Army of me…

Time for yet another order of flies heading for Iceland. This is a simple and highly effective pattern. It is has proven itself the last three years of fishing on the island. The wing is made from clear antron,but can be substituted with cdc or snowshoe. Choosing hooks in small sizes are a critical matter. I tend to tie all my small flies on either TMC 2488 or TMC 100. I think they prove to be the strongest and most reliable in this range of hooks. The color of the fly can also be changed into an all white or grey midge. I am tired of tying right now…will go fishing!

Hook: Sz.20-24

Body: Black Fly-rite

Wing: Clear white antron

Head: Black cdc (twisted)

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.

Wiltshire Emerger…

Yet another great emerger pattern, not revolutionary but tied in a cool way. Check out Dave Wiltshire´s excellent blog to see photos. Here is my take of the pattern. I especially like the flash material tied down the hook bend. This mimics the nymph shedding skin.Tied this way it is almost like the tag/tip on classic wetflies. I will also tie this using snowshoe, and if possible compare the two options this season. Will tie,will try!

Nail Lacquer Midge…

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Why UV when you’ve got a woman in the house? I realize that the different UV options give a nicer fly,but nail lacquer is always available. Besides it’s available in a well of colors, at least in my house.
I have used the brand named O.P.I for these ones…these are tied after a few beers as well,so if they look a bit scruffy you’ll know why…

The Halo Midge Emerger…

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The Halo Midge Emerger (Original)

Gary La Fontaine was a great fly fisherman. I have read most of his books over and over again. Some of his theories may come across as a bit weird and sometimes to detailed. With the exception of the emergent sparkle pupa and a couple of others I have never really fished his flies a lot. On the other hand, his theories and ideas are with me when tying or fishing. His fly designs are not beautiful flies, they often look strange and awkward. They are effective fishing flies. They are based on what fish see from under the water and what makes it go for the fly. Some of the chapters in his brilliant book “The Dry Fly” certainly give food for thought on a lot of subjects concerning the way we think of imitations.

One of the imitations that interested me from the start were The Halo Midge Emerger. It doesn’t quite look like a midge pupa, but Fontaine states that it is enough for the pattern to simply rest partly in and partly under the water.  Further he says: “The shape of an emerging midge pupa is critical to proper imitation, but it is not the triggering characteristic. The most important aspect of the natural is the quicksilver brightness of the air within the transparent outer sheath. If an air bubble is visible in the emerging insect, it overwhelms every other feature”