Category Archives: fly tying

Pike season almost over

I’ve now spent more days on the pike fly fishing waters this season than any previous season, ever. And after 8 months since I started this season I still haven’t got a nice sized fish to show for it. It’s a bit frustrating actually. And it’s not for lacking being in contact with bigger fish, especially this past spring I was in contact with several fish over the meter mark but didn’t land any of them.

Oh well, there are still a short span left of this season, and as long as there are no ice I will keep fishing. Hoping these two new articulated flies will do the trick! I was out for three hours with a friend this past weekend, in his boat on his waters so to speak. He’s not a fly fisherman (no one’s perfect) which is something I like because it is very interesting to learn from other fishing styles too. He had way more fish contacts with me this time and all of those was on a copper colored Buster jerk lure. So even if it looks more gold than bronze the second fly below is my take on imitating that lure of his.

 


Chris Sandford’s Wee wing emerger

If you haven’t seen it I recomed that you check it out. Chris is one of the nicest persons you can meet and extremely funny too and as you can see he’s quite the fly tyer aswell!


CDC, quill and partridge emerger (CQP – emerger)

A little freestyling at the vise, clearly inspired by the very nice emerger tied by my Friend Dave Wiltshire CDC loop merger 

Hook: Partridge of Redditch Klinkhammer special size 16
Thread: Veevus Threads 14/0
Abdomen: Polish Quills stripped peacock quill Olive
Thorax: Partridge feather and hare’s dubbing
Thorax cover: Polish quill Natural CDC


Underwater shots

Been trying to take some new photos of flies underwater/on the water, here’s a first example featuring  my own SRM emerger. Think it turned out pretty cool actually 🙂

Here’s the fly out of the water:

 

And here’s the fly on the water:


Caddis patterns

A few weeks ago I finished an article for Swedish magazine Fly & tie about cadis patterns that uses Deer hair. Ther are a few classic ones of course but I also wanted to add some patterns that are not as usual, at least not in Scandinavia. One is the Sedge hog style of fl where you tie in several bunches of deer hair that combined with look like a wing. This is style of fly that is very common on the brittish isles but not very common over here. A few years back I experimented with a simple variant which consists of some CDC in a dubbing loop before, between and after the Deer hair bunches. Looks great on the water and adds more movement in it.

UH CDC Sedge hog

Hook: Partridge TDH size 12
Thread: Veevus 14/0 black
Wing: Natural CDC and natural Deer hair


Deadly four

Four different colours of pike flies for four different scenarios: dark and cloudy weather, bright and clear waters, murky waters and a special gold/green for when the conditions aren’t really any of the above 🙂

 


Who needs bucktail anyway?

Hollow tie flies where you base the fly on a splayed out base of bucktail are perfect for pike flies, it creates volume without volume so to speak. But if you don’t have the correct color of bucktail, then what do you do? You use Bug Bond of course! This fly is a hollow tie, just that instead of bucktail I have used a long fibered flash dubbing which has been treated with bug bond lite and then combed trough thoroughly. Creating the same flexible base to tie the fly over as bucktail would have done!

 

 


Pike flies for the fall

As you all know by now I run a small distribution company by the side of my regular office job trying to distribute new fly tying materials to dealers here in Scandinavia. Apart from it being very fun and challenging it also gives me as a fly tyer the opportunity to try new materials. My main philosophy is to never sell anything that I don’t like myself.

So here’s some new pike flies I’ve done, all with fantastic syntetic hairs and flash from Sybai:

 


Fine hair from Sybai

I let the fly show you. Fine hair from Sybai, my newest favorite material for pike flies. You should see how it moves in the water….

It’s not a black and white photo, I’ve used three different shades of grey and one black. I will be like a wraith in the water….


Ideas, drawing board and live testing

When you read up on pike feeding behavior and talk with guides and other people that fishes a whole lot more than I do it is evident that pike feeding behavior is not as simple as many people will think. My own conclusion this season has also come to the conclusion that pike are way more complicated than most people will give it credit for.

Anyway, what has been proven several times is that pike have a feeding behavior that often are triggered by competition, and clepto parasitic behavior. Other fish that are feeding, or other pike that are feeding, will get even the most stubborn of pike to act on instinct and start feeding aggressively. There have also been some new spinner lures introduced lately (I’ve been told) that mimics large baitfish hinting smaller fish. With this in mind I thought that I needed to design something similar but as a fly.

Using the Articulated shank I tied first a big roach like fly on a Partridge Ultimate predator hook and then added a smaller fry or stickleback pattern in front on the 55 mm articulated shank with a fish skull.What I wanted was for the prey (the small fly) to sink faster so that it looked liked the big baitfish hunted it down, and then on retrieve upwards.

So yesterday I tried it on a short afternoon fishing. First cast: a follower Second cast: fish on. It’s such a pleasure when you actually have a thought behind a fly and it then catches fish too! 🙂 I will see if I can try this more this spring season, I also did a version with a double shank to get the small prey a little further away from the baitfish.