Late last night I tied this one. It’s most likely been done before, but I can’t remember seeing in this way. I think of this primarily as a baitfish and I wanted to it as a big one. It will probably do great as an imitation of different worms (N: Børstemark) Rabbit zonkers tend to get very heavy, but when tied in this style it will not be too heavily dressed. I guess a cone head in front would be great also. Hook is Mustad C52S sz.2. Use any color of rabbit strips.
First tie in the selected rabbit strip for the back. Secure it with varnish or glue. Remember to leave enough on both ends.
Now select the main color of the body. Use a paper clip as shown. Do not use to much at the time. I use a split thread. There are several brands out there. Mine comes from The Silk Lady(Staffan Lindstrom).
Spin the fur and start winding. Pull back the hairs as you tie it in. Use a brush.
Select the collar fur and repeat.
Time to tie in the back strip and finish the fly.
There are thousands of variants of the Wooly Bugger out there. Here is one more. I tie this one for sea trout. This pattern is essential in your box. This post is also a test using the ipad for photos. It’s not a real sbs, but I want to see if it works.
Tie in a good bunch of marabou. Adjust the lenght and tie in a piece of mono (thin). The mono will be used for securing the hackle later. I use mottled marabou for this one. Thread is red UNI.
Prepare the hackle as shown in here. I use a hackle from the back of a grizzly-neck.
Tie the hackle tip down and secure with some varnish.
Dub the body with dubbing of choice. I use uv ice dubbing here. Remember to leave room for the eyes in front. Tie in the bead chain eyes.
Wrap the hackle evenly and follow with the mono. Try not to tie down to many hackle fibers. It can be fixed later, but still. I use epoxy for the head of the fly.
My first post on flies did not go exactly as planned. It has been such a long time that Ì have forgotten a lot about using wordpress. I will return with a step by step on these soon.
These flies are tied on the fantastic Partridge K12ST. I have also used Serafil-thread from The Silk Lady. The thread is great for spinning different materials in at the same time. Here I have used a combination of seals fur and cdc.
This weekend me and Espen went to one of my favourite places in Norway. This lake is the starting point of one of the largest rivers up here and it is full of grayling. The conditions were not the best, with cold water and air as well as rain. After sort of an extreme spring the season up here is delayed almost a month. Due to the amounts of rain the water level has changed to often, making the fish uneasy at times.
Despite the bad conditions we managed to catch close to fifty graylings of about 300-600 grams in size. The pattern from the previous post was the best working fly on this trip.
Espen playing a grayling…they fight hard even if they are relatively small.
One always meets other fly fishermen when staying over a few days. Here are two nice danish anglers who came by one day. At one point three anglers was playing fish at the same time…
There were lots of insects around, but they never hit the water. I´m going back here very soon…
Strike indicators do not cost much, and they are easy to get. The reason for me making my own is simple. I do not use this technique very much. Here are a few photos of the process. You can use any kind of yarn, but a poly yarn would probably be best. Secure the thread with varnish, glue or UV. Then dip them in some good floatant.
The “bad” box is starting to fill up. It is full of damsels, dragons, nymphs and metalheads.
Can anyone think of a name for this one…? Wow. a brand new design. I think this pattern is a revolution, and I think I will call it Vegard´s Red Tag. Look closely, and you might see me…haha:)
The Rusty One…
Wooly Blogger Variant…