The Rodmaker – Jostein Stulen…

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This evening my local fly fishermans club,Fluegruppa, had invited tool maker and rod builder Jostein Stulen. He talked about the process of making a splitcane rod and showed us the tools he uses,many of wich he has designed himself. His rods and reels are truly works of art. He does not sell any of the rods. He is simply a true craftsman and a master of his trade. He is a perfectionist and his rods proves that. I just wanted to present some photos from this event…

Reel

This reel is designed and crafted by Jostein.

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The rod to the right is an imaginary fly rod. Josteins idea is that if one were to make a fly rod  in Norway a thousands years ago,with the materials available this would be it.

The creative works of Staffan Lindstrøm…

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By kind permission of my friend Staffan Lindstrøm I will present, in random posts, some of his flies and try to share some of his ideas with you all. To me personally, he is definately one of the most influential tyers when it comes to creativity, discovering new materials and fly fishing philosophy. The photo shows him on the cover of his book “Bare ett kast til”. The book was published in 2001 and it represents what he stood for at the time, and still does…simplicity rules! Back in his early days he created very realistic flies. He even painted the nerves on mayfly wings.

At a certain point he figured out that the trout had a very bad ability to count, besides it`s eyesight and instincts have not changed much the last hundred years or so. That makes the old classics highly effective patterns. It is very hard to invent something new, the revolution and development of fly tying is mainly  in the choice and use of materials. I hope you will enjoy the future posts…

My copy of the book...

My signed copy of the book “Bare ett kast til”…

Night fishing

Staffan`s solution for night fishing and bad eyesight…(The photo is not the original. It is taken by me directly from the book.That explains the poor quality)

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…

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.

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.