Nymph of the week – Montana

Montana 1

Where would I be without Montana? This pattern functioned as my saviour in my early days as a fly fisherman. It helped me through the great frustration and despair of not catching anything. If I remember correctly this was the fly that gave me my first trout on a fly rod. The last few years it has almost been forgotten in a corner of my nymph box. The pattern was created for the big rivers of Montana as a stonefly nymph. I have always used it as an attractor, and I tie it in many different colors, even with rubber legs at times. It works great on norwegian stillwaters, and I vary the retrieve from very slow to quick short moves. This pattern needs a lot of weight. I also tend to use a larger hackle than the original pattern. The reason is to give the fly more movement when fished in stillwaters…

Montana 2

Montana 3Chartreuse Montana with marabou tail…

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Dinodry – Dinocras Cephalotes

Stone 5

I very rarely fish stonefly patterns. But sometimes they can appear in large numbers. If you experience this,you will most likely have a great time fishing. They take to the water to drink. The Dinocras Cephalotes is the largest stonefly here in Scandinavia.

This pattern originates from Staffan Lindstrøm,and it is essential when fishing the great river Rena here in Norway. These are quite large insects and the fish will not let this meal pass. I use Staffans 123 yarn for the body,a mix of organza and antron yarn for the wings. Then use a paper clip and mix a few colors of cdc to create  the head and legs on the imitation.