Published Mar 31. 2018 - 6 years ago
Updated or edited Mar 31. 2018

ABU Optic Chillimps

In 1969 the Abu Optic Chillimps was introduced. The simple palmer hackled shrimp fly was already a legend in River Mörrum before the Optic eyes were added. The Chillimps was born one late night in a bar near River Mörrum - when three Swedish gentlemen turned a wild idea into a catchy fly. The men responsible for the Chillimps were famous Swedish anglers, Rolf Vilhelmson, Olle Tornblom and Sven Hallman.
According to the legend, they used some scraps from a carpet and from the skirt of a waitress to create the fly. True... or just a good story? A lot of thrustworthy people say it’s all true – and it doesn’t really matter. Fishermen love the story and the simple orange Chillimps - and fish feel the same way about it.
The addition of the Optic Eyes did not make the beautiful orange fly less popular, and it soon proved to be a killer when fishing for sea run brown trout and Atlantic salmon – and not only in River Mörrum.

The text above, and the fly pattern is taken from my book on the Optic Flies.

You can get more info... or buy the book, Tying and fishing the ABU Optic Flies here:

Michael Jensen

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