The salmon season is up! Anglers are getting their gear ready and dreaming of the silver in the rivers. This time of year, is really when fly fishers start to feel the blood pumping and many suffer from severe cases of Salmon fever! Spring time is here! (all most). There is but one cure for the Salmon fever, standing in the river casting the line. However, you can momentarily ease the pain by tying up your favorite flies at the vice. (Photo: River Dee - The Banchory beat)
One of these flies will be the Dee Monkey Fly. It has become the first choice for a huge amount of fly fishers, especially in Scotland for the spring fishing. The fly originates from the Dee River in Aberdeen shire Scotland. The Dee Monkey Salmon fly has become one of the most popular salmon flies in recent years.
The Dee Monkey was created in the beginning of this century by Danish angler Jimmi Lauridsen and even though it was recently invented, many already consider this fly to be a classic. It has since spread widely among fly tiers, not only on the Dee, but throughout Scotland. It combines the favorite color combination of black and yellow with a deadly long wing. Mind you, it is not just a fly for springers and will take fish throughout the season. You do not want to leave home without one. (Photo: The classic Dee Monkey)
The Dee Monkey Fly is a perfect choice for a good height of early season water - its designed for the Dee river by Danish fly fisherman Jimmi Lauridsen and named after the Colobus Monkey from which the hair for the original fly was used.
The black and yellow Dee Monkey fly is probably the deadliest color combination for spring salmon fly fishing - it is certainly one of the most popular color combinations fished in February and March on the Dee and on most other early Scottish rivers. The sharp contrast in colors with additional Jungle cock gives this tube a real presence in the icy deep waters when sunk line fishing. The black and yellow Dee Monkey is a must have spring fly!
You can find the recipe and a step by step guide for the Dee Monkey here!
Join the Monkey fly tying group here for posting and inspiration!
(Photo: Dee River - The Lower Dess beat)