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…

Filling the box…

Dun

Filling the boxes for the rivers of eastern Norway. I will need a nice selection of mayflies, because many species hatch in the different rivers.I like these simple patterns. They are easy and fast to tie, and the color variations are endless. They can off course be tied with nice tails, but I do not think the fish will care. With a possible exception of the largest species. Fish in fast flowing water do not always have the time to study the menu…

Some Kind

Sulphur

Danica

Vulgata

DIY Strike Indicator…

Strike 5

Strike indicators do not cost much, and they are easy to get. The reason for me making my own is simple. I do not use this technique very much. Here are a few photos of the process. You can use any kind of yarn, but a poly yarn would probably be best. Secure the thread with varnish, glue or UV. Then dip them in some good floatant.

Strike 1

Strike 2

Strike3

Strike 4

MetalHeadz…

BoxThe “bad” box is starting to fill up. It is full of damsels, dragons, nymphs and metalheads.

Red TagzCan anyone think of a name for this one…? Wow. a brand new design. I think this pattern is a revolution, and I think I will call it Vegard´s Red Tag. Look closely, and you might see me…haha:)

RustyThe Rusty One…

Wooly Blogger 2Wooly Blogger Variant…

No-wing Dun…

Hackle Dun 1

I remember a discussion once about the importance of the wing on mayfly patterns. Off course, in some cases it is crucial, but in fast flowing waters it is of minor importance. Since then I have always had a few No-Wing patterns in my box. I like to enhance the thorax by using peacock herl. For the body I would normally choose some kind of biot. It can also be a good choice during a large hatch, as well as in windy conditions. Tied this way, with no wing, the fly never fails presentation…

Green

Hackle Dun 2

Hackle Dun 3

Hackle Dun 4

CdC Dun…

Mix 1

I have been obsessed with using mallard in the wings for duns and emergers lately. This is an attempt to make a sbs of the CdC Dun. I apologize for the poor quality photos. But they will at least give you a general idea. For this pattern you will need a splitable thread. You can use Dynema, Serafil or Petijean threads.

Tail 1

1. Tie in a tail of rooster or Coq de Leon fibers. Make it a bit longer than normal.

Body Wing 1

2. Now prepare the peacock quill and tie it in. I do not use UV (yet), so i just use standard varnish. Choose a bunch of mallard and gather them to make the impression of a wing.

Clamp

3. There are lots of tools for this purpose out there. The best are, without a doubt, the ones from Marc Petijean, but an old-school paper clip will do the trick as well. Choose two cdc feathers, a mix of grey and black is usually a good choice. Cut them close to the stem.

cdc 1

4. Split the thread and spin the cdc to make the hackle. Pull the fibers bacwards and wind the cdc as a hackle.

CdC Quill 1

Dun 2

5. The end result should look something like this. The colors can off course be changed to suit all mayflies…

Div 1

Barrio Fly Lines…

Barrio Fly 2A few days ago I ordered three lines from Barrio Fly Lines, and today I recieved a package. Inside there were three nicely packaged fly lines. There was also a hand-written letter from Mike himself. When did you last see something like that? I find this so nice and rare I had to do a post on it. Such a nice gesture…

I must note that this is my first encounter with Barrio lines, but I am really looking forward to get them on the water. Reviews from sources that I trust sounds promising. Besides they look and feel great as well, not to mention the price range. I will also post a review sometime in the future…Thanks and best wishes to you, Mike:)

Check out Mike´s shop here: http://www.flylineshop.com/

I tie tonite what I fish tomorrow…

Tonite 4

I need flies. It happens almost every time, the night before going on a fishing trip, I end up kind of panic tying. We can probably not expect mayflies to hatch, it is still early around here,. There will be midges/diptera and maybe some stoneflies. If the temprature should rise, and (just by chance) the sun arrive there might be some Claret/Sepia Dun  (Leptophlebia vespertina/marginata ) dancing in the air. But, if nothing happens on the surface I will reach for the of monsters. By that I mean damsels/dragons and other scary stuff tied in the darkest hour.

The above fly is a “new” creation, and it sinks! Gold bead with extra tungsten/lead. The tail is a mixture of marabou, with a spun rabbit thorax and peacock. It really is a monster! It will definately fool a fish or two no matter the conditions.

These are some  of the flies that will fill my box tomorrow, fresh off the vise…

Tonite 1

Tonite 2

Tonite 3

Classic Buzzer…

Spring fishing means midges all over the place. Both the the adults and the pupaes are cool imitations to fish. The fish, even the small ones, can be extremely selective and difficult. I did a post on these some time ago, but I wanted to present them again. This pattern has always been in my boxes. Besides being one of the first flies I learned to tie, it is also one of my most fished patterns. The colors presented here are my two favourites. The green one seems to be the best in my local waters.This one rarely fails on rising trout…in our times of UV domination, on all kinds of flies, this really is an old school pattern.

Air

1. Tie in some strands of clear antron. Do not cut the ends at this point.

Flosscopper

2. Tie in the copper thread and the floss.

Abdomen

3. Wind the floss around the hook shank. Follow with the copper in nice turns as a ribbing.

Floss Midge

4. Tie in two strands of peacock herl to form the thorax. Whip-finish and varnish.

Midge Red

Floss Buzzer Red…