Spey-i-fication

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What defines a Spey fly? Two distinct features – the low brown mallard wing and the long, flowing hackles, often from a heron. So can you justify adding the “Spey” in from of a fly, which you modify using a long, flowing hackle rather than a more traditional cock- or hen hackle found on most traditional wet flies? And what if the long hackle isn’t even a heron hackle? I’ll steer clear of that discussion for now.

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Sunray Shadow

Otterkulpen

Imagine an English gentleman and his wife, in a beautiful, big Jaguar with two 17’ Falcon split cane fly rods strapped to the roof, driving down a small access road to a majestic, Norwegian river and you have an image of inventor of what is one of the most succesful flies of the 20th century.

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Danish Salmon Opening

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Mathias “Tuben” Ibsen with the stuff we have been dreaming for… Silvershining salmon from the opening day of the salmon rivers.

I’m writing this on Thursday April 9th, which means that there is exactly one week until the opening of the Danish salmon season. By the time you read this, there are only six days. I’ve mentioned this before, but we’ve had the wettest winter since we began recording weather data in the middle of the 19th century, so I’m quite convinced that there are plenty of salmon in the rivers.

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Salmon Fly Tradition

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Photocredit: The Flyfishing Nation

At the time of writing this, there is exactly two weeks until the Danish salmon rivers open on April 16th and naturally, my mind has been drifting towards salmon flies. This blog will be about salmon flies and so will the next with some recommendations on good flies for Danish salmon. But for now, I’m not thinking so much about flies for Danish salmon in particular, more about salmon fly traditions.

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Introducing Angling Scotland

Photocredit: Patrick Tillard @patrick_tillard

The blog this week is about the amazing fishing in Scotland. Two scottish anglers, Fraser McIntosh and Andrew Herkes have started a project named Angling Scotland. We have been talking to the guys behind and here is their own words about Angling Scotland.

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Tubefly hooks

It can come as no surprise that at Ahrex, we like hooks. In fact we like them so much that we’ve made it our livelihood. Which of course is made possible by the fact that you basically need a hook to land a fish on a rod (apart maybe from a garfish, which you can actually land with a piece of yarn, but that’s a different story).

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The Iceman

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Most flyfishers slow down a little during the winter season, even though there is fishing as long as there is open water. Slowing down for a flyfisher doesn’t necessarily mean that fishing as such is on hold until next season. No, personally I like to spend some evenings maintaining my tackle. Salmon rods, lines and reels won’t see you until next spring, so I make sure everything is in order, rods checked, lines cleaned, reels lubricated, backing checked if you’ve been lucky enough to have use for it. The same goes for the dry fly tackle and an important part of this process is also checking flies. It’s just a nice feeling to unpack the gear again months after, knowing it’s ready to go.

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Are old news still news?

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At least we can say with certainty that they’re not fake news, but we do have some hooks that have been added to our current line-up, and they’ve slipped under the radar, so we thought it best to point them out here on the blog.

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