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The Simon-fly
By Peder Lindström
Holmsund just by the mouth of Ume-river in Sweden

This one I tied in honor of my son Simon, my first child. I know other tiers who have done this and I thought I would keep the tradition going by doing the same.

I tied it to be fished in summer for sea-run trout that are migrating up the river, I only had the chance to try it for myself once last summer and I felt fish nibbled at the wing, just those little gentle pulls and tugs in the line and I hope for next summer I get to try it in other places then my homewater Umeriver.

This fly is tied on a size 9 as we use smaller flies in the summer but feel free to tie it in bigger sizes or as a tubefly. The fly is meant to be fished high riding on a floating line or a floating line with intermediate tip.


    Hook: Partridge Salar gold double size 9.

    Thread: Benecchi 12/0 white and red.

    Tag: thin oval gold tinsel.

    Body: Holo gold flatbraid and Lemon yellow firestar dubbing.

    Wings: Yellow and black arctic fox and a few strands of gold holographic and rainbow angelhair sandwiched between them.

    Hackle: Kingfisher blue metz soft hackle.

    Cheeks: (optional) Jungle cock or substitute.

    Head: Red tying thread and varnish.

How I Tie the Simon-Fly

1. Start with the white thread just behind the eye of the hook and wind back to hookpoint and tie in a piece of thin gold tinsel on the underside of the hook.

2. Wind the tinsel back 4-5 turns to about opposite of the barb of the hook and make a figure of eight around the hook shanks and come up between them and tie off.

3. Cut a piece of gold flatbraid and make a angular tying-in tag and tie in on the underside of the hook and cover the first turn of tinsel on the tag.

4. Wind forward in overlapping turns about ¾ of the hook length, 2 turns of thread is enough to tie off the flatbraid.

5. Before I cut off the flatbraid I fold it back on the underside of the hook and tie off again to secure it in place,now cut off.

6. Spin the dubbing on your thread and wind backwards just to cover the tying-off point on the flatbraid and make a "ball" of dubbing.

7. I like to brush out the dubbing to make it nice and fluffy. I use a brush made out of a wooden stick from an popsicle with some velcro glued to it, works like a charm.

8. From the yellow fox hair I take off a clump and trim and pull out all the spiky and stiff hairs, I will show you later on with the black hair how I do that. I cut the hair to length, just past the bend of the hook. Tie in the hair facing forward by holding them just by the roots and make a pinching loop with the thread, then fold the hair back over itself and push down with my thumbnail to spread them a little.

9. Take a few strands of gold holographic angelhair and tie in right on top of the wing.

10. Tie the angelhair with one turn of thread to hold it and then fold it back over itslef to double it and secure with a few more threadwraps.

11. Do the same thing again with Rainbow angelhair.

12. Here is how I prepare my hairs for the wings. I cut off a fairly large amount of hair and hold it by the roots in my fingers and comb through it to get the fibers straight and in line and then I gently pull the hairs by the tips to get rid of all the stiff and spiky hairs, you may need to comb and pull the hairs a few times but do pull off all the hairs that you see are spiky and shiny.

13. Here you can see how the wing is tied in by the roots and facing forward. Tie in tight up to the first wing.

14. Fold the wing back over itself as A shows and then crush down and spread the wing root with your thumbnail as B shows, this helps to get a nice wide profile to the wing. This black wing should be at least twice the length of the hook.

15. Tie down hard a few turns just at the base of the wing to help it raise up and get the nice "teardrop" shape to it.

16. Now for the hackle, hold one feather by the tip and stroke the fibers downward so you get just a few fibers in the tip, cut off to make a small triangle to tie in on the underside of the hook.

17. Before I start winding on the hackle I hold the base of the feather and stroke the fibers back to double the hackle, as you wind on make sure to keep the hacklestem facing forward at all times. 2 turns of hackle should be enough.

18. With your fingers pull down the hackle on each side of the hook, if you take to many fibers from the wing along when you split the hackle you could use your scissors or dubbing needle. Secure the hackle with one or two thread wraps and tie off and change to the red tying thread.

19. Take out 2 feathers of Jungle cock, or substitute, I like them to just reach short of the hackletips. I hold the feather by the tip and cut along the stem so I get short fibers to make little barbs, that helps to hold them secure. Do make sure the feathers are at the same angle on both sides of the hook or you could end up with a spinning fly. Finish off by making a small head with the thread and tie off and varnish the head to make it nice and shiny.

20. Finished fly.

Now you have yourself a fly to fish high in the water, maybe in slight overcast or cloudy weather as it gives a good profile from the fishes view. You also have the sparkle and glare from the angelhair as it reflects light as the wing pulses and swims in the current. ~ Peder Lindström


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