Category Archives: fly tying

Bug bond does the trick

It’s no secret that I loev Bug-Bond, the Non-tack UV cure resin that has revolutionized fly tying in many ways. Ever since I got introduced to it back in 2009 I’ve used it a lot and constantly find new ways and new applications for it.

Here’s a very nice video from Chris Sandford showing some uses for it, brilliant as always!


Articulated shanks

Late last year Flymen fishing company released their new articulated shanks in three different sizes. I’ve just recently started to play around with it, and mainly with the 55 mm shanks for big pike flies. Two examples are shown below. These shanks adds both the dimension of placing the hook further back like with a tube but it also adds a whole new dimenssion of movement in the fly.

This fly has a body/wing of yellow and green bird fur with white Gliss’n glint fibers on the underside.  A couple of olive sadle hackles and a few olive birdfur feathers as wing are also in there. The head is Big Bond over crystal eyes. The hook is Partridge Ultimate predator 4/0.

 

This fly below has even more wicked movement in it. It has a tail of white Fin racoon zonker with a few turns of grey Fin racoon winded in front of it to add more preasure of water. The front (the Articulated shank) has first a grey Fin racoon zonker winded 3-4 turns, then red Fin racoon winded again 3-4 turns. The front is some lateral scale flash and green Whiting Bird fur feathers.


Swedish sportfishing fair 23-25 March

So this year saw me doing two big shows in Sweden with just two weeks apart. This second one is all in all a smaller show but since it is just a fishing show (thew other one is wilderness fair together with fly fishing) it probably is more fishermen comming than the Swedish fly fishing show.

A big venue and probably one third of it was pure fly fishing exhibitors. A whole lot of more of the big names like LOOP, Vision, Guideline etc. was there along with both a whole lot of shops and smaller stand with rod builders, guides, fish wood carvers and many more. Also there were a high class fly tyers row there with a lot of well known names and familliar faces. It was great to meet friends like Chris Reeves, Trevor Jones, Caroline Emmet and Barry Ord clark again. Also Swedish tiers like Peter Scheffler, Martin Ågnell, Joel Björn, Nicklas Runarsson, “Big Nick” Dahlin, Johan Sterner, Daniel Barkman, Johan Klingberg and more was there. My very good friends Marc and Jeanette was also there along with so many more people that made this a great weekend.

All in all it was a great show, I met a lot of people, talked fly tying and fly fishing with so many of them and had a blast. One of the best things was that I got to bring Kristoffer with me the last day. He sat with me, walked around and talked to the other tiers and had a great day. I got him Barry Ord Clarks book which he got signed so now he has his own first fly tying book ( I will post a review of it later). Also Barry and many of the other tiers was ind enough to give Kristoffer flies which he proudly took with him to school the day after and showed his entire class. He had been introduces to the fly tying family and they welcomed him with opened arms and I was again the proud father ❤

Here’s some photos from the weekend! The fantastic deer hair flies are tied by Daniel Barkman, so cool!


Swedish fly fishing show 9-11 March 2012

So it was that time again of the year. Four days of mayhem, crowds and fantastic friendship. Yep, it was the Swedish fly fishing show again! The format was the same as it has been for the last years, a combination with the wilderness fair and beside the big boat fair. The biggest difference was that the Fly fishing show was more integrated to the Wilderness fair and also that it was completely opened to the bat fair too.

This gave the effect that it was way more weird boat people that ended up where we was, sometimes it was a lot of people there but most wasn’t into fly fishing at all which was a little frustrating. But all in all it was a good show, like it always is, and I met old and new friends and had many many laughs! My tying buddies at my table was Marc Fauvet and Jeanetta Linnarud which made the weekend even more pleasant. We had a great time together! Now in less than a week it is time for another show here in Sweden, the big Sportfishing fair!

Here’s some photos from the weekend!


Soft caddis on the new Partridge spider hooks

When I was at the Somerset show in the US in November I met my good friend Mark Hamnet from Partridge hooks and he waas kind enough to hand me a pack of the new Partridge classic Spider hooks. As you know classic spiders might not be my prefered style of flies to tie or fish with, but I do love the type of flies because they represent so much history in fly fishing and are also beautiful to look at. I’ve had them laying around here ever since and today when I was cleaning out my big fly tying bag I found them and kinda just sat down and freestyled a kind of soft CDC caddis on the hook. If you ask me it looks nice. Eventhough it is not a spider. 🙂

Hook: Parridge cic spider #12
Thread: Veevus 14/0
Body: Stripped peacock quill Yellow
Wing: Three small CDC feathers natural
Thorax/head: Two partridge feathers and three CDC feathers in a dubbing loop.

 


The best tying thread I’ve tied with!

Late last year I started to hear about this new tying thread from Dernmar: Veevus thread that looked interesting. I got my hands on some spools about two months ago and have tied with it ever since. And I won’t probably need another thread ever again, that’s how good I think it is. Not only does it come in ALL sizes imaginable: 6/0 8/0 10/0 12/0 14/0 16/0 and in like 10-15 different colorus, it is also the strongest thread out there compared to it’s competitors. They also have this fantastic thread with a strange name “Stomach thread” that is something that can be used instead of antron yarn, floss etc. and also a perfect thread for pike flies!

Breaking strength per size:

uni 6/0 = around 930g
Gudebrod 6/0 around 920g
Danville 6/0 = 450g
veevus 6/0 = above 1kg

uni 8/0 = around 450g
Gudebrod 8/0 around 450g
veevus 8/0 = above 1kg

Gudebrod 10/0 around 270g
benecchi 10/0 = around 680g
veevus 10/0 = around 800g

benecchi 12/0 = around 450g
veevus 12/0 = around 530g

Griffiths 14/0 = around 450g
veevus 14/0 = around 520g

Danville 16/0 Spider Web = abt 141g
veevus 16/0 = around 430g

Seriously, the Veevus 16/0 has almost the same breaking strength as the UNI 8/0! Take my words, this thread will be the one that fly tyers choose from now on!


Quill emerger

Seriously, fishing emergers is one of my favorite types of fishing. So may fish has been caught with the Klinkhammer special or my SRM emerger, often even when it was no fishing rising.  I’ve been playing with the Polish quills a little bit and came up with this using two different colors of the quills. CDC cover and black hare’s dub for the thorax. This time I also wanted to try a reversed emerger, like the ones Roy Christie does. It’s an intriguing style of fly that looks different and fishes very good!

 


Small head bangers

Seriously my friends, these past weeks has been turbulent. My business has exploded with 8 new dealers comming in over the past two months and that has put me in a tricky situation but I am slowly catching up and to be honest this was kinda what I was hoping for anyway but it has in combination with tough times at the regular job left me with very little time for anything else. So sorry my lojal followers that I haven’t been blogging much lately.

I’ve put some time at the vise though, main goal to tie up fish skull patterns for the comming two big shows here in Sweden in march. I have really fell in love with the Small fish skulls to use for small zonkers!

 


Still at it

So we finally got snow and fshing seems just a little far away for the moment. But it it less than two months until Pike season starts for real and as long as the winter doesn’t get any worse than we are having for the moment there should be open water to fish all the time. So it is more a matter of getting the time to get out (as always) and wanting to get out in minus degrees and snow.

For now I am still tying streamers and most of them are zonkers. The colors and the quality of those Polish quills Superior Zonker strips are just fantastic!

As many of you know the hype around the fly Pattegