Successful and proven fly designs or styles very often spawn second and third generation families of those fly patterns, many of which are equal if not more successful than the originals. Different styles, sizes, weights, and colours provide a huge range of options making the best fly patterns adaptable to every possible set of conditions.
The Francis pattern has proved to be one of the most popular of all Icelandic fly patterns and one that has been used to good effect worldwide. The most commonly used is the Red Francis although the Black Francis is equally successful. They can be tied on a wide variety of hooks in black, silver and gold. There are a host of other colours in the Frances family and they will all catch salmon. Quite possibly it is the ‘feelers’ that aggravate a salmon into an involuntary take. The small tubes and conehead versions are also extremely effective.
Despite being an impossibly simple and straightforward looking fly the original sunray and its many variants are salmon magnets. Very similar in concept to a Collie Dog it is possible to fish all season round with this fly in its varying lengths. The plastic bodied tube versions allow it to be hitched to great effect however whether you choose to let it swing naturally or strip it back fast of all the flies in your fly box it is one pattern that is more likely to evoke a reaction from a salmon than any other.
Originating from Iceland the solid and compact design of the snaelda fly patterns encourage it to be fished deep and for it to be used in heavy water. Their use and effectiveness on the Northern Rivers of the Kola Peninsula to pull out huge fish has become legendary and some of the most colourful and effective characters in the Salmon fishing world such as Arni Baldurson will fish with them almost exclusively.
A modern Scottish fly Pattern originating from Inverness, Pot Bellied Pigs have established themselves as one of the most deadly fly patterns. Tied on a range of the most popular colours there is a ‘pig’ for every occasion.
Invented by Hakan Norling the Templedog series of flies are superb early season flies that work particularly well in cold and fast water. The movement imparted by the long wing is the key to the success of the fly. It is common for wing lengths of 14cm or more to be used by anglers fishing early season in Norway and Russia.