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The Green One (Viherpuna)
By Peder Lindström
Holmsund just by the mouth of Ume-river in Sweden

This fly is an easy and quick tie if you want to tie some flies just before going out on the water and also very effective on low and slow water in summer.

It can be fished through the whole water column and fish it slow, try it deep and slow on a sinking line just ahead of where the current picks up and starts to riffle, what I mean is that part of the water that looks nice and shiny.

I am not sure about who first made this fly but I do know it´s from Finland, my neighbouring country to the east. The fly I am tying here is as I learned how to tie it and I believe it´s a variant from the original so beae with me, it still catches fish.

This fly not only catches fish it catches big fish too, an acquaintance of mine caught a 30lbs Salmon in the river Lögdeå just south of Umeå.

Fish this fly on low water in summer for sea-run Trout and Salmon. As I am not sure of the original pattern for this fly and I learned it with orange hackle and I have seen it fished well with black hackle so try a few of each.

Materials for The Green One or Viherpuna:

    Hook: Mustad BL 80525 size 10, may not be legal everywhere, adapt to your conditions.

    Thread: Red Benecchi 12/0.

    Tag: Oval gold tinsel.

    Body: Red Firestar dubbing and Olive Ice Dub.

    Hackle: Ring neck pheasant rump feather dyed orange or black.

    Cheeks: Jungle Cock (optional).

    Head: Tying thread and varnish.

Tying Instructions The Green One or Viherpuna:

1. Set your hook secure in the vice and start the thread down the hook shank to about between hook point and barb and tie in the gold tinsel on the underside of the hook.

2. Wrap tinsel 4-5 turns and make a "figure of eight" and come up between the hook shanks and tie off.

3. Make a little ball with red Firestar dubbing.

4. Dub a front body with Olive ice dub and taper it forward, making it thicker as you go toward the hook eye, stop a few mm short of the eye.

5. Now take your Velcro brush and abuse the dubbed body to fluff it up and give it a little volume.

6. The body looks like this after brushing it out.

7. Pick out a pheasant feather that has most of it´s fibers intact, I hold it by the tip and gently pull the fibers at right angles from the stem. I cut off the very tip where you see the arrow and then tie in the little triangle on the underside of the hook. (This is shown on the Simon-fly.)

8. Wind the hackle in tight turns as you hold the fibers backwards to double the hackle, make sure not to twist the hackle and keep the stem facing forward at all times.

9. Tie off the hackle and pick out two Jungle Cock feathers and tie them in. On a fly this size I like them to extend the green part of the body, maybe a tad more. Trim the waste and finish off leaving about 1mm of hook shank behind the eye. I leave that mm space just because I need the room when I knot on my tippet.

I make the knot so the tippet goes straight through the eye and becomes an extension of the hook shank so the fly doesn't slide to its side and fishes at an angle so to say.

10. Find a slow part of your favorite steam, tie it on your leader and hope one of the big shiny and silvery fishes fancy your fly. ~ Peder Lindström

About Peder:

I live in a small town called Holmsund just outside Umeå, Sweden.

Holmsund is located on a penisula where Ume-river runs out in the Bay of Botnia so I am not short on water to fish for Trout, Grayling, Sea-Trout, Salmon, Perch, Pike and various other species.

I work for Armstrong World Industries at the Holmsund plant and have been with the company for 18 years, I am a machine-operator and safety-rep, member of the plant safety group.

In my spare time when I can find it, I go fishing of course. That is between taking care of the family and work.

As far as flytying is concerned it is a hobby I picked up again from my teen years and I have been flyfishing for a few years only, and everyday I wonder why I didn´t start sooner.

I am also lucky to live where I actually do as far as fishing goes, from my home and for a 100 miles (160km) north or south there are 10 Salmon and Sea-trout bearing rivers and streams, my home water is Ume-river.

Enjoy the flies everone.

Stay safe and take care. ~ Peder


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