Blue Charm

The Blue Charm is a standard Atlantic salmon fly, effective Atlantic throughout the summer months, when the river is running at its normal level. This version is tied as a simple hairwing, rather than the original that uses strips of bronze mallard edged with barred salmon teal. Hairwing flies are now the most popular type of salmon fly Sea trout because they are easier to tie and more robust than their feather-winged equivalents. When tying floss bodies, using a double layer helps to create a smoother effect than a single layer. The pattern works best tied on either single or double hooks in sizes 4-10, and in its smallest sizes is very effective when night fishing for sea trout.


Fly Tying Stoats Tail

oval silver tinsel




Natural gray squirrel hair



Golden pheasant crest feather


Fine silver tinsel and yellow floss

Dyed blue cock hackle fibers

Size 4-10 single or double salmon hook


oval silver tinsel

Black floss

IFix the hook in the vise with the shank parallel to the tyer. Wind the thread to where the two hooks divide and catch in 2 inches (5cm) of silver tinsel. Run the thread a short way back up the shank, then wind on four turns of tinsel as a tag.

2 Secure the loose end of the tinsel and remove.

Catch in 2 inches (5cm) of yellow floss, a short distance in front of the tag, and wind it down to the tag and back. Ensure that the floss spreads as it is wound so that the effect is as smooth as possible.

Fly Tying Broken Ice Tinsel

3 Wind the thread over the waste ends of the floss to form an even base for the body. Take the thread back to the floss tag and catch in a tail of golden pheasant crest feather. Choose a feather that is brightly colored and has a nice sparkle.

4 Take 3 inches (7.5cm) of medium-width, oval, silver tinsel and catch it in at the tail. Wind the thread over the waste ends of feather and tinsel then back to the eye.

Fly Tying Tinsel

5 Catch in a length of black floss and wind it down to the tail and back to form a smooth body. Secure the loose end of floss and remove the excess. Wind on five, evenly spaced turns of tinsel as the rib.

6 Secure the tinsel and remove any waste. Trim a beard hackle of dyed blue cock hackle fibers so that they fall short of the hook points and catch in. Next, catch in a wing of natural gray squirrel hair so that the tips are level with the tail. Cast off.

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