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sexyloops fly tying focus – deer hare caddis

t.z. | Friday, 12 May 2017

Being able to see a dry fly (or any other fly for that matter) increases catch rate. … do you agree? Great. The fish do agree too. Trout in running water might choose predominately by visual triggers.

Some say smell does play a role too, but that I am not so sure of as flies aren´t scented. Maybe the smell argument can be proven in negative experiment? Who knows. Very difficult this. Anyway, I wash my hands before tying flies and make sure my hands are free of funny stuff like ash from the campfire, sunscreen or insect repellant. Insect repellant can seriously harm your fly-line too … so it makes sense to have clean hands when handling flies and lures.

OK, back to vision … in simple terms a dry fly is a seen from above the water surface and from under. Nothing too new here. Just trying to get the concept straight. It helps designing and tying flies.

I really like to fish sedge / caddis hatches. It can be really exciting, specifically the night hatches. Night and night – well – we are talking northern nights – they are bright. The best hour is the “blue” hour – in summer this is around midnight until 2 or 3 in the morning.

Last year Konstanse and I were fishing such a hatch in a stream between two lakes. Even the rises were in the hundreds, the fish were not so easy to catch. The fish were taking streaking caddis in size 16 / 14. I fished upstream from Konstanse and caught on rather dark flies whereas she caught on deer hair flies with lighter coloured bodies. As we swapped spots the catch rates went downhill dramatically for both of us.

We reasoned it to be related to the different light at the two spots. One was in the “shade” as the other was rather bright. On top the fly was really hard to see on both spots. Rather fast water with a lot of glare makes the rather dark deer hair disappear.

So based on this and similar experiences I decided to change a few details on smaller caddis imitations.

To add visibility for the fisherman a bright wing to the top. I use fur fibres from an artic hares foot for this. It increases the flies ability to float as well.

A two colour body is the next “feature”. For the abdomen (body) I use died hares ear dubbing mixed with very little flash bits – all chopped in a coffee grinder. The thorax (head & legs) section of the fly is tied with black antron dubbing in a split thread dubbing loop. Using long stranded dubbing in a split thread makes a very nice scruffy part on the fly.

From under the fly sports the triangular shape typical for caddis flies. From above it is very visible to the fisherman. It floats well and is easy to tie once having managed the split thread technique. Using thin Dyneema thread is essential though.

A lot of elements for such a simple fly like a caddis imitation but it really is an improvement. The material mix also make it a very nice caddis pupae imitation. I tie them in size 14 or 16 mostly. For bigger patterns I revert back to the trusted streaking caddis with a big deer hair wing.

I call the fly the DEER HARE CADDIS … I hope this is confusing enough. 😉

Should the above vid not work – here is the direct link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoMn8wfILQc 

Hook: dry fly hook size 16 / 14 … if possible use a barbless hook
Thread: Dyneema
Body: Hares ear dubbing in green
Wing: Deer hair and Artic Hares Foot
Thorax / Head: Antron dubbing

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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 ….

 

Danish Fly Festival – Kolding, 4. & 5. March 2017

Look forward to a weekend in the sign of fly fishing, when Northern Europe’s largest flue festival opens its doors. The many exhibitors and dedicated fly fishermen who you can meet at The Danish Fly Festival, will all make your two days in Kolding is unforgettable. There can be traded, exchanged experiences, listening to interesting lectures, experienced world class fly casters, testing equipment and not least meeting old and new fish friends.

Flycasters

By the indoor casting pool in hall 2 you will find casting instructors from Denmark and abroad who demonstrate fly casting techniques, special casts and their abilities with one and two handed fly rods. The fly casting instructors are looking forward to meeting you by the indoor casting pool and are happy to answer questions and come with tips and ideas on how you get the most out of your fly casting.
Here is who you can find at the fly casting pool:
Antti Guttorm Finland, Charles Jardine England, Kenny Frost Denmark, Morten Jarldstad Olesen Denmark, René Gerken Denmark, Thomas Gundersen Thaarup Denmark, Tomas Strandgren Sweden, William van der VorstHolland

Flytiers

In the centre of hall 1, you find the fly tying island, where fly tiers will demonstrate their techniques, exiting use of materials and demonstrate their skills at the fly tying vice. The fly tiers are looking forward to meet the festival participants who visit the fly tying island, for inspiration, advice and ideas for their own fly tying, and if you want the original fly, then many of the fly tiers are willing to sell you one of these creations.

Here is who you can find on the fly tying island:The every flydresser (;-) has 2 half days.
This is very nice as one also has time to look around. If you want to plan coming by, here is the schedule:Flytyer,
Country, Saturday, Sunday
Martin Jørgensen, Danmark, 10:00 – 13:30, 13:30 – 17:00
Bent Mathiesen, Norge, 13:30 – 17:00, 10:00 – 13:30
Sean Stanton, Skotland. 10:00 – 13:30, 10:00 – 13:30
Sacha Pütz, Tyskland, 10:00 – 13:30, 13:30 – 17:00
Dennis Skelmose Jensen. Danmark, 13:30 – 17:00, 10:00 – 13:30
Thomas Züllich, Norge, 13:30 – 17:00, 10:00 – 13:30
Konstanse Larsen, Norge, 13:30 – 17:00, 10:00 – 13:30
Jonas Andersson, Sverige, 13:30 – 17:00, 10:00 – 13:30
Stig M. Hansen, Danmark, 10:00 – 13:30, 13:30 – 17:00
Kim Mäki, Sverige, 10:00 – 13:30, 10:00 – 13:30
Jonatan Ternald, Sverige, 13:30 – 17:00, 10:00 – 13:30
Agne Sjöberg, Sverige, 13:30 – 17:00, 10:00 – 13:30
Jesper Fohrmann, Danmark, 10:00 – 13:30, 13:30 – 17:00
Stuart Smith, England, 13:30 – 17:00, 10:00 – 13:30
Anders Ståhl, Sverige, 10:00 – 13:30, 13:30 – 17:00
Hans van Klinken, Holland, 10:00 – 13:30, 10:00 – 13:30
Rob Dings, Holland, 10:00 – 13:30, 13:30 – 17:00
Jens Chr. Pilgaard, Danmark, 10:00 – 13:30, 13:30 – 17:00
Amalie Vinderslev Østergård Nielsen, Danmark, søn 13:30 – 17:00
John Mortensen, Danmark, 10:00 – 13:30, 13:30 – 17:00
Allan Kuhlmann, Danmark, 10:00 – 13:30, 13:30 – 17:00
Louise Nielsen, Danmark, lør 10:00 – 13:30
Andy Weiss, Tyskland, 13:30 – 17:00, 10:00 – 13:30
Søren Præst, Danmark, 13:30 – 17:00, 10:00 – 13:30
Bo Teut Kloster, Danmark, 10:00 – 13:30, 13:30 – 17:00
Rune Westphal, Danmark, 10:00 – 13:30, 13:30 – 17:00
Michael Olesen, Danmark, 13:30 – 17:00, 13:30 – 17:00
Jens Lund Adamsen, Danmark, 13:30 – 17:00, 13:30 – 17:00
Oscar Boatfield, England, søn 10:00 – 13:30
Torben Thinggaard, Danmark, 13:30 – 17:00, 10:00 – 13:30
Charles Jardine, England, 10:00 – 13:30, 13:30 – 17:00

But it´s not only flytying of course — there is much more going on. Much more —
Network session
As a visitor at The Danish Fly Festival 2017 you can participate in one or more network sessions. The network sessions are managed by two coordinators who initiates the session with a short presentation followed by free conversation on the subject. So it is the participants who influence the sessions direction and what will be exchanged in the network.It is expected that the maximum participators will be 20-25 people. Participation will require registration prior to the meeting.

However, they have announced this being a talk in Danish, which will be very interesting, as one knows – the Danes don´t even understand each other.

– check out the documentary about the Danish language here –

 

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.

 

 

New fly in the shop – the Rhyacophila Larva in dark olive

New fly in the shop – the Rhyacophila Larva in dark olive. We have been tying the longer version of the Real Caddis Larva on pretty standard CZ hooks, and they work extremly well. Our top seller really.

We kept looking for a more appealing hook for the longer Rhyacophila  and found the Daihhii 1870 a perfect fit. It really is very beautiful fly. very nice to have in the box as well as at the end of your leader. These caddis type larvas are fish-crack at the max.

Real Cadis Larva on CZ size 12 and Rhyacophila Larva dark olive on a Daicchii 1870 size 14. One will never understand what manufacturers think when deciding on the sizes of their hooks.

Konstanse tying a Rhyacophila Larva dark olive on a Daicchii 1870 size 14. The video was a little test for the upcoming fly tying video we are producing. It turned out to be quite OK. The tzflyfishing tying video will be filmed with multiple cameras though. We think it is a bit boring not see the whole table and the face of the tier when explaining the work. Anwyway, we hope you enjoy the video. It was fun making it.

Rhyacophila – dark olive

leaving ze house ….

or Canon & GoPro

I finally jumped over my own shadow – and wallet – and invested a substantial amount in photo-gear.  So far I worked with a minimalist setup … big word – I used a small camera or later my iPhone for pretty much everything I did. I would say I got pretty far.

I had inspiration moment when I watched my daughter develop her photographic skills. That did build up my confidence that I would be able to make sense of more advanced gear myself.

So I got myself a Canon EOS 700D, several lenses including a 100mm macro lense. Plus two Go-Pro Heros (a 4 and a 5).  The plan is to produce a fly tying video tutorial which works together with the articles of the www.tzflyfishing.no/flytyingschool . I also gained som basic knowledge to edit film with Adobe Premiere.  Anyway – there are a few things to look forward to in the beginning of 2017. I will try to be quick enough to have the movie ready in march so it can be launched at the Danish Fly Festival.

It is winter and it is dark … which has it´s very own charm. I am tying flies at night …. and work on the above mentioned — here´s a small nymph I find very interesting … “leaving ze house” – small cased caddis larva peeping out of the little housings.

I hope you like them ….

Win a flybox with 25 flies has it´s 4th and last winner

The Win a flybox with 25 flies which ran over the last 4 weeks is finished and the last winner was found.

It is Tristan, and Australian flyfisher currently living in Hamburg, Germany

Here are all 4 winners:

Monday, December 12. winner – Greg T. from New Zealand
Monday, December 19. winner – Joe  from Illinois in the US
Monday, December 26. winner –  Dirk from Belgia.
Monday, Januar 2. winner – Tristan the Australian, currently living in Germany

This is very cool … the boxes will go all around the globe and hopefully … sorry surely catch some fish in the hands of these capable flyfishers.

We´ll keep you posted ho it goes and whether personal bests will be caught. We certainly hope all the best for the guys and the flies.

flybox
picture shows an example of the flybox and the flies … it will be a surprise