Allan Overgaard. A Danish flyfisher with a profound desire to pursue the Searun Brown trout along the coastline of Denmark. Flytying comes as a natural part of the passion, and Allan often tries to construct flies suited for that special occasion when trouts are picky. The long cold winter nights are often devoured behind the vise trying to develop just that right fly that will produce a take from a searun.
Throughout the year you can meet Allan on the coast or in a belly boat. Trying to lure the next Searun Brown.
There is more to fly tying than plastic, foam and fake feathers. Let`s not forget the natural beauty and effective catches we can make with Classic Danish costal flies.
The autumn fly, invented by Henrik Brangstrup back in 1996-97, Autumn Fly has a bit of history. I have always been very fond of flies that incorporate golden pheasant in their patterns, so from an early stage Autumn fly had a special place in my flybox. It still has.
I first discovered the fly in Thomas Vinge’s books “Havørred på kysten”, which is Danish for “Coastal Searun Trout”. During talks with other fly tiers there were questions about how to tie the fly. In order to get it right I contacted the inventor himself, Henrik Brangstrup.
I told Henrik about my fascination of the fly and asked him for the story behind Autumn fly.
This is the story about Autumn fly. Roughly as told by,Henrik Brangstrup:
The idea behind the coastal fly called Autumn Fly emerged after i had developed a small series of flies, which all had underfur for dubbing from my old cat, Jerry.
Whether it was as nymph or salmon fly, it just seemed to work and deliver fish.
On a trip to Stjoerdals river, I tied a fly inspired by Jan Grünwalds March Brown for salmon. On the first day of fishing I landed 3 Atlantic salmons on that fly, the biggest at 9 kgs.
As a natural part of my flytying the idea for a Coastal fly with Jerrys underfur was a no-brainer. The fall fishing for searuns has always been very dear to me, and i was well aware that this new fly had to be natural in the colors, but still had to be visible in turbulent water. My experience was that fishing in turbulent water during the fall could be essential when it comes to sluggish searun trout that are difficult to catch.
Long before I pulled out the chair under my flytying desk, I had a clear vision of the unborn fly:
Underfur from Jerry. Rib. I had to choose between silver and gold rib, but I thought that silver would reflect light better than gold. A small tail of red fibres from Golden pheasant. Two straws of pearl flashabou. Body hackle from grizzly rooster. Finally a red chestfeather from Golden Pheasant as front hackle, the head made of red tying thread or red Varnish.
On the first trip to the Western part of Zealand the as yet unnamed fly did very well. I landed a couple of nice size trouts with it. After a good day of fishing we were standing by the car, stoving our gear in the trunk. As I nipped the fly off the leader, i dropped the fly on the ground in a pile of leaves from the nearby trees. With it, the penny dropped. My fly had the exact colour of the autumn leaves on the ground, and its name was inevitably:, Autumn Fly.
The following years Autumn Fly became my absolute favorite and it has fooled a serious amount of searuns during the years.
The choice of materials is based on careful consideration. The fly is not fitted with any extra weight, but relies on the natural underfur to take up water and give the fly a natural descent through the water column. Furthermore, the materials were chosen for their liveliness and vibrancy in the water during a slow retrieve or even just hovering. My favourite knot for tying it on the tippet was an open loop, to give the fly a wider angle of movement.
Autumn Fly, designed by Henrik Brangstrup back in 1996-1997, is a fine representative of a Danish classic in coastal fly-tying and fly fishing. Adding to the story about Henrik’s fly, I was lucky enough to achieve a personal goal with it. This autumn I landed a searun silver trout above 5 kgs on a flyrod on the coast. The fantastic fish weighed 5,1 kg and was fooled by… Autumn Fly.
Start by putting a hook in the vise, in this case a NS156 Traditional Shrimp Ahrex hooks size 6. Use a tying thread in colour red or wine red.
Tie in a small bundle of Red/Brown Golden Pheasant feathers, tail should be no longer than the hook shank from tie in point to hook eye.
Tie in 2 straws of flash about on the side of the GP feathers.
Tie in an oval tinsel small silver rib and dub the body in a slight tapered look.
Mount a grizzly feather at the stem, just behind the hook eye.
Palmer the Grizzly feather backwards to the start point, leave the tip of the feather dangling in a Hackle plier in order to make some counter weight on the feather.
Counter rib the oval tinsel in the opposite direction of the feather and secure the rib underneath the hook eye. Cut off the excess tip of the grizzly feather at the start point.
Tie in a GP Red/Brown feather and wind it as a front hackle, make sure to double the feather all the way round.
Finish the fly with varnish
Autumn flies ready to go fishing.