Rainy day tying…

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Burn after tying…

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Some find it hard to secure the thread when tying muddlers or in this case the Streaking Caddis. The Streaking Caddis was created by the swedish master Lennart Bergquist. It is probably the most popular imitation for large caddis in Scandinavia.

I sometimes cut the tip of a plastic glove and use it to hide the deer hair. The photos are not shown in the right order in the slideshow. Sorry! You´ll understand anyway.

I must have tied thousands of this pattern. To make it a bit easier I use a lighter to burn the head into shape rather than use scissors. It  is much faster, but it gives of a strange smell! After a little practice you can shape the head in any form you like. I use this technique on all deer hair flies. Just brush the remains of the head after burning…

Muddler Mountain…

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A couple of times a year I go fishing in the mountains. I normally practise c & r, but on these trips I take one or two fish a day for dinner. There is nothing quite like fresh trout from a high altitude lake. The trout in these waters are used to a short season and smaller fish is constantly on the menu. It is not very often I fish streamers. When I do it is usually some kind of Muddler Minnow. The flies pictured here are by no means tied for display. These are purely meant to catch fish…I do not care about the way the wing looks. I normally twist the wing when the fly is finished. When I have caught enough for dinner it is time to turn the flies barbless and continue fishing.