Metal Machine…fly tying tools!

For a minute there I forgot this was a fly tying blog, not a review of L.Reed´s classic. I am really a very priviliged person. I know a lot of very creative people. I have mentioned one of them before, Kjell Karlsen, in my previous posts. He is as mentioned before a highly skilled metal worker besides being an avid fly fisherman. He has the advantage of being able to create his own tying tools when he finds something needs to be improved. He sent these photos today which is the results of his latest ideas. These are unique tools, they´re not in any way mass produced. The small white trays is made of teflon. It is put to good use when using UV-resin. Sometimes it´s better to apply the resin with a needle. These trays  is a “safe-spot” for resin and they are easy to clean afterwards. Makes sense, doesn´t it? You know, sheets or pieces of paper with glue on it, hairs, feathers, cdc, marabou and deer hair… The epoxy-era is gone and besides, these looks very nice and clean. This makes “the others” think you´re a very organized person.  I feel the fly tyer is often like a knight in the service of chaos, so every gadget that can give an impression of order and structure is a plus. Well, some of us do…I will post a picture of my tying bench soon, then you´ll understand what I mean.

The dubbing needles are sharp but has a flat point. This makes it much easier to split any kind of thread when making dubbing loops. Anyway I think they look very nice and most of all are practical tools. The dubing twister is simple, but it it has a good grip. It is made with a strong and durable spring and with enough weight to spin properly.

Remember, Kjell does this in his spare time and runs no kind of shop. He might produce and sell some  But if any of you wants to contact him, contact me.

Argentina 1996 Revisited…

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Back in 1996 I went to Argentina to fish the famous rivers of Patagonia. I was cleaning out a room when i stumbled upon these photos. I thought they were lost. I had totally forgotten them. I had a very old camera at the time and was not a very good photographer. But it brought back memories of this fantastic trip. We stayed in Junin De Los Andes and went camping out by the rivers. It is my friend Bård holding what was until then his largest brown trout. He is holding it in a rather peculiar way. I am tying flies on the banks of Rio Malleo and I had many big fish rising just in front of me. I really wish to go back there sometime…”I was so much older then,I´m younger than that now”

The Klinkhamer…

Most of you know Hans Van Klinken and his flies. His designs are a staple in many fly boxes. One of his best flies is The Klinkhamer. I tie this fly in a bunch of different variants. I wanted to present a few of them in this post. The fly can imitate many different insects and it can play the role of an attractor.
Depending on size and style of tying you can freely experiment with this pattern.
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Here is the more standard version with a thinly dubbed body. This works as a mayfly.

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If you tie it with a more scruffy and bulky body it functions as a caddis emerger.

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Here is one of my own variants. I use it during hatches of some of the larger mayflies in Norway.

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A few years ago while sitting on the banks of the river Rena in Norway I tied The Red Tag Klink. It works extremely well as an attractor for grayling.

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Here with a peacock quill body. In small sizes this is a good midge fly.

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Here with a ribbing of organza to mimic the hatching caddis.

The Return of The Flymph…

There is a lot of talk about flymphs on different blogs these days, so I thought I´d join in. Flymphs was an important part of my early years of tying. Soft-hackles, spiders & flymphs are all easy to tie, they are simple and beautiful flies. The term flymphs was introduced by Vernon S.”Pete” Hidy. I got my introduction from the great swedish tyer Lennart Bergquist. I have not fished them that much the last seasons. Depending on size and colour this fly may imitate several hatching insects. I enjoy the sense of belonging to a tradition I get when I fish these flies. There is a certain ancient aura to them. They are also very easy and cheap to tie, so they are great for a beginner. I also found this great site about flymphs,spiders and soft-hackles: http://www.williamsfavorite.com/

The flies pictured here are the ones that are going to fill a corner of my box this summer:

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Possum Flymph

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Quill Flymph

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Black & Red Flymph

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Hare´s Ear Flymph