No-wing Dun…

Hackle Dun 1

I remember a discussion once about the importance of the wing on mayfly patterns. Off course, in some cases it is crucial, but in fast flowing waters it is of minor importance. Since then I have always had a few No-Wing patterns in my box. I like to enhance the thorax by using peacock herl. For the body I would normally choose some kind of biot. It can also be a good choice during a large hatch, as well as in windy conditions. Tied this way, with no wing, the fly never fails presentation…

Green

Hackle Dun 2

Hackle Dun 3

Hackle Dun 4

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CdC Dun…

Mix 1

I have been obsessed with using mallard in the wings for duns and emergers lately. This is an attempt to make a sbs of the CdC Dun. I apologize for the poor quality photos. But they will at least give you a general idea. For this pattern you will need a splitable thread. You can use Dynema, Serafil or Petijean threads.

Tail 1

1. Tie in a tail of rooster or Coq de Leon fibers. Make it a bit longer than normal.

Body Wing 1

2. Now prepare the peacock quill and tie it in. I do not use UV (yet), so i just use standard varnish. Choose a bunch of mallard and gather them to make the impression of a wing.

Clamp

3. There are lots of tools for this purpose out there. The best are, without a doubt, the ones from Marc Petijean, but an old-school paper clip will do the trick as well. Choose two cdc feathers, a mix of grey and black is usually a good choice. Cut them close to the stem.

cdc 1

4. Split the thread and spin the cdc to make the hackle. Pull the fibers bacwards and wind the cdc as a hackle.

CdC Quill 1

Dun 2

5. The end result should look something like this. The colors can off course be changed to suit all mayflies…

Div 1

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…

Once & Away…

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This a pattern designed by Hans Van Klinken. He has named it Once & Away. I find it to be a great emerger pattern and I love the use of peacock herl in the thorax. He originally uses peccary for the body, but I had to use rooster quills. The peccary makes the fly look a lot nicer though. Also he uses Partridge GRST 15ST. Any curved hook will do the job…

Quill’s of the day…

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Yet again I was supposed to tie large amounts of one pattern and ended up tying these. I really enjoy using quill. Today I experimented with Pantone to get the desired colour. I tried to make these two look sort of old and rustic. The above mayfly emerger is my favourite for a lot of situations. It is a generic pattern and must be tied in colour to match the natural.

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