Published Nov 2. 2008 - 15 years ago
Updated or edited Jan 30. 2021

The Overtaker

A small black tube fly inspired by the classical Undertaker and flies like the Green Butt. This small fly shows that tube flies do not have to be large. It's petite, it's black and it's sexy with a small hotspot.

Overtakers - A couple of Overtakers - a universal small black fly with a hot tag and a hot cone. Tied by Ken Bonde Larsen.
A couple of Overtakers
Martin Joergensen

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.

The Overtaker
Pattern type: 
Tube fly
Ken Bonde Larsen
Half inch black tube with inner tube (FITS)
1st butt
Orange tying thread 3/0
2nd butt
Bright green tying thread 3/0
Tying thread
Peacock colored flash dubbing
1st wing section
Black Arctic fox
Wing flash
Peacock colored Angle Hair
2nd wing section
Black Arctic fox
Front hackle
Black hen
Orange cone or dish
Skill level/difficulty: 
See the images below

Step 1 - the tube, the tag

Step 2 - another tag

Step 3 - tag done

Step 4 - varnish the tag

Step 5 - body

Step 6 - dubbing done

Step 7 - velcro

Step 8 - finished body

Step 9 - wing

Step 10 - wing butts

Step 11 - flash

Step 12 - second wing section

Step 13 - hackle

Step 14 - hackle done

Step 15 - cone

Step 16 - cut the tube

Step 17 - melt tube

Step 18 - done


Iam looking forward ...

Iam looking forward to tying some of these flies as the Overtaker really looks the part, Iam a big fan of the FITS extra small turbo disc as it gives small tubed salmon flies a fantatic finish and they fish beautifully.A soft haclkle behind these little discs is a must.

Martin Joergensen's picture

Les, If you click...


If you click on the picture you will be able to clearly see what's going on. So no, we're not going to use a white board. Maybe a background, which is slightly less confusing than this one, but not a plain, white board. That is simply too boring! ;-)


background doesnot h...

background doesnot help try a white sight board


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