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

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

Quill nymphs on a rainy day…

Quill Nymph 1Quill Nymph Natural…

Up here in Norway we still wait for the season to get going. Enormous amounts of rain has replaced snow and winter,and the temperature is still very low. I am frustrated and impatient. On the other hand the weather gives me time to tie some more flies,and that is a good thing. These are just some generic nymphs tied with stripped hackle quills. I then use a marker (Pantone) to get the color I want. I use any kind of feather for the tail and legs. Hackle quills are a material that most fly tyers have in abundance,and it creates a lifelike abdomen for nymphs…

Nymph Olive

Quill Nymph Olive

Quill Nymph 2Quill Nymph Brown…

The Mess…

The Mess,a Gary LaFontaine pattern,is probably the ugliest fly in my box. It is the kind of fly that makes a fly fisherman ashamed when tied to the tippet. The fly really is a mess,an impressionistic mayfly pattern. It is created to mimic a nymph trapped in the surface film. I have given it very few chances over the years,but I plan to give it a new and fair chance this season. Aesthetics are no issue on this one…

Tail

1. Tie in the tail,use just a few fibers. Then cut a small strip of large cell foam and tie it down.

Back

2. Dub the body in any color to suit the natural. Then tie down the foam strip. Make sure you leave enough room for the head and the hackle.

Head

3. Form the head using the same dubbing as the body.

Wing

4. Tie in a few fibers of mallard to give the impression of a wing.

The Mess

5. Next,choose a oversized hackle and make about three turns. Secure the thread and cut…The Mess is ready to go!

Ephemera Emerging…

Vulg 1

This is a very good fly to have in your box…

Photo 00 05 14 29.01.12

On those warm and nice summer days when this suddenly happens…

Mottlebou

And,this is the material you need. Mottlebou is simply mottled marabou. It has a great color scheme for imitations of the ephemera during the hatch. Combine it with hares ear for the thorax and a wingcase from cdc,and you will get one the most efficient imitations for this stage of the cyclus…you should definately try some of these this summer.

Vulg 2

Pheasant Variations…

Pheasant Tail 1

This pattern do not need any introduction. Both the pattern and it´s creator are icons of fly fishing, and well known to everybody. The variations are countless, and they are probably all great fishing flies. The Pheasant Tails presented here are sort of standards in my boxes. I find it difficult to choose one in particular. These work very well in rivers and stillwater all over the globe. I do tend catch more fish in stillwater when using the variant with hare dubbing in the thorax rather than the classic pattern. The Teeny nymph is also a great fly,especially in rivers. It is one out of thousands of patterns inspired by this great old classic. Thank you,Sawyer…

Pheasant Hare

Pheasant Hare…

Pheasant Peacock

Pheasant Peacock…

Teeny

Teeny Nymph…

Where did the man (mind) go…?

Where 2

My fishing hats are waiting,but there are still about 20cm of snow covering the fields and well below every night. Today I was planning to open the brown trout season in a nearby stream,but I was caught up in the coffee and cigarettes department this morning,so I guess they will have to wait a little longer. I am really supposed to tie flies to fill my own and the boxes of others with flies at this time of year. But,as always, I get out of focus and start tying something completely different. Same old story,I end up tying a couple of fun flies instead of the 20 Streaking Caddis I was supposed to…here´s a couple from today.

Ghostly 1

Ghostly…

Spent

Spent…

Spent Foam

And,one more…

Spent Yellow