This is a simple pattern. It is made from spun opossum for the body.
A bit of red yarn and mallard/teal. The eyes are melted mono. Hook is Partridge CS54 sea hook. I think this will do a great job as food for sea trout.
Goby,or kutling in norwegian,is an important food source for the sea-trout here in Scandinavia. There are about 2000 species of these in the world. These are small fish,and normally they are up to 10cm in lenght. They are abundant and the fish eats them willingly. Imitations of these small fish do not have to be very sophisticated. This one is basically a zonker style fly,made with a mix of spun squirrel and opposum dubbing. I find the most important feature of this fly is weight. It needs to be heavy and sink fast. By using lead/tungsten wire combined with materials that draws water you will achieve this easily. I will go fishing today,and maybe if I am lucky there will be some pictures in the next post…
The other night I was at a very interesting presentation on sea-trout fishing. The man responsible was sea-trout/sea fishing expert Asgeir Alvestad,a well known figure in the norwegian angling community. He shared his wast knowledge and experience on this subject. One of the things was the color chart pictured below. The color chart is based on many years of catch records,both his own and a lot of other anglers. This is off course no final thruth,but it gives the angler a good hint on which color to choose in different water temperatures. The chart shows that on low water temperatures white is the preffered color of the trout. During the winter the predominant food of the sea-trout is smaller fish. That means herring,sprat and goby. Asgeir also advices anglers to fish the flies real slow in the winter.
Check out Asgeirs blog: http://www.eu.purefishing.com/blogs/no/asgeir-alvestad/ (Norwegian)
The pattern below will be my choice for the rest of this winter,an all white baitfish imitation. I intend to tie it in many sizes and different hooks,sometimes I might throw in some kind of flash material as well. I will then carry Pantone markers in red,blue,yellow,green,brown and black,then just color the fly when needed. I use a short shank hook and eyes of different sizes and colors. Large saltwater flies tends to be tied on short shank hooks,especially the ones with eyes. When there are eyes on a bait, the fish goes for the eyes in about 70% of the hits. So,out of pure laziness this will be the one fly until the sandworms appear. Maybe I´ll call it The Pantone General…
Well, I am not much of production tyer anymore. I finished an order of sea-trout flies for a customer today. This is some of the flies. I must go fishing myself soon!
When fishing for sea trout in the sea during spring sand worms are very effective. At times they are abundant, if you show up at the right time that is. This is a pattern I have used a few years and it has proven itself both to me and other anglers. Many sand worm patterns are extremely complicated and time demanding, but this is really simple. I find my tying materials everywhere and this particular yarn was obtained from a local knitting shop who were to close down. It comes in all the colours imaginable. I use some kind of glue or varnish under the body and usually I tie it on a saltwater hook. I sometimes put a layer of lead/tungsten wire under the body or I use a bead like the one pictured here. This might also be a good way to tie leeches for big browns…
Hunting sea trout demands great patience and a good car. You also need good flies and sea trout likes shrimps very much. These are two simple but effective patterns. One of them is made with ice chenille and the other with cdc. Just use a clamp for the cdc and spin it with any kind of thread.
This is sea trout food!
Everbody seems to be in zonker-mood these days. Maybe that´s because fishing in the sea is the only option for a flyfisherman right now. Zonkers are really easy to tie and a good start for beginners. Besides that, you can always catch something on them. This style of fly will also be excellent for hooking big browns in early season as well.
This pattern is very easy to tie and do not demand a lot of expensive materials. It originates from Iceland. It consists of hackle stems and then hackle is used as body. You can put in som cdc, flash materials or as in this picture some arctic fox. These ones is tied on a double hook intented for salmon, but it`ll work just as well on a single hook. Go ahead and tie some!