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TK FLIES 

A fly is not just a fly, and the fly creations from our ambassador, Thomas Kjelgaard, substantiate that fact. Thomas is an exceptional salmon- and sea trout angler, and also a unique fly tier. Thomas has spent most of his life around water and it is very clear to me that he observes water, colors and currents in a very different way compared to most fly anglers. This gives him a huge advantage when it comes to creating “fly-fishing” flies.

The TK flies might “look” like other flies, but trust me, they are truly different. What is special about his flies is that they are remarkably and carefully balanced when it comes to weight/colors and choice of material. They are all customized to serve a purpose and to be a “swimmer”. You can say that Thomas truly remedies the deficiencies in a fly and lifts fly-design to a whole other level. 

Although the flies in TK’s fly series were originally designed for Danish salmon- and sea trout fishing, they have demonstrated themselves to be extremely efficient in many of the rivers around the world where salmon and sea trout are the target. This is especially true with regards to streams and rivers with slower current and darker riverbeds. In this range of flies, there are two types of flies, the zonker pattern and the shrimp pattern.

TK shrimp flies are unique, as no matter how they are presented they seem to “fish” right away. In other words, regardless of current conditions and the angle of the cast, this fly design has proven itself to be attractive as soon as it starts moving through the different water columns. A truly effective pattern that has often made a crucial difference on days where the salmon or sea trout have not been active – especially during low to medium water conditions.

TK zonker flies have a fly pattern that has demonstrated to be exceptionally effective for salmon- and sea trout fishing throughout the whole season. The zonker fly was originally designed in the 1970’s by Mr. Dan Byford and was created for saltwater fishing. Therefore the TK zonker flies are quite different from the original zonker flies – and furthermore, they can be fished effectively even in places where there is very low current. TK zonker flies are especially productive when the water conditions are medium to high and you find the fish next to the current.

We recommend the use of Salmo focal point beads and Pro hook guides for best performance.

P.S.: All Thomas Kjelgaard’s flies are tied by the professional Danish fly tier Martin Votborg, and therefore maintains a standard of high quality, in both material and workmanship.                 


TK #1, Sunburst & Black – medium

Season: From start to end season, especially with shifting light conditions. This fly also works well when there is direct sun on the water.  This will always be a safe early season choice. 

Water conditions: Medium to high

Hook size: #8 #10

For line weight: From 18 grams/278 grains and up

Salmo focal point: Red

Pro hook guide: Clear

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TK #2, Orange & Black – medium

Season: From mid-season to the end of the season, in dark surroundings. Also when the water is misty or if you have a dark riverbed. A fantastic fly to use in the fall. 

Water conditions: Medium to high

Hook size: #8 #10

For line weight: From 18 grams/278 grains and up

Salmo focal point: Red

Pro hook guide: Black

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TK #3, Black & Purple – medium

Season:   This is a great pattern for late evening or early morning, and also when it is cloudy and drizzling. A good fly for the whole season.

Water conditions:  Low to high

Hook size:  #8 #10 

Line weight:  18 grams/278 grains and up

Salmo focal point: Red

Pro hook guide: Black

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TK #4, Pheasant Shrimp – medium

Season:  Great for the whole season. This fly has proven to be very effective under all conditions, especially in clear water. A great choice if you are in doubt.

Water conditions: Low to medium

Hook size:  #10 

Line weight: 18 grams/278 grains and up

Salmo Focal point: Red

Pro hook guide: Clear

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TK #5, Pink Shrimp – medium

Season:  This fly can really trigger salmon and sea trout. Remarkably effective when the water is cold, and when salmon or sea trout have been in the river for a while. It is especially effective from the middle to the end of the season, when it is slightly colored water. 

Water conditions: Low to medium

Hook size:  #8 #10

Line weight: 18 grams/278 grains and up

Salmo focal point: Red

Pro hook guide: Black

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TK #6, Sunburst Shrimp – medium

Season:  From the start to the middle of the season. When there are fresh salmon in the river and new ones running into the river. Sunburst has shown to be a very successful color during early season.

Water conditions: Low to medium

Hook size:  #8 #10

Line weight: 18 grams/278 grains and up

Salmo focal point: Orange

Pro hook guide: Clear

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