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I tie tonite what I fish tomorrow…

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I need flies. It happens almost every time, the night before going on a fishing trip, I end up kind of panic tying. We can probably not expect mayflies to hatch, it is still early around here,. There will be midges/diptera and maybe some stoneflies. If the temprature should rise, and (just by chance) the sun arrive there might be some Claret/Sepia Dun  (Leptophlebia vespertina/marginata ) dancing in the air. But, if nothing happens on the surface I will reach for the of monsters. By that I mean damsels/dragons and other scary stuff tied in the darkest hour.

The above fly is a “new” creation, and it sinks! Gold bead with extra tungsten/lead. The tail is a mixture of marabou, with a spun rabbit thorax and peacock. It really is a monster! It will definately fool a fish or two no matter the conditions.

These are some  of the flies that will fill my box tomorrow, fresh off the vise…

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Ephemera Emerging…

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This is a very good fly to have in your box…

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On those warm and nice summer days when this suddenly happens…

Mottlebou

And,this is the material you need. Mottlebou is simply mottled marabou. It has a great color scheme for imitations of the ephemera during the hatch. Combine it with hares ear for the thorax and a wingcase from cdc,and you will get one the most efficient imitations for this stage of the cyclus…you should definately try some of these this summer.

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Smith´s Emerger…

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I got this from a FB fly tying page. The pattern was tied by a skilled swedish tyer named Daniel Smith. My version is nowhere near as nice as his,but here it is anyway. His intention is for this pattern to imitate the emergers of the larger mayflies in Scandinavia. This fly will float in the surface because of the cdc wing casing. The spun thorax of rabbit or other fur will create enough life to mimic the hatch.

The Original Skin…

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When mayflies,and other aquatic insects, hatch they shed their nymph/pupa skin in the process.They also have small airbubbles surrounding them when trying to break the surface film. This can often be a very important trigger to the fish. I think the key is to just give the fish a small hint of this element. The whole point is not to make it to firm and compact. I see a lot of flies tied to please the human eye,and not the eyes of the fish. The old skin is translucent and often it still carries small silvery air bubbles in or around it. Personally I think the best method is the one deviced by G. LaFontaine on his Halo Mayfly Emerger. To create this illusion he simply winds a few strands of antron down the hook shank. Be sure to wind them loosly,and never use to much. This has worked well for me in various hatching situations. The second method that I use is just a small amount of cdc hanging behind the actual pattern.

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LaFontaine´s method using antron yarn.

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Alternative method using a few fibres of cdc.

This is art – Sergio Rene Cordoba…

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Since I have been floating around in the world of fly tying for almost three decades now, one should think there is not much more to discover. But to me fly tying is an artform, and art always evolves. I know a lot of highly skilled people in the fly tying community,but every once in a while one discovers some amazing and extremely skilled tyers. Through a fly tying page on FB I have gotten to know the creations of this truly amazing artist. Sergio Rene Cordoba is based in the beautiful country of Argentina. I am sure a lot of you already know his flies and that his photos and flies leaves you breathless everytime. If some of you are not familiar with his works of art, then you are truly in for a treat.

Sergio Rene Cordoba is a genuine artist and totally dedicated to creating realistic imitations of winged insects. Personally I am often lost for words when trying to describe his flies. These are some of the finest and most mind blowing flies I have ever come across. Fly tyers  as well as other people will be amazed and impressed by his creations. That is why I wanted to post this. Sergio was kind enough to send me these photos for the use in this post. Please respect the  artist,the art and copyright and always give credit to any artist. Sergio deserves all the attention he can get as he takes fly tying to a new level…Enjoy!

Sergio runs a website/blog, unfortunately it`s in spanish, but his photos speaks for themselves…please visit his blog at: http://elatadorealista.com.ar/

Thank you very much for sharing your works of wonder and letting me do this Sergio! I sincerely hope to meet you  and your flies in real life some day…

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Why tie flies?

“Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration” (Izaac Walton)

I found this nice pattern on smallflyfunk blog. It´s a size 26…it looks cool!

Sometimes I start to think about this subject. The obvious reasons are that the quality is much better than “industrial” flies,besides you get the exact patterns you want. I have created flies since I was about ten years old. I tied my first Rakkelhane at a friends house and understood right away that something had happened. It was a mental thing, and it made me rush to the local fly shop the day after where I bought a starter set from Turall. That was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with hooks,feathers,furs and synthetics. But what makes a grown man sit hour after hour creating small things of both natural and synthetic material. For me the goal is not necessarily to catch fish. A quote from J.Gartside says it all: “Even if there were no fish in the world,I would still tie flies”.

Ever since the early days I´ve tied flies for sale. My own boxes are always in need. Most of my time at the bench is spent tying for others. My flies are well traveled, much more so than their maker. I sometimes envy them. They go off to foreign streams,rivers and lakes and discover the world while I sit at my bench dreaming.

It becomes an obsession, one never gets to be an expert in this game, there are always new things to learn and new secrets to reveal. Fly tying is knowledge about animals,birds,entomology,fish and nature as a whole. Fly tying is in its own right a state of mind.

This is what I´ve really been doing the last few days…these midges are going to Iceland and will soon sit in the jaws of Icelandic browns. I am sending about 122 midges to Iceland,as if they really need more over there.