Scotlands Premier Salmon Fishing Specialists
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The Blue Charm remains one of the most popular salmon flies. Although devised in the 19th Century, it remains one of the most popular patterns used when fishing for Salmon in Scottish Rivers. 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 worlds best spring fishing river, the Royal Dee.
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
Tying the Blue Charm by Jorg Schuft
Tag Silver Tinsel
Body Black Floss
Ribs Silver Tinsel
Throat Blue Cock Hackle
Wing Big malard Strips, Teal and a Topping
On the photos I've used a Partridge Bartlett Supreme Salmon Hook size 2.
1. Bring on the Thread
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.
12 Blue Charm - Complete
I wish you a lot of fun by tying the Blue Charm and I hope you catch many large salmon on this fly.