Très Bien

Published Nov 20th 2008

A bright Scandinavian style salmon fly tied on a tube using an easy, divided wing technique


That's all very good... yet another tube fly? Très bien... mais oui, that's exactly what it is: very good.

This is another bright tube fly for clear water designed by Danish fly tyer Ken Bonde Larsen. And another one that uses a cone to add weight to the front of the fly. And another one, where the metal cone can be replaced by a common head or a plastic cone.

And this is another tube fly that demonstrates the use of a sectioned hair wing tied in in several steps with a hackle to separate the sections. The hackle adds volume and support for the wing, and also gives extra fluff to the front hackle, since the wing-dividing hackle sits very close behind the front of the fly.

This technique is very useful for all hair winged flies. Splitting the wing into typically three sections not only makes it easier to tie it in, but also enables you to form a nicer and better tapered wing. You can use different colors for each section and the technique makes it possible to add flash and hackles in the wing - between the sections. The method is not only for tube flies, but can of course be used on hooks too.

Detail of the front of the Trés Bien

Trés Bien
TypeTube fly
Ken Bonde Larsen
Year of origin
Target species
Atlantic salmon (sea run)
Steelhead (sea run)

TubeHalf inch bright green tube with inner tube (FITS)
TailGreen synthetic fiber
TagTranslucent mylar tinsel
BodyGreen flash dubbing
First wing sectionYellow Arctic fox
Wing flashYellow Angel hair
Wing hackleYellow
Second wing sectionOlive Arctic fur
Wing flashOlive Angel hair
Third wing sectionWhite Arctic fox
Front hackleYellow dyed mallard
ConeGun metal medium cone

Tying instructions
See images below

Step 1 - tube - Inner and outer tube are glued together, mounted in the vise and the thread started in the front of the fly
Step 1 - tube
Step 2 - tail - The tail is tied in. Use a bunch twice as long as needed and tie it in in the center
Step 2 - tail
Step 3 - trim tail - Bend the front end of the tail material backwards and tie it down. Trim it to a suitable length
Step 3 - trim tail
Step 4 - tag material - Tie in a length of pearlescent mylar for the tag
Step 4 - tag material
Step 5 - varnish base - By varnishing under the tag material, the tag will become much more durable
Step 5 - varnish base
Step 6 - finishing the tag - Wind the tag forwards to cover the varnish while it\'s still wet. Tie down and trim the tag
Step 6 - finishing the tag
Step 7 - dubbing - Twist some dubbing on the thread and start building up the body. Use the dubbing sparsely and create the body in several layers
Step 7 - dubbing
Step 8 - body - By creating the it from several thin layers of dubbing you get a more even and durable body on the fly
Step 8 - body
Step 9 - velcro - Use velcro on a stick to tear out the body for more volume
Step 9 - velcro

Step 10 - finished body - The finished body is fuzzy but still quite even
Step 10 - finished body
Step 11 - remove underfur - Remove the underfur from a small bunch of yellow Arctic fox
Step 11 - remove underfur
Step 12 - underwing - Measure the underwing for length and tie it in so that it just barely reached the tip of the tail
Step 12 - underwing
Step 13 - finished underwing - When done, the underwing hs spread out round the top hlf of the tube to form a elongated drop shape
Step 13 - finished underwing
Step 14 - flash - When the underwing is ready, tie in a sparse bunch of Angel Hair on top of it. Tie it in in the center and fold it back - it\'s easier and more durable
Step 14 - flash
Step 15 - pull back - Fold back the flash and tie down the base. Trim it to a suitable length
Step 15 - pull back
Step 16 - underwing ready - The underwing is done
Step 16 - underwing ready
Step 17 - first hackle - This hackle is tied in tip first, shiny side forward, between the two wing sections. It will add volume to the fly - particularly to the second wing section. Notice how the tip is cut before tying in the feather
Step 17 - first hackle
Step 18 - hackling - Stroke back the fibers of the hackle while turning it
Step 18 - hackling

Step 19 - finished hackle - When the hackle has been turned 3-4 times, it\'s tied down and the but is trimmed off
Step 19 - finished hackle
Step 20 - middle wing - A darker bunch of Arctic fox is tied in as middle wing after having removed all underfur
Step 20 - middle wing
Step 21 - spread hairs - Press the wing with your thumb to spread the hairs over the tube
Step 21 - spread hairs
Step 22 - second wing section - Ready to be trimmed
Step 22 - second wing section
Step 23 - adding flash - Again tying it in in the middle ready to fold back
Step 23 - adding flash
Step 24 - flash ready - The flash has been folded back and trimmed
Step 24 - flash ready
Step 25 - last wing section - Measure the white wing for length. Slightly longer than the previous wing section
Step 25 - last wing section
Step 26 - ready to be trimmed - The last wing section in place
Step 26 - ready to be trimmed
Step 27 - hackle - Tie in the front hackle tip first and wrap it 3-4 turns
Step 27 - hackle

Step 28 - brushing - Most of these hair wing flies look a lot nicer after a rough treatment with a cut-down toothbrush
Step 28 - brushing
Step 29 - ready for the cone - The fly is done and ready to get a cone added
Step 29 - ready for the cone
Step 30 - glue - Add a dab of glue before sliding on the cone
Step 30 - glue
Step 31 - cone added - The cone is in place and the tube ready to be trimmed and melted
Step 31 - cone added
Step 32 - meltdown - After trimming the thin inner tube, melt it to secure the cone
Step 32 - meltdown
Step 33 - finished fly - All done and ready to catch salmon
Step 33 - finished fly

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User comments
From: David Shaw ··at·  Link
Submitted December 1st 2008

Beautiful pattern my kind of fly,i managed to land my largest salmon of 28lb on the River Tweed two weeks ago on a home tied conehead cascade.Iam a big fan of Scandanavian style flies and get a lot of enjoyment tying them.

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From: norm · lucraig·at·  Link
Submitted March 29th 2009

The instructions are truly excellent. As soon as I get a couple of the missing items I will give it a try.

Thanks again outstanding job.

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From: Jan johansen · jany·at·  Link
Submitted December 24th 2008

I Love this tube fly pattern, never done these sort of flies before going to start soon, after getting some tips from the lads who have been tying tube flies for years. Never had the confidence before didnt know what i was doing, but the step by step is just awsome thanks Jan

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