute it for a plastic ditto if so inclined.