Fly Tying Patterns
Torö killer v2.0
- Created: Thursday, 26 November 2009 22:07
- Last Updated: Thursday, 26 November 2009 22:07
- Written by Ulf Hagström
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Hook: TMC 811S
One of the first pike flies I did that really gave me tons of success was a ostrich type of streamer called "Torö killer" after my home waters outside the island Torö south of Nynäshamn. It featured a rather flat wing of alot of bright green ostrich herls and green crystal flash with some peacock and blue flash on top with a yellow marabou collar.
The original Torö Killer
For the first years of fly fishing for pike this was my real number one fly, I caught alot of pikes in the 5 kg range with it and the top came when I caught a 4 kg seatrout on it (!) during pike fishing one very snowy day in april back in 2003.
Still one of my best catches ever. Imagin a sea trout on a 18 cm long bright green pike fly!!! Anyway, the last five years or so I have not fished that much with this fly, have experimented more with volume flies and other materials. But ostrich is really a fantastic material for pike flies, it moves like nothing else in the water! So I thought I'd share a slightly newer pattern that I did last year, it has ostrich as it's main material and a yellow collar just like the original Torö Killer, so let's just call this one the Torö killer v2.0.
This is a rather straight forward tie, but it fun to tie and moves fantastic in the water! The only set back is that it takes quite alot of ostrich for one fly, but I think it's worth it!
Here we go, start by taking a bunch (about 10) of long wide ostrich herls and tie them in by the absolute roots at the hook bend. By cutting them off right by the quill from the ostrich feather you'll get the stiff section by the roots also, tying the herls in by these stiff part will make the tail closest to the hook more stiff and prevent it from twisting around the hook when fishing it.
Next take like 8-10 strands of green flash of any kind and tie it in around the hook. making it spread around the ostrich. I like the keep the flash bundle slightly longer than the flash.
Now reach for the ostrich and select another bunch of abotu 10 herls and tie this in around the first making it "spinn" around the hook shank. If possible select herls that are slightly longer than for the first tail bundle.
Now wind your thread forward and treat the tie in of the tail with some super glue to strengten it. Then select a good bunch of yellow bucktail and tie it in forward over the hook eye and make it spinn around the hook nicely.
Tie in the bucktail waste backwards and then it is time for more ostrich! If you examine a good ostrich feather you will see that towards the top of the feather the herls are more delicate and shorter. These are the ones I like to use for the collar, but it's more of an estetic kind of thing, the pike won't mind if you go for the same ones you have used for the tails!
Since it might be hard to get the right spin around the hook now I like to tie one bundle on top and then the next on the bottom and secure that I have covered the whole shank that way. So start by tying in one on top of the shank letting it slip down on the sides aswell. You want to use a bundle of ostrich that are longer than the bucktail but when folded back it should reach shorter than the tail, make any sense?
Tie in the bottom bundle of ostrich also and tie in the roots all the way back to the tails and treat the whole tie in with super glue.
Now, whip finish and add glue to tie knot, but DON'T CUT THE THREAD yet! It will come in handy when adding the epoxy! So with your thread haning at the base of the tail fold the whole collar backwards.
Now just wind the thread in 2-3 loose turns over the bucktail/ostrich collar while still holding it backwards with your other hand. Then let it go and slightly push it forwards until you get something that looks like this.
For me this is helpful because I use very fast drying epoxy, this will help holding the head in a shape you want and you can add a first really thin layer of epoxy and when it's almost dry stick the eyes on there.
Now unwind the thread and cut it. The collar should fan out in a nice way to create volume in the fly! Be careful to place the eyes at the same height on both sides... or you will get a real crazy looking SOB :)
If you want you can now add a second or third layer of epoxy to add more weight to the fly. And there you have it, a great moving pike streamers that can be adjusted to any colour of choise!