The best rod ever…?

Every once in a while I fall in love. I mean, I am already very much in love with my girlfriend, but I am talking about a more material kind of love here. I was at a fly fair the other day where I met my new love. Her name is Scott G2 884…This is the best rod I have tested since I don´t know when! This is a true fishing rod. She made my heart beat faster and my palms sweat. Perfect for my casting style and my fishing.

I just had to order me one of these. I have dreamt about her every night since our first encounter, and I am really looking forward to taking her out on a date.

A farewell to a material…


A Rakkelhane Variant. Hackle from partridge and antennas of moose mane.


The original Rakkelhane. Very famous scandinavian caddis pattern.


This is the last inches of the faboulus poly-yarn by Staffan Lindstrøm. It has been a key element in my fly tying since the 80´s. It is no longer available. This was the first modern material I had in my box and is partly responsible for making me a modern fly tyer.

I will use these last inches very carefully…


This pattern goes by many names. That´s why I name it X-Caddis. It is originally meant to be an emerger. A very effective fly and it will do the job in many different situations. It is also a great fish-finder. What material you choose for the wing is free of choice. These are my variants.


The X-Caddis with a wing of snowshoe rabbit.


The X-Caddis with a wing of Cdc and lemon wood duck.


The X-Caddis with yearling elk.


The X-Caddis with deer hair.

The caddis & the mayfly…


These are two Jack Gartside patterns. They are tied to imitate emerging insects. As I have mentioned earlier he used aftershafts in many of his flies. Aftershafts are not the easiest material to use. Keep in mind that the aftershaft feather has a very fragile stem. If you find it difficult you can try using a electric gripping tool rather than a traditional hackle plier. They are also called EZ pliers. Always use a fairly gentle touch when winding these feathers.


This is the Philo Mayfly Emerger.


This is the Philo Caddis Emerger. This pattern also works very well when weighted. Both these flies should be tied in various colours and sizes to match the naturals.