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Sportfiskemässan march 17.-19. 2017 – Jönköping, Sweden

… and off to the next show – during the recent Danish Fly Festival not only Lars has recognised my outstanding language and talk somebodies ear off skills 😉 … Ralf Vosseler, a humble and sorted German craftsman of the more serious kind thought it would be a good idea to ask me to help him on his stand at the upcoming Angling Fair in Jönköping in Sweden.

I had to say yes as he offered to pay the beer and let me tie flies … so packing now to drive south again to see a gazillion Swedes pushing through the isles of the big Angling Fair. I have done this show before and the numbers of people are staggering. It´s a lot of fun and the Swedes are very kind people too.

I let you know what has happened in Sweden soon 🙂

Sportfiskemässan (Angling Fair) is the largest fair in Sweden for angling. Here you meet people with common interests to watch the news, try activities, compete, watch boats and book trips. The fair has strong partners in businesses, organizations and schools. Furthermore, the fair has ambitions to increase interest in sport fishing and promote fish conservation.

The fair has grown over the years in terms of both exhibitors and visitors (over 14.000 per year) and is angling industry’s major annual event / industry gathering where “everyone” is coming!

Thomas will be tying flies on Vosseler on stand D:252


back from Kolding – DANISH FLY FESTIVAL – 4. & 5. MARCH 2017 – fly tier pics

A big thanks to the Danish GFF for again organising an impressive event. It was fantastic and we´re already looking forward to the next one.

Konstanse and I had a wonderful time. It was busy, not as busy as the previous one but still very very busy. After 700km of driving from Oslo we arrived Friday night around midnight and slapt in our mini-camper we call “postman”. We just love our little red Kangoo.

Next morning we had break fast on the house. and wondered around a bit. What a show . So many exhibitors and casting pools and flytiers … it is almost too much to take in. After a quick lunch we sat down at the fly tiers tables and started tying. Konstanse got a lot of attention for her semi-realistic nymphs. I on the other hand showed very very simple flies. It was good collaboration and we were able to show the spectrum of complexity in trout flies.

Saturday evening was crowned by a luxurious three course meal sponsored by the organisers of the festival.

On Sunday we continued our tying / tuition work until lunchtime. We had another two hours to wonder about on the show floor and meet and greet some of the nicest people in the trade. Sadly we had to leave by 14:00 on Sunday to catch a ferry. The tri back did not go as smooth as we hit a blizzard in Sweden, which forced us to stay overnight at a parking place besides the highway. However, we made it home save, but tired. Very tough on Konstanse as she had to work on Monday. Never the less we agree that we´d go again to the 2019 festival, should we be invited.

Below a few impressions of all the mad people out there ….


Eventyrlige Flueforviklinger med Konstanse & Stein

Stein Elvestad og jeg ble kjent via facebook rett og slett … og en av grunnene var at han snakket om denne larven her. Han skulle prøve å lage den, og han lurte selvfølgelig hvordan i h…. disse små føttene lages.

Stein er forfatter og skuespiller på Nordland Teater og har skrevet et teaterstykke som heter “KUNSTEN Å VEKKE DØDE FLUER TIL LIVE”. Stykket handler om fluefiske selvfølgelig. Ikke gå glipp av det, og følg med om han kanskje spiller i nærheten av der du bor.

Men tilbake til disse føttene. De er jo så flotte. Det sies at en finsk fluebinder, ved navn Veli Autti, kom på disse. Kjent ble trikset med de sex beina, via de binde-videoer & bøker fra selveste Oliver Edwards, en av mine “helter”.

Denne larven er flott, fisker veldig effektiv og er morsom å lage også. Det har en ganske avslappende effekt når man må skru hastigheten ned og konsentrer seg fullstendig på denne lille dingsen her.

Min kjæreste Konstanse er spesielt glad i denne fluen, siden det er så “meditativt” å lage en sånn en, pleier hun å si. Og siste gang da hun prøvde den mørkegrønne versjonen på en ny krok, en Daichii 1870 “swimming nymph”, da satt jeg opp kamera og filmet prosessen.

Stein likte videoen såpass godt, at han satt seg bak mikrofonen og laget lydopptak på norsk, som forklarer prosessen enda bedre. Og vips hadde jeg lyd-fila i dropboxen min. Så satt jeg foran klippe-skjermen en liten stund og surret alt dette sammen, mens jeg chattet med Stein.  Vi er kanskje litt selvopptatte, men jeg tror nok at vi kan være ganske stolte av resultatet, men det må du nesten vurdere selv.

En  lignende filmsnutt finnes også med engelsk tekst og tale, for de stakkars folk som ikke forstår Nordnorsk, som jeg synes er en utrolig flott dialekt.

Og når vi snakker om språk og stavefeil … at det heter vår-flue i stedet for hår-flue … det forklarer Stein i videoen.

