First of all, this fly is a monster. I always prefer dry flies, but once in a while a fly fisherman is faced with difficult and desperate situations. That is when I turn to this one. This fly goes by the name “The Beast/The Animal” among local fishermen. No one knows the original pattern as everyone keeps it a secret. This is my version of the fly. I use a lot of weight and I prefer using seals fur as dubbing. Dragonflies represent a real meal to the trout and this fly will prove it…
This fly works better and better the more scruffy it gets. You might want to do it right away. The fly does get a cool look . I use a great comb for this purpose…
This a pattern designed by Hans Van Klinken. He has named it Once & Away. I find it to be a great emerger pattern and I love the use of peacock herl in the thorax. He originally uses peccary for the body, but I had to use rooster quills. The peccary makes the fly look a lot nicer though. Also he uses Partridge GRST 15ST. Any curved hook will do the job…
There must be thousands of damsel nymph variants out there, but this one is in a league of its own. This pattern is designed by Gary Borger. It is by far the most succsesfull damsel nymph I have ever fished. The fly is almost magical in my opinion. Damsel nymphs are available to the fish all the time, but it is during hatches they are most effective. There is also something magical about peacock herl as a component. This fly swims and wiggles just like the natural. The following is what GB says about damsel nymphs:
“Damsel nymphs are very strong swimmers, moving through the water with a strong side to side sweeping motion of the abdomen and tails. They don’t rip along like minnows might, but they certainly show plenty of action as they head from the weeds beds of the lake to the shore, or a rock, or a log, or a reed, or an angler, and there to crawl out before the adult emerges.” (http://www.garyborger.com/)
If you are fishing stillwater in Norway it is crucial to carry imitations of damsels and dragon flies in your box. The nymph is active all the time and during hatches they can appear in large numbers.
I was walking, almost like a zombie, through a store that I had no interest in the other day when I saw very green thing in the corner of my eye. I was thinking bodies for caddis immediately. The thing I saw is some sort of mop for dusting. I just cut one of and burn it lightly to shape the body. Then I use Pantone to add colour. I´m going to make peeping caddis out of this “material” as well. The thing was set to about one dollar…and there are lots of bodies on it.
Yet again I was supposed to tie large amounts of one pattern and ended up tying these. I really enjoy using quill. Today I experimented with Pantone to get the desired colour. I tried to make these two look sort of old and rustic. The above mayfly emerger is my favourite for a lot of situations. It is a generic pattern and must be tied in colour to match the natural.
Barry Ord Clarke is not only a brilliant photographer, he is also an excellent fly tyer. This is his new fly display. The display is made and designed by Kjell Karlsen. He is a brilliant metal worker as well as a skilled fly fisherman. The display is produced in polished aluminium and brass. It is designed as a floating shark hook. I think it is absolutely beautiful. If you have the chance to see Barry at a fly fair or a show somewhere you can also admire the work of Kjell. Fantastic work,guys!
Check out my link to Barry´s homepage to see his work…
Photos & flies by: Barry Ord Clarke
Damsels (Libellidae) are a very important part of the trouts menu in all stages. I have been tying the body this way since I read Gary Borger´s “Designing Trout Flies” (1991). This is a version of his Braided Butt Damsel. I use CdC instead of hackle and I add a piece of blue foam to make it lighter and float better. His damsel nymph pattern from the same book is also a great fly. I will come back to the nymph later.
Tie in a small piece of blue closed foam. In this fly I have used organza for the wing, but antron yarn can also do the trick. The next step is to spin the CdC for the abdomen. I like to use Magic Tool for this process.
Burn the end of the braided line a little. This will stop it from sliding of the hook after a few fish.
Use a Pantone to add markings and colour to the braided line. Then push the braided line over the hook. This will make the fly last longer.