Video: How to Tie The Insult

Poul Jorgensen was born in Denmark, but lived in the U.S. for more than 45 years, becoming one of the world’s more famous fly tiers in the process. From 1969 until his death in 2004, Jorgensen was a full-time tier, well-known for his Atlantic salmon flies. But he was also an innovator tier of trout flies, and The Insult is a good example. Although it’s identified below as an Isonychia imitation, it also serves as a great searching pattern. Here is Jorgensen’s description of how the pattern got its name.


In the video below, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows you exactly how to tie this simple fly, which requires just three materials. As usual, Tim demonstrates techniques for thread control, materials preparation, and creating an attractive fly body.


          The Insult
          Hook: Daiichi 1770 wet/nymph hook, sizes 10-12.
          Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020.
          Thread: Black 6/0 or 140 denier.
          Tails 1: Brown hackle fibers.
          Tails 2: Strung peacock herl.
          Body: Strung peacock herl.

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