Det morsomme er at Konstanse og Stein er begge to født og oppvokst is Nordens Paris, Tromsø – men de har ikke møtt hverandre enda. Noe som sikkert blir veldig morsomt og hyggelig en dag.

Så håper vi at dere liker filmsnuttene, og har fått lyst å prøve dette selv også. Fluebinding er en av de flotteste sidene av fluefiskeuniverset … spesielt når det er vinter.

Her vil jeg gjerne nevne at vi holder kurs i fluebinding. Det er bare å følge med her på websiden og hive seg på. Hvis det er flere kompiser sammen så kan det settes opp på ganske enkelt vis.



sea trout flies – KRAMPA  

some more Seatrout flies …

I hope you liked the tying instructions for the “Klympen” & the “Vaskebjørn”. The “Krampa” is another take on the “Klympen” fly. the difference is how you use the dubbing loop. There os other version with CDC, but I prefer to use this dubbing loop technique.

CDC is expensive and not as flexible in it´s use – I think.
Anyway … this fly is also a good example on how this “spilt thread dubbing loop” can work. I would say this opens a myriad of options.


There are many more videos on this fly on the “net” – speciflicly the ones fom Eivind Berulfsen are very detailed.


sea trout flies – KLYMPEN

Seatrout flies …

I hope you liked the tying instructions for the Vaskebjørn. Another very effective, but even more simple fly is the “Klympen” — This pattern can look very different depending on who you ask.

Originally a danish fly named after a fishing spot for imaginary seatrout emerged into something rather different looking. It´s simple to tie and very effective. I tie them in orange, black and green to cater for various water and light conditions.

However, finding the fish is the key … some are having issues and call seatrout fishing imaginary … others (like Bernd & Lars) are more successful – sorry Paul.

There are many more videos on this fly on the “net” – speciflicly the ones fom Eivind Berulfsen are very detailed.

dubbing blender

There is quite a lot of underfur and snippets left over. I keep them in small plastic pouches and make new dubbing with it. How? …

Don´t throw it away. Keep the waste you have when tying. Why? The old is new. Dubbing specifically. Have I mentioned I use a lot of fur, mostly hare, for my flies? No? I am sure I have.

What the hell do you do with that old coffe grinder I am often asked – when people find it on my tying desk and not in the kitchen. Honestly – I buy ground coffe, even though I have a very nice hand driven grinder. Anyway – coffee is essential to fly fishing. Cooked in a small pot over campfire. Brilliant. Nothing beats this. I do not understand when people call it a fishing trip and do not have the very essentials with them … a coffepot and coffe that is.

That is maybe the main reason I emigrated … ze Germanz allow campfire only with permission and whatnot …. different here in Scandinavia. However, Grunde has a good life hack for places with limited allowance for campfire. Some very special pot which has the fire inside and the water in som sort of tube around the fire inside. Very very technical. It envolves a lot of blowing too – but his coffee is among the best on this planet. Must be his company as well.

Grunde working the coffemaker… a man of many talents and incredible kindness.
coffe on fire
my very own pot on fire (in new zealand actually – bringing culture down south) I met one of Swedens most respected movie directors by that fire. the coffeesmell attracted her ….

OK, back to the coffee grinder on my tying desk … I have an old electric grinder I use to blend dubbing. Just give it very short burst. Watch your fingers … and oh – of course keep the lid on when “grinding” your dubbing. Only use small amounts and check your result after a “burst”. You do not want to shred the stuff to dust.

arctic hare foot

So nature has to really prepare the animals living under such circumstances. They need real high outdoor clothing. The area I fish in summer is that cold. They hit minus 40 and below every year. This created a very special breed of hare …

Ice. Snow. Cold. That is what one thinks when hiring the word “arctic” – the record in Norway is minus 50 or so C. That is technically speaking damn cold. Unimaginable cold. I was in minus 27. That was cold. But minus 30 and below is really way too much for me. Call me a wimp if you will.

The hares of Lierne grow really big. I call them “jurassic hare” … the T-Rex of the “Lepus” family. They are very strong and fast and have very good meat. This is why the people up there hunt for them in fall before the temps get too harsh.

Really tough men these hare hunters. Hard shelled and soft hearted amazing human beings with a real good sense of humor. However, when I presented them with the request for hare feet they laughed. They couldn´t see the connection to fishing. It took a few years until they started to take this serious and were so nice to keep the feet for me. They are of course compensated generously for their efforts.

The hare feet are huge. Twice or three times as much material one normally finds. The fibres are really long too. I use it for a lot of flies. It floats well and has a very interesting shine to it. – by the way – you can use thesearch function on sexyloops for “hare” so you find all the patterns.

Since I also had few front feet I dared to dye them. It worked really well. Thanks to all the good advice from the “seals fur guru” Claus Damsgaard Jensen. Thanks again for all the help.

Drop me a note if you are interested in some of the feet. I have few “on stock” now. This is really special stuff.

sea trout flies – VASKEBJØRN

Seatrout flies ..

Red. Red flesh, specifically on trout and salmon, indicates that the fish has been feeding on organisms containing carotin. Same red stuff found in carrots (wonder why rabbits do not have red meat than) never mind.

So there is a myriad of patterns for imitating this type of food. They all seem to work. The variations one finds seem to be mainly based on personal preference … and let´s face it. Once you´ve been standing in the cold sea with the wind & rain in your face for hours without success (we are talking about Denmark here) than one does of course believe – given the angler is able to imagine a take – that this version with feathers harvested by virgins at full moon must be the «thing» itself. The math goes like – at least 6 such flies per angler times the amount of anglers = 1 million patterns multiplied by the years fishing = gazillions

Anyway – all these constructions are based on rather similar principles. A long hackle in open turns for the movement, a trigger or hotspot (mostly red or orange) and eyes.

The pattern today is such a fly. The materials needed are easily obtainable and one does not need much. A grizzly hackle feather of larger proportions, bead chain eyes, a saltwater shrimp hook and seals fur dubbing.

Things are bit different here in Noway of course. We catch fish all the time and getting a seatrout on a fly is dead easy … you just ned a few patterns. One is the so called “Vaskebjørn” (raccoon in english) has it´s name from it´s colors, which resemble a raccoon. No fur of that animal is used in the fly though. I believe name for the fly is also a little wordplay. «vask» means washing and the fly is known to really «clean out» a water 😉 Bjørn means bear.

Anyway – a really good fly, easy to tie and feel free to make your own version so you have something to believe in when feeling really tiny while chucking that even smaller fly towards that big horizon. Believing is catching, you know?

Otherwise just “abide” 🙂

Red. Red flesh, specifically on trout and salmon, indicates that the fish has been feeding on organisms containing carotin. Same red stuff found in carrots (wonder why rabbits do not have red meat than) never mind.

Sexyloops Fly Tying School – sea trout flies – VASKEBJØRN

There is many more videos on this fly on the “net” – speciflicly the ones fom Eivind Berulfsen are very detailed.

chain eyes

Hey honey, what are you in bathroom so long for. — Oh, erm … no nothing. — But what´s that noise? Is all alright — (the man comes out of the bathroom with a pair of pliers in his hands and a guilty look on his face) — what did you need the pliers for ?? — Oh, I just fixed something. —- OK, I got you – you stole the chain for sink lock again. Give it back ….

….. such and similar scenarios happened in many flyfishers homes back in the day. Now the tackle industry has saved us fly-tiers (and future generations of tiers) from such embarrassing moments. However, I still fancy chains found in hotels.

Always carry pliers or better a Multi Tool like a LeatherMan 300. I have lost mine in one of these completely useless and stupid security checks at the airport … what is all this 100ml nonsense about for example? Utter BS if you ask me. And what could you do with a pair of pliers or a pocket knife? Pauls socks are allowed in the cabin … they are more dangerous. Believe me. Anyway, I go along with French Airlines banning swedish canned herring known as surströmming from airplanes. That´s a bomb this stuff. However, it doesn´t taste as bad as it smells … herring … right — sorry – back to the actual topic. Fishing.

So in previous article we covered the topic of legs. Now something similar – eyes. There´s many who believe eyes are important on streamers and such. The easiest way is to use the above mentioned «chain eyes»

I like them because one can balance the fly with them, meaning they «turn» the fly in the water the way you have intended it to. Hook up or down for example. Very easy to use and not expensive (heck even free should you dare to take them from that hotel bathroom).

How to attach the eyes is very simple too, and even easier if you do not cut the the chain before them «eyes» are secured with thread wraps.

Next week we´ll do a fly with them .. I promise. And how about discussing «eyes» on streamers on the board? I´d like to hear all the pro´s and cons.


Ant (Maur)

Summer is here and with higher temperatures the ants starts swarming. Ants are fascinating creatures. For one they actually are able to build functioning societies. … that sentence alone can spark a whole set of books and endless discussions. But do not be afraid … this is just about fly tying. 😉

Ants do feature a very characteristic silhouette with the three round bits forming their head and body. There is many ways of simulating this. One is to fix a piece of round foam onto a hook. many like this. I tend not to have many things rubber and foam around the house, but I have plenty of deer hair in my fly tying kit.

So the elements to imitate are – the silhouette, the legs and maybe the wings of the flying type. So here is what you need.

Deer hair, preferably dark of black. Black is hard to get I found. It is died black of course. If you are into making you own stuff you could stain it yourself. Veniard sells specific colors for dying fly tying materials.

Dubbing – black or reddit brown depending on the coloration of the naturals you find where you fish.

The legs can be imitated with hackle or with deer hair. Rubber legs do a good job too.