Published Mar 2. 2012 - 12 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 17. 2015

PK Mysis Variant

An extremely lightly dressed and delicate fly that imitates a mysid originated by Danish fly tyer Per Karlsen. Per has made the Variant himself, and it's really simple!

Two flies - Two PK Mysis waiting for spring
PK Mysis Variant
Martin Joergensen

Per Karlsen

is an institution in Danish seatrout fishing whose flies - most of them named PK something - are amongst some of the first patterns that were specifically designed for our kind of fishing. Per has tagged his initials on numerous well known and very popular seatrout flies both for coastal and river fishing.

I have fallen

for this one, which is indeed a different creature. Different the average coastal fly and different from most of the other PK flies. Per has made the Variant himself, based on the original PK Mysis, which is more like a lightly dressed Magnus or a Killer Shrimp.

I like simple

, and this is really simple!

Per's original

is tied with wide flash tinsel, which I didn't have, so I combined four straws of a thinner material. I like Per's version better and will get my hands on some wide Mylar tinsel as soon as possible.
Per also ties his flies significantly smaller than the one you see here, and I might tie some small versions too, but this size 6 hook suits my temper better than the 8's, 10's and 12's prescribed by Per.

PK Mysis Variant
Pattern type: 
Cold saltwater fly
Per Karlsen
Partridge GRS #8 or CS54 #12 (I used a larger hook)
White 8/0
Flat pearl tinsel
Hare wool
Medium brown rooster
Tying thread, shimmering nail polish
Skill level/difficulty: 

I like simple, and this is really simple!

Tying instructions

1 - start the thread

2 - flash for rib

3 - cover

4 - dub

5 - noodle

6 - dub

7 - rib

8 - hackle

9 - tie in hackle

10 - wind hackle

11 - tie down hackle

12 - pull back

13 - ready for dubbing

14 - dub

15 - rib

PK Mysis Variant

Close-up - The body of the PK Mysis Variant shows the skinny body and the broad rib
Skinny profile - The PK Mysis Variant has a very skinny and delicate profile
PK Mysis Variant
Martin Joergensen

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