First trip of the season…

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Today we went on the first real trip of the season. The weather was cloudy and the wind was strong and cold. There were no fish rising so we tried different damsel nymphs. A total of five fish were landed before I left. Most of the fish weighed around 500g. As usual the weather got better when I was heading home. I guess Ole and Kristian manages to land a few more this evening…

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Ole Petter in action. The fish was around 500g.

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As you can see the fish has not been feeding that much and is still thin after the long winter.

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A beautiful trout…

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The catch and release net is working very well.

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Kristian is about to land yet another spring trout.

Swimming Pupaes…

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The swedish pattern Superpuppan have always been my weapon of choice for swimming caddis pupaes. Some species of caddis rises to the surface and swims to find something to hatch on.
I thought it was time for a change and after being inspired by the works of Matt Grobert I designed this one. The fish can sometimes lock itself totally on the swimming pupaes, even when adults are abundant. I hope this will do the job just as well as the Superpuppan. The key element is the front of the fly which should cause a lot of movement. I don´t think it matters wheter or not you add the antennas, but they do look nice in the box. I think the trigger on this fly is movement.
Pattern as follows:

Hook: Your choice
Rear abdomen: Synthetic dubbing mixed with hares ear
Front: CdC spun with a peacock herl

Humpy…

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I love to tie american classics. The Humpy is a great attractor for all trout. It’s a rough-water fly and works well on faster waters where the trout is in a hurry to decide what to do. According to a definition on Wikipedia the word humpy means a shelter made from branches and bark. It is also an urban slang for a man with lots of muscles. I guess the fly has its name from the hump on its back.
The ones pictured here are tied on TMC 100 sz.14. I also tie it in sz.16. It is not a particularly easy fly to tie,but all the more rewarding. Some thinks it gets better the more worn and torn it gets. The red and the yellow are my favourites, but it can be tied in many different colors.

Elk Hair Caddis…

I don´t think my last post on the Elk Hair Caddis did this fantastic fly justice. Al Troth is the man behind this extremely popular dry fly. Even if I tie this fly in many different versions, I always find the original the best one. It floats very well and is easy to see on the water. This fly should be a staple in all boxes. It is a durable and perfect dry fly for both trout and grayling in most waters around the world.

Nalle Puh…

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The Nalle Puh was designed by the finnish architect Simo Lumme in 1969. Lumme is one of the pioneers in scandinavian fly fishing. The name of the fly means Winnie the Pooh in finnish.  He designed the fly for the fast flowing rivers of Finland. The style of the wings is meant to mimic the egg laying caddis with its fluttering wings.

My tying bench…

This is my bench or work station, if you like. Personally I do not like to mix fly tying with the word work. This is what it ususally looks like at the start of a tying session. It gets much worse during the day. What you see is my beloved Dyna-King vise,the Matarelli whip-finish and what I think is the best bobbin available, TMC Ceramic. I have used the same vise since 1994. I have tried to be unfaithful, but I always return.

Inspiration…

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Matt´s Gnat Possum

Inspiration is a wonderful thing. A few days ago M.Fauvet(The Limp Cobra) posted a tying video by Matt Grobert. Never heard of him and have never seen the technique he uses for spinning peacock herl with fur or other material. I got inspired and carried away. Check out Matt Grobert´s YT-channel or go to: http://thelimpcobra.com/. Special thanks to Mr.Fauvet!

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Peacock & Duck

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MG Nymph

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The Wire

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The Black One

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The Red One

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Matt´s Gnat Snowshoe

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Matt´s Gnat CdC