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.
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…
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.
1. Tie in some strands of clear antron. Do not cut the ends at this point.
2. Tie in the copper thread and the floss.
3. Wind the floss around the hook shank. Follow with the copper in nice turns as a ribbing.
4. Tie in two strands of peacock herl to form the thorax. Whip-finish and varnish.
Floss Buzzer Red…
Time for yet another order of flies heading for Iceland. This is a simple and highly effective pattern. It is has proven itself the last three years of fishing on the island. The wing is made from clear antron,but can be substituted with cdc or snowshoe. Choosing hooks in small sizes are a critical matter. I tend to tie all my small flies on either TMC 2488 or TMC 100. I think they prove to be the strongest and most reliable in this range of hooks. The color of the fly can also be changed into an all white or grey midge. I am tired of tying right now…will go fishing!
Body: Black Fly-rite
Wing: Clear white antron
Head: Black cdc (twisted)
“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.
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.
Yet another great emerger pattern, not revolutionary but tied in a cool way. Check out Dave Wiltshire´s excellent blog to see photos. Here is my take of the pattern. I especially like the flash material tied down the hook bend. This mimics the nymph shedding skin.Tied this way it is almost like the tag/tip on classic wetflies. I will also tie this using snowshoe, and if possible compare the two options this season. Will tie,will try!
Matt´s Gnat Possum
Inspiration is a wonderful thing. A few days ago M.Fauvet(The Limp Cobra) posted a tying video by Matt Grobert. Never heard of him and have never seen the technique he uses for spinning peacock herl with fur or other material. I got inspired and carried away. Check out Matt Grobert´s YT-channel or go to: http://thelimpcobra.com/. Special thanks to Mr.Fauvet!
Peacock & Duck
The Black One
The Red One
Matt´s Gnat Snowshoe
Matt´s Gnat CdC
The classic buzzer are probably my most reliable pattern. I have fished this fly for about 25 years. Sometimes I need the fly to go deeper or sink as it hits the water. For these buzzers I use a very small gold head. The parachute midge is very effective when the fish goes on a wild feeding frenzy…
The spring in Norway is a fantastic time of the year. After a long, dark and cold winter we can finally start fishing for browns again. Fishing midges is great fun, but often extremely difficult. Even the smallest fish gets very selective and hard to catch. Sometimes the fish focus on colour, sometimes size or the way the midge acts on the water. It might take the fully developed insect or only feed on the hatching pupaes. Fine and long tippets are the rule. I fish only directly on rising fish. I do not care about the size of the fish, the sport is the most important thing in this game. I have used a lot of different patterns over the years, some stay with me and some is replaced by new ones. In my next posts I will focus on different midge patterns. It is only our imagination that stops us when tying midge imitations.
These are some of my favourite patterns. They are tied on the beautiful TMC 2488 sz.18.