DIY Strike Indicator…

Strike 5

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.

Strike 1

Strike 2

Strike3

Strike 4

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I tie tonite what I fish tomorrow…

Tonite 4

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…

Tonite 1

Tonite 2

Tonite 3

Quill nymphs on a rainy day…

Quill Nymph 1Quill Nymph Natural…

Up here in Norway we still wait for the season to get going. Enormous amounts of rain has replaced snow and winter,and the temperature is still very low. I am frustrated and impatient. On the other hand the weather gives me time to tie some more flies,and that is a good thing. These are just some generic nymphs tied with stripped hackle quills. I then use a marker (Pantone) to get the color I want. I use any kind of feather for the tail and legs. Hackle quills are a material that most fly tyers have in abundance,and it creates a lifelike abdomen for nymphs…

Nymph Olive

Quill Nymph Olive

Quill Nymph 2Quill Nymph Brown…

Nymph of the week – Zug Bug

Zug Bug

I am going to fish a lot more with nymphs this season,and I really like the appearance of the Zug Bug. The pattern was invented sometime in the 1930s by a fly tyer named Cliff Zug. It was intended to imitate a caddis larvae,but I think the fish will take it for a good meal anyway. My version is not exactly true to the original…this is a very popular pattern in the US,but not here in Scandinavia. I think it will be excellent for grayling in norwegian rivers and streams.

Nymphs…

PrebenDrawing by Preben Torp Jacobsen from his book “Nymfefiskeri” (1972)

Every year,when preparing for a new season the same thought hits me. I should fish more nymphs. It usually stays as just a thought,even tough every fly fisherman knows that if we do,we will catch more fish. To me it just seems kind of meaningless throwing these tiny creatures into a big river,not to mention a lake. The book “Nymfefiskeri” (1972),by the danish fly fishing legend Preben Torp Jacobsen, is always a good read. Everytime I look through this book my views on nymph fishing changes a bit. I find new inspiration to both tie nymphs and think of fishing with them a lot more than before.

Yes,I know that nymphs and pupas are what the fish eat most of the time. All the underwater stages are fundamental for the existence of the fish. Normally,my stupidity lets the dry fly win. Note to self: Tie up a good collection of nymphs for this season…And,fish them!

May Nymph

May Fly Sometime…

Hares Ear

Hares Ear (Dark Olive)

Food

Just Eat…

The Mess…

The Mess,a Gary LaFontaine pattern,is probably the ugliest fly in my box. It is the kind of fly that makes a fly fisherman ashamed when tied to the tippet. The fly really is a mess,an impressionistic mayfly pattern. It is created to mimic a nymph trapped in the surface film. I have given it very few chances over the years,but I plan to give it a new and fair chance this season. Aesthetics are no issue on this one…

Tail

1. Tie in the tail,use just a few fibers. Then cut a small strip of large cell foam and tie it down.

Back

2. Dub the body in any color to suit the natural. Then tie down the foam strip. Make sure you leave enough room for the head and the hackle.

Head

3. Form the head using the same dubbing as the body.

Wing

4. Tie in a few fibers of mallard to give the impression of a wing.

The Mess

5. Next,choose a oversized hackle and make about three turns. Secure the thread and cut…The Mess is ready to go!