© by Jörg Schuft 2017                                                                                                                   Impressum home home about me about me gallery gallery flytying flytying links links kontakt kontakt
“Blue Charm“ One of the most popular salmon flies of both the 19th and 20th Century is the “Blue Charm. Between the years 1913 and 1934, one of the most famous names in Salmon Fishing, Mr Arthur Wood, caught more than 3.500 salmon with this fly; most of them at Cairnton, a middle beat of the River Dee in Scotland. The Blue Charm remains popular amongst Salmon fishers today, particularly in low and clear water conditions. The fly is a favourite of well known modern day salmon fisher, Ian Gordon, something he expressed in the film “Blue Charm“ – Salmon fishing in Scotland produced by Ian Gordon and Robert Stroh. This film was my inspiration for the following instructional photos of how to properly tie the original “Blue Charm”. The original tying for the Blue Charm can be found in the book "Salmon fishing" by John James Hardy from 1907 and is as follows – Tag silver tinsel Tail topping Body black floss Ribs silver tinsel Throat blue cock hackle Wing              big Mallard strips, Teal and a topping. Head black On the photos I've used a Partridge Bartlett Supreme Salmon Hook size  2 1. Bring the thread on the hook                                                                          2. Tie in the silver tinsel for the tag 3. Wrap the silver tinsel forward                                                                        4. Next attach a topping and another silver tinsel for wrapping 5. Attach a length of black floss                                                                         6. Wrap the black floss forward and then wrap the                                               body with the silver tinsel 7. Attach the blue cock hackle                                                                           8. Wrap the hackle around the hook 9. Tie in the mallard                                                                                          10. Place the teal strips on top of the wing 11. Now tie in a topping over the wing. Finally wrap the head and finish it with head cement. Ready is the „Blue Charm“ I wish you a lot of fun by tying the “Blue Charm” and I hope you will get a big salmon on this fly.