But wing free flies with long, flowing hackles can be very effective. I first saw the T&L hackle version on a tying clinic with Swedish Micke Lindström. Light weight with long, soft flowing hackles have a particular mobility and transparency, which is often effective. And they are not commonly used, so they are different.
Rump feathers are perfect for these flies and they are cheap and easily accessible. They can be bleached and dyed for clear, vibrant colours or dyed as they are for more subtle colouring. An orange, a black and a blue hackle, maybe a touch of flash and the fly is done.
These flies will move in even the slowest of currents and when “jumped” in the pools, they open and close.
If your local salmon rivers are fishing as most salmon rivers are this season, you’ll have a little more time at the vice than usual. Put a few in the box - they take 5 minutes to tie.
Have a great weekend!