Kjartan Antonsson – or ‘KJ’ as he likes to be called – is the designer of our new Zelda Salmon flies that we’ve recently introduced into the range. Here’s been working alongside Peter Rippin for quite some time on the Icelandic rivers, both great anglers and clever salmon fly designers.
Peter, one of the original founders of Fly Fishers Group, can fully vouch for the Zelda being an extremely productive salmon fly. Peter said to us, “I can confirm that the Zelda is absolutely deadly for salmon and grilse particularly in the clear, small to medium size rivers of south-west and west of Iceland (the ‘Dolum in particular!). In my recent years of guiding at Kjos/Sela and elsewhere in Iceland – i.e. the years since KJ gave me the Zelda Salmon flies – it has accounted for a high percentage of fish, often when the Francis and Hitch patterns have not been effective.
It works best cast upstream and dead drifted down the river but also swung like conventional salmon flies, especially ‘Icelandic stripped’ (small fast strips). The sea trout seem to love it too and I have no doubt that it will be as effective in the UK on the smaller Scottish rivers”
The lack of materials, in general, makes this pattern a great fly to use in low water conditions. Although sparsely dressed, this pattern is very mobile, grabbing the attention of stale salmon. Here at Fulling Mill, we believe the Zelda will be the downfall of many summer salmon this season, hopefully, one will be on the end of your line!
The Zelda Salmon Flies are available in four colour combinations and two sizes. The range consists of the following;
Zelda Black & Green Size 10, 12.
Zelda Black & Yellow Size 10, 12.
Zelda Black & Red Size 10, 12.
Zelda Green & Yellow Size 10, 12.