most productive sea trout fly by Barry Ord Clarke

Proppen-most productive sea trout fly

Proppen, Without doubt my most productive sea trout fly. over a thousand sea trout can’t be wrong!!

This is my variant of one of the best salmon flies in recent years. It is, without doubt my most productive fly for salt water sea trout fishing.  There is something about this pattern that sea trout just can’t resist.

On many occasions when there are sea trout feeding or on the move, and they just follow the fly and won’t take, this small fly works most of the time.  Fished on a long fine leader and floating line just under the surface with a very slow figure of eight retrieve, the takes are savage and powerful, driving the tiny hook home immediately. Many fishermen are skeptical to fishing such small patterns, but if you give this one a try, I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

When nothing else will work, proppen saves the day…


Proppen fly pattern recipe

Hook: Mustad 60329NBLN # 10 Carp Power
Thread: Dyneema
Feelers: 4  Stripped cock hackles
Beard: Deer hair summer coat
Body: Moose hair coated with UV and coloured with waterproof felt pen

Secure your hook in the vice as shown.


Select four stiff light coloured cock hackles

Strip off all the fibers.

Attach your tying thread to the hook shank

Tie in the four stripped cock hackles evenly spaced around the hook shank.

Cut a small bunch of deer hair from a summer coat, this wont flare as much as the winter coat hair. And even the points in a hair stacker.

Tie in the deer hair as a beard over and around the cock hackles.

Trim off the surplus deer hair and tie down.

Tie in two long moose mane hairs, one black, one white.

Wrap the moose hairs around the body simultaneously and tie off behind the hook eye.

Whip finish and remove the tying thread.

Give the body a coat with Bug Bond.

Give the body a quick zap with the UV light to cure the Bug Bond.

Colour the body with a waterproof felt pen and give it another coat with Bug Bond.

The finished fly ready for the salt.

Four feelers in all directions.

How to tie Proppen – video

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5 thoughts on “Proppen-most productive sea trout fly

  1. Hei

    Så proppen i flueboksen til en jeg møtte ute forrige uke (Atle). Han sa han hadde fått de av deg… Glad du la ut beskrivelse, for disse ser giftige ut!
    Da er det rett hjem til bindestikka etter jobb, i morgen skal det fiskes med proppen 🙂


    1. Hi Gary, Yeah I dont see why not. If you use red thread, also tie in length of black or dark coloured copper wire to use as the rib.