Lee Wulff is a legend in fly fishing and his flies really are icons. I have mentioned earlier that I love american classics. Lee Wulff tied the first ones all the way back in 1929, and this style of tying has inspired thousands of fly tiers around the globe. The style of tying are numerous,but they always have the wing in common. As always there will be discussions on how the Wulff really ought to look like,as with all variants of patterns. I have taken the liberty to change the material for the tail. I mainly use moose mane,rather than bucktail. The reason is purely aesthetic. I use and tie the many of the established variants in the series,and have added a few color variations for myself. These flies are excellent searching patterns,and they work especially well on fast flowing rivers. I find them both beautiful and efficient for a great deal of fishing situations.
The Stimulator is one of the best known attractor patterns there is. The fly is tied in a great number of variants and colors. It can be fished as a stonefly or a caddis pattern,as well as a general searching fly. I use it mainly when the weather is rough or the river runs high. Tie it in any color to suit your needs.
The grey/white variant pictured below is my choice in the autumn,when big moths constantly crashes into the water in the evening. It works exceptionally well in my local river at that time of the year. It is supposed to be scruffy and roughly tied.
I very rarely fish stonefly patterns. But sometimes they can appear in large numbers. If you experience this,you will most likely have a great time fishing. They take to the water to drink. The Dinocras Cephalotes is the largest stonefly here in Scandinavia.
This pattern originates from Staffan Lindstrøm,and it is essential when fishing the great river Rena here in Norway. These are quite large insects and the fish will not let this meal pass. I use Staffans 123 yarn for the body,a mix of organza and antron yarn for the wings. Then use a paper clip and mix a few colors of cdc to create the head and legs on the imitation.
The Daddy Long Legs is a crucial pattern when fishing in Scandinavia. When fishing high altitude lakes and stillwater in general it will also work very well as an attractor. The fly can be tied in numerous ways,with a vast variety of materials,and they´ll probably all be great fishing flies. The legs can also be made from many different materials. I do not think it is necessary to tie knots on quills,but it looks very nice. I have a great little tool for this purpose. Here´s a few suggestions…
This is close to the original pattern. Sort of the classic english tying style. Legs from pheasant,wings from hackle tips and a turkey quill body. I use the thread as ribbing to secure the quill body.
Here is a version with extended abdomen made from micro-chenille,japanese organza for the wings and cdc hackle. The legs on this one are made from ozark turkey quills.
Being an old dj I like to mix things up sometimes. And yes,I´ve got a hang up on emergers and it is again caused by inspiration. The first is Dave Wiltshire´s Cdc Emerger and the second one being The Sparkle Dun Variant. Now,blend in some Gary La Fontaine and you´ve got these two all mixed up patterns. My guess is that these will fish quite well. Hook is the brilliant TMC 212Y.
I very often look to Mike Valla´s brilliant book “Tying Catskill-style Dry Flies”(2009) for inspiration. Everyone who is serious about tying and fishing Catskill-style patterns should read this. The last couple of weeks I have been occupied tying for a local shop. That means tying at least 20-30 of the same pattern every day,but I´m not good at keeping the numbers up anymore…(starting to get old). This morning I just had to tie something else. Tying flies inspired by this style has a relaxing effect on me. All tiers have their own style and their own way of doing things,and patterns develop around the world. I tend to tie my Catkills with a shorter hackle and they are dressed a bit more “bulky”. I also often tie them in darker colors. That´s simply because that style suits my fishing better. I tie them this way for the same reasons the Catskill-style developed inspired by english tying-styles. That is to make the flies suitable for and effective in my area or region of the world,or wherever else I might be fishing. Hooks here are TMC 531 sz.13 and TMC 100 sz. 12.