A help from the dentist…

This is actually a dentists tool. They need to be accurate in their work,much in the same way fly tyers (sometimes) need to. I use this when preparing wings for streamers and wet flies, and in particular when tying Catskill-style. The tool is not expensive and you can probably get one from your dentist. Choose from either the used or the mint condition category.

Why tie flies?

“Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration” (Izaac Walton)

I found this nice pattern on smallflyfunk blog. It´s a size 26…it looks cool!

Sometimes I start to think about this subject. The obvious reasons are that the quality is much better than “industrial” flies,besides you get the exact patterns you want. I have created flies since I was about ten years old. I tied my first Rakkelhane at a friends house and understood right away that something had happened. It was a mental thing, and it made me rush to the local fly shop the day after where I bought a starter set from Turall. That was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with hooks,feathers,furs and synthetics. But what makes a grown man sit hour after hour creating small things of both natural and synthetic material. For me the goal is not necessarily to catch fish. A quote from J.Gartside says it all: “Even if there were no fish in the world,I would still tie flies”.

Ever since the early days I´ve tied flies for sale. My own boxes are always in need. Most of my time at the bench is spent tying for others. My flies are well traveled, much more so than their maker. I sometimes envy them. They go off to foreign streams,rivers and lakes and discover the world while I sit at my bench dreaming.

It becomes an obsession, one never gets to be an expert in this game, there are always new things to learn and new secrets to reveal. Fly tying is knowledge about animals,birds,entomology,fish and nature as a whole. Fly tying is in its own right a state of mind.

This is what I´ve really been doing the last few days…these midges are going to Iceland and will soon sit in the jaws of Icelandic browns. I am sending about 122 midges to Iceland,as if they really need more over there.

Sunday distractions…

The Purple

The Yellow

The Zulu

 The Traditional

Mr. M.Fauvet aka. the limp cobra constantly posts photos of all his very cool spiders and wet flies. This distracts my daily tying routine. I really enjoy this style of flies,but I do not have the time. I do not have the same cool hooks (yet),but I get inspired every time. Here is a few attempts in the art of wet flies. Thanks Marc!

I am planning on doing a series of tradtional wet flies this autumn. I want to focus mainly on norwegian classics.

Ants…

Tying and fishing ant patterns is great fun. It all starts in late spring/early summer here in Norway. When the sun starts heating the forest bed and the stones around the lake ants start to move around. They crawl around on the warm stone often falling down into the water. Sometimes they are caught by the wind. The fish are always interested in an ant. They are an easy prey besides being an important source of protein for the fish. I use several different patterns for this kind of fishing situations. Flying ants are the largest and it seems like the fish prefer them to the common ants. Here is a few of my patterns…Ants also work great as a general attractor all season.
This one is made with standard Fly Rite and a spun body of cdc and rabbit guard hairs. Clear antron for the wing.

The classic style of tying the common ant. Black Fly Rite and brown rooster hackle with rusty UNI. Black flying ant with hackle clipped top/bottom. It is hard to get the right kind of foam for this fly.
Brown flying ant with legs of brown deer hair. Wing of clear antron.

Wiltshire Emerger 2…

These eyes followed my every move when tying this evening, and made tying difficult. My cat could´nt stand still for the photo!

I thought orange would make a nice variant of the Wiltshire pattern. Maybe it will work as a trigger to the trout,and it will also be highly visible. It will most certainly work as general attractor fly, and it should fool graylings easily. I really believe in this pattern. Remember that Fontaine choose orange for the spike on both his emergers. Tied on TMC 212Y sz.13.

Sunday Tying…

20120422-162708.jpg

20120422-162715.jpg
I started a large order of mayflies for a customer today. I intend to complete it this evening. The order consists of mayflies in all stages. This is the result so far…

20120422-171641.jpg

I also tied a bunch of the fabulous European 12. These are on their way to a local fly shop. It has been a productive day…

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.