Published Oct 25. 2008 - 15 years ago
Updated or edited Jan 30. 2021

Chinese White

A bright tube fly for salmon in clear water created by Danish Ken Bonde Larsen. Tied in the Scandinavian style with a large and soft hair wing made of several layers. Easy to tie and impressive both in and out of the water.

Flat heads - The flat heads will make the water turbulent as it passes over the wing. The front fly is tied with a rubber head to use where weighted flies are not allowed. The rear one uses a flat metal cone. Flies tied by Ken Bonde Larsen.
Two White Chinese - the front one with a rubber cone for use in water where metal cones are banned. Tied by Ken Bonde Larsen
Martin Joergensen

This salmon fly is tied in the Scandinavian tradition by Danish fly tier Ken Bonde Larsen. It's tied on a tube, which makes it light and easy to cast, still voluminous and good looking. And tying it on a tube makes it quite easy to get the wing both wide and good looking.

Tubes are a perfect foundation for hair wing flies, and making the with look good on a tube is mainly a question of tying it in in sections and making sure that it spreads over the upper half of the tube - in a controlled manner of course.

Many Scandinavian tube flies are tied with cone heads. This both finishes the fly in a harmonic and easy way, and at the same time adds a bit of weight, which can be crucial to the seducing movement of the fly. The metal cones are banned in some water - referred to as "weighted flies" - and for use in such water you will have to tie the fly with a traditional head or use the rubber or plastic cones, which are available. The "Chinese hat" cones seen here will spread the water over the wing and add turbulence, which again will make the wing move more.

This fly may seem bright, but in clear, greenish waters it will blend in, and not apprear nearly as luminescent as it looks on these pictures shot against a dark background.

Materials for the White Chinese - Even simple flies often use a lot of materials
The materials
Martin Joergensen
The Chinese White
Pattern type: 
Tube fly
Ken Bonde Larsen
1 inch green plastic with inner tube (FITS-system)
Yellow Antron
Bright chartreuse Antron
Medium silver
White pearlescent Angel Hair
Body hackle
One badger and one chartreuse
Yellow Twinkle
White Arctic fox - two sections separated by a little Angel Hair
Front hackle
Yellow ostrich
Flat metal or rubber cone - chartreuse
Skill level/difficulty: 
See picture series below

Step 1 - the tube

Step 2 - the tail

Step 3 - folded tail

Step 4 - trim the tail

Step 5 - rib and butt material

Step 6 - the butt

Step 7 - the dubbing

Step 8 - form the body

Step 9 - the body

Step 10 - velcro

Step 11 - body ready

Step 12 - hackle feathers

Step 13 - prepare the hackle

Steo 14 - wind the hackle

Step 15 - ribbing

Step 16 - flash

Step 17 - wing preparation

Step 18 - first wing section

Step 19 - wing shape

Step 20 - flash

Step 21 - trim

Step 22 - second wing section

Step 23 - pinching

Step 24 - ostrich hackle

Step 25 - hackling

Step 26 - finishing the hackle

Step 27 - cut inner tube

Step 28 - ready for the cone

Step 29 - cone

Step 30 - cone

Step 31 - cone in place

Step 32 - cut

Step 33 - leave a bit

Step 34 - melt

Finished fly - The White Chinese with a flat metal cone. Tied by Ken Bonde Larsen
The finished White Chinese - here with a metal cone
Martin Joergensen


I love your tying ar...

I love your tying articles and sequencing the links in your enlarged photo steps is a great technique and very helpful. Thank you!
I've searched the internet for the rubber "turbo-style" cones without success. Can you suggest a source for them?

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Magnus, True enou...


True enough that Norling and Frödin are the fathers of this style, but honestly - Sweden or Scandinavia... to us (to you) it might be a big deal, but to the rest of the world we're just a bunch of countries in the northern end of Europe.

We at GFF usually refer to Scandinavia as a whole, Scandinavian coastal fishing (actually Danish), Scandinavian tube flies (actually Swedish), Scandinavian two hand casting (actually Swedish). We're an international site, and we don't care much about these borders, hope you don't mind.


Calling this style o...

Calling this style of pattern "Scandinavian" is like calling the seatrout fly Magnus "Scandinavian" and not Danish. This style was originated from Sweden, Håkan Norling and Mikael Frödin. It should be called the "Swedish" style.


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