Getting things done…

When I was younger I could easily tie up to a 100-150 flies of pattern during a day. I cant seem to do that anymore. Yesterday was supposed to a production day but yet again it turned out to be nothing like it. Maybe it is because I don´t neeed the money that bad anymore? Maybe it is because my girlfriend had a serious spring clean of the house and called my name a thousand times during the tying session…Everytime she (or other normal people) comes to my tying room they think it looks like total chaos. She says it is a mess. And yes, she is right, but for me there is creativity in the chaos. I know where most of the different materials and hooks are. Believe it or not…I have a system! One of my greatest heroes in fly tying, Staffan Lindstrøm, once said to me that if he were to have a system in his tying equipment he would loose his creativity. Since that day I have followed that philosophy…

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Ekorrflugan…

This fly was first tied by the well known swedish fly fisherman Lars Åke Olsson. The name Ekorrflugan translates in to something like The Squirrel. The reason is because it is tied with squirrel fur and tail. He wanted a fly that could last many fish and casts, and he wanted it to have a certain nordic connection. In his book “Flugfiske i fjallen” he says there are many situations that call for a rather large dry fly. Especially when the water level is high or rising and there are few caddis flying about. In the mountains of Scandinavia the weather conditions are very often harsh for insects,fish and fishermen. A large caddis pattern like this may fool the fish to a rise even during a shower.It also serves well as a fish finder. This is the favourite pattern for many high altitude anglers. Besides,the scientific name for caddis is Trichoptera (from Greek) wich means “hair wing”. The Ekorrflugan is just that, a hair wing fly…It is no beauty, but it fools the trout!