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…

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

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The original Rakkelhane. Very famous scandinavian caddis pattern.

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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…

X-Caddis…

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.

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The X-Caddis with a wing of snowshoe rabbit.

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

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The X-Caddis with yearling elk.

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The X-Caddis with deer hair.

The caddis & the mayfly…

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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.

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This is the Philo Mayfly Emerger.

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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.