Løvstad fly rod…

I was asked the other day if I would like to take care of a fly rod. The rod is a Løvstad. The model is IM6 10′ 6-7. The designer, Morten Løvstad, is a multi talented man. He designed and produced fly rods in the 90’s. I remember it was s great fuzz. A norwegian fly rod designer. He made beautiful rods with fantastic action and graze. I also remember him as a really nice guy.

This wasc such a cool gift:)

SeraCaddis…

My first post on flies did not go exactly as planned. It has been such a long time that Ì have forgotten a lot about using wordpress. I will return with a step by step on these soon.

These flies are tied on the fantastic Partridge K12ST. I have also used Serafil-thread from The Silk Lady. The thread is great for spinning different materials in at the same time. Here I have used a combination of seals fur and cdc.

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

Dinodry – Dinocras Cephalotes

Stone 5

I very rarely fish stonefly patterns. But sometimes they can appear in large numbers. If you experience this,you will most likely have a great time fishing. They take to the water to drink. The Dinocras Cephalotes is the largest stonefly here in Scandinavia.

This pattern originates from Staffan Lindstrøm,and it is essential when fishing the great river Rena here in Norway. These are quite large insects and the fish will not let this meal pass. I use Staffans 123 yarn for the body,a mix of organza and antron yarn for the wings. Then use a paper clip and mix a few colors of cdc to create  the head and legs on the imitation.

 

Dyret – a silhouette caddis…

Dyret

This is a norwegian caddis pattern called “Dyret”. It is credited to a norwegian fly tyer named Gunnar Bingen. The fly is designed to attract the fish, not the human eye. From our point of view this does not look much like a caddis fly, but if we could see it like the fish it definately has the key elements and triggers.  Everyone can see that it has similarities to other caddis patterns like the Devil Bug. It floats well and is a great pattern for rivers in Norway. It should be tied in a variety of colors to match the naturals.

Hook: TMC 100

Tail/wing: Roe Deer/deer

Hackle: Rooster

Body: Kapok dubbing

Front: Roe Deer

Fast food for hungry fish…

Pupa 1

Dæveldotten or Caddis Pupa 1. This is tied in less than a minute.

PolyamidKapok

I recieved a package from Staffan Lindstrøm today. It contained two of his excellent dubbing blends. Both his polyamid blend and the Kapok consists of a perfect color mix. The Kapok dubbing is probably one of the best dry fly dubbings there is. Some years ago,by aid of a toilet, Staffan conducted a test on  floatability of different dubbing brands. The Kapok survived the highest number of flushings,both with and without floatant!!!

Pupa 2

Fancy Caddis Pupa (because of the legs).

Mayfly Extended Body…

Generic Mayfly

This is a generic mayfly pattern with an extended body made from Staffan`s Polychenille. Here in Norway they will make a good imitation of the Ephemera Vulgata/Danica may flies. Here two colors are twisted and then lightly burned to make them bond. This is a very functional way to create extended bodies. Staffan himself will probably dislike both the tails and the wings on this one,as he would consider it totally unnecessary  and meaningless. I tie these flies both with and without the fancy details. Sometimes they are tied by the riverside,when a hatch suddenly occurs,if so I will make them simple. They usually do the trick anyway…

Hook: TMC 2488
Thread: Serafil/Dyneema
Tail: Moose mane
Body: Staffans Polychenille
Wings: Bronze mallard
Hackle: Mix of Cdc

Renaflua…

Renaflua Rådyr

This pattern is a creation from Staffan Lindstrøm,probably tied on the banks of the wonderful river Rena. He counts this as one of his most important caddis imitations. It is as most of his flies easy and fast to tie,and it is a brilliant fly for beginners. When learning people fly casting,there is no need to scare them off by casting extreme distances. The same theory applies when it comes to fly tying. Teach people easy and fishable patterns…

Hook: 10 – 18

Body: Staffans 123 Poly/Kapok

Wing: Poly yarn/deer hair

Hackle: Rooster

Use a very small piece of melting glue to push the wing post down.

 

Renaflua Poly

Renaflua (Poly)

Staffans 123

Staffan’s 123…very good and easy to use body material.