Bon Aventure flies - our suggestions

Published Nov 5th 2008

Tying instructions and patterns


Bon Aventure Flies
One man in two days. What does that give you? Limited experience and but some experience, photos and stories to give you a feeling and imagination of what to tie and bring.

Sunray Shadow
Sun Ray Shadows with ayes and epoxy - note the how nicely the herls are spread.
Tied by Ken Bonde Larsen
Sun Ray Shadows with ayes and epoxy
Dirty Whites - Tied by Ken Bonde Larsen
Dirty Whites
Chinese Whites - One with a metal turbo disc and one with a plastic.
Tied by Ken Bonde Larsen
Chinese Whites
Branchus -
A classic. See the one with eyes and epoxy - add-ons done by the experienced salmon angler Nils Jorgensen here.
The one I used was ties the Icelandic way with a dark yellow underwing on a ½" tube.
Want to read more about Iceland and Nils, go here.

Chinese White
A fly tied by Ken Bonde Larsen. Made in light and discrete nuances suited for clear and cold water.
Read the article Chinese White here.

A small black fly should always be a part of any fly collection, and should not miss in a salmon fly box.
Read the article The Overtaker here.

The Dirty White
A Grey and Green variant tied by Ken Bonde Larsen a cold autumn day while dreaming of salmon adventures in northern Canada.
It is meant for clear, greenish water where the salmon stick to green, white, silver combinations but haven't seen many Scandinavian tubes.
Read the article The Dirty White here.

Très Bien
Very good... well, that's what the name means, and this fly should be very good for the clear water. Another tube fly with light and discrete materials.
Read the article Très Bien here.

More inspiration of tying tubes can be found here:

More on tube flies

Green Machine
Everyone talked about the Green Machine. I did not know the fly before I landed in Gaspé. It is a beautiful green gem typically tied low water style. The green body appeals to the jade toned water.
Read the article Green Machine here.

Jean Guy Côte's beautiful fly for cold water salmonids.
Branchu is the Québecois word for wood duck, and a very suitable name for this fly with its characteristic wood duck wing. It will work when the water is slightly colored and the sun is shining. Martin Jorgensen made some adjustments a few years ago.
Read the article Branchu here.

That was some of our suggestions. Other flies worth trying could be:
Silver & Silver
Black & Silver
Green Sheep
Grey & Green
Grey & Silver
Francis, red colors

Silver Rat
Yellow Cosseboom
Green Highlander
Blue Charm
Green Rat
Reulland Special

Lady Hazel
Tuck Bug

Hook size depends greatly on water level, however sizes 4 to 12 are recommended.
These were some suggestions. I am not sure, what flies the fly fishers below used when they caught their fish. They probably tied some the flies after getting some inspiration - maybe from Global FlyFisher. Hope you got inspired and are off to your tying station.

User comments
GFF staff comment
From: Kasper Mühlbach · kasper·at·  Link
Submitted October 27th 2010


some of them are from Grande Cascapedia.


From: John Barrett · johntbarrett·at·  Link
Submitted October 25th 2010

Are these fishing photos from the Bonaventure River?

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