Løvstad fly rod…

I was asked the other day if I would like to take care of a fly rod. The rod is a Løvstad. The model is IM6 10′ 6-7. The designer, Morten Løvstad, is a multi talented man. He designed and produced fly rods in the 90’s. I remember it was s great fuzz. A norwegian fly rod designer. He made beautiful rods with fantastic action and graze. I also remember him as a really nice guy.

This wasc such a cool gift:)

Grey Norway – a few shots from this weekend…

FemundenThis weekend me and Espen went to one of my favourite places in Norway.  This lake is the starting point of one of the largest rivers up here and it is full of grayling. The conditions were not the best, with cold water and air as well as rain. After sort of an extreme spring the season up here is delayed almost a month. Due to the amounts of rain the water level has changed to often, making the fish uneasy at times.

Despite the bad conditions we managed to catch close to fifty graylings of about 300-600 grams in size. The pattern from the previous post was the best working fly on this trip.

Fish OnEspen playing a grayling…they fight hard even if they are relatively small.

Fish

DanesOne always meets other fly fishermen when staying over a few days. Here are two nice danish anglers who came by one day. At one point three anglers was playing fish at the same time…

CaddisThere were lots of insects around, but they never hit the water. I´m going back here very soon…

A Pike Classic…

This is a picture of my friend,Marius,holding what I think was his first pike on the fly. The photo was taken sometime in the (early) 90´s. The fish was somewhere around 6 kg. He caught it on an old and very slow action 5 -weight rod if I remember correctly. We fished a local river called Falkumelva,it is a beautiful slow-flowing river not far from my home. lots of aquatic vegetation and nice surroundings.  A classic photo taken with Olympus OM1.

The following fly is also a classic. It was among the very first flies I used when fishing for pike,and it fooled many fish. This is a bit different from the original design. The pattern was first tied by an old colleague and friend named Per Rune. He originally used white strung marabou for the tail. In this the marabou is replaced by bucktail and arctic fox. I find it to be much more durable. This fly can be made stronger all the way through by tying  in a monofilament rib and securing with some sort of glue. It is also easy and cheap to tie and that makes it both a good pike fly and a good beginner´s tie.

Tie in some white bucktail as a tail. On this one I used red Nearnuff synthetics to add color. I also use a little bit of pearl flashabou,but not much. The fish in most local waters does not seem to like to much flash.

Tie in the largest grizzly feather you can find. Do not cut anything from the feather. Then tie in some pearl flash for the body. At this point the fly can be reinforced with glue or varnish. This is also where to tie in the mono (3x/4x) for the ribbing.

Then wind the flash roughly up to the eye of the hook. After this,wind the grizzly feather in palmer-style. Start building up a head using red tying thread,and remember to leave room for the eyes.

Secure the bead-chain with lots of thread.

 The finished fly. Not the most beautiful thing,but it has served us well for many years. It still does! Fish slowly…

National Day…?

It is sort of tradition for me to go fishing on the national day. Today I had another excuse as well. I was testing my new Scott G2 884 for the first time. I have loaded the reel with a Scientific Angler VPT. This combination worked extremely well. The rod equals to my definition of a true fishing rod. It casts with accuracy and rolls over fairly long leaders/tippets. The presentation is excellent and the rod delivers high precision casts. It also roll casts very easy. This is not the rod to choose if you are fishing heavy nymphs or streamers. This is for delicate presentations and delicate situations. The wind blew strong at times today, but even then the combo delivered more than I expected. I should say that I am not linked to or sponsored by anyone. Looking forward to a great summer casting this beautiful rod and this great line.

I also managed to fool a small brownie. It fell for a Wiltshire Emerger.