Today we dive into the historic fly box, and bring out a couple of American classics: The Boss and the Golden Comet. Continue reading “Boss and Comet – American West Coast classics”
This week I was working in the studio, shooting photos of some fly tying materials. Looking at the photos afterwards I was really fascinated by the beauty in some of the totally basic materials. The warm glow of golden pheasant tippets and crest, the precise graphic pattern in a grizzly cock neck or the shimmer and sparkle of the casual peacock herl. Plain natural beauty. Continue reading “Natural beauty – a celebration of fly tying”
Shrimps are popular among saltwater fish… and fly tiers as well. We have seen a lot of extraordinary elaborate shrimps on this blog over the last couple of years. Some of these are pure art on a hook. Continue reading “A simple but classy shrimp – and one for the dark side”
Entering June means entering summer on the Northern Hemisphere. And to a lot of Scandinavian fly fishermen – it also means fishing for home running silver torpedoes.
Last week I mentioned the start of the salmon season in Denmark, and since then, lots of silver torpedoes have been landed in the rivers in Western Jutland. Our friend Mathias Ibsen was one of the many anglers, that were out trying their luck in the opening days.
Spring is on our doorstep on the Northern Hemisphere. Here in the southern part of Scandinavia, we have been able to fish open water most of the winter. Some lakes and fjords have been ice locked though, and generally the winter has been colder than usual. Continue reading “Spring is here – now let’s bend some rods”
As fly tiers and fly fishermen we are able to choose from an impressive selection of hair materials: Calf Tail, squirrel tail and a parade of furs from fox, bear, goat, sheep and lots of others animals. And then there are the synthetics. All of these have their pros and cons – and their own place in any fly tiers bag of tricks and materials. But one of the oldest known materials still holds its own – and continues to catch fly tiers and fish as well. Let’s take a look at the bucktail.
Ok… we share practical tips on fly tying, fishing related stuff and present some of the coolest fly tiers on the planet on our blog. We’ve even talked about the passion. Today I will talk inspiration. What makes you tick as a fly tier and fly fisherman?
They wander up rivers, streams and even the smallest creeks everywhere on the Northern Hemisphere right now: Trout, salmon and steelhead. In some regions salmon fishing is coming to an end – in others it isn’t. In Europe, and in Scandinavian especially, the sea run brown (called seatrout around here) is the prime target in the coming months. In freshwater this season will continue for 4-6 weeks. After that there’s still the salt. Very often we can fish for seatrout most of the winter in Southern Scandinavia.
Today we take a look at leeches, since some very effective fly patterns do a good job at imitating these segmented worms.
The majority of leeches live in freshwater environments, but some species can be found in terrestrial and marine environments. Most of us probably think of leeches as bloodsuckers – even though most species are predatory, feeding primarily by swallowing other invertebrates. With almost 700 species on a Global scale a large variety in size and colours are represented. Continue reading “Bloodsuckers and predators – leech tying lessons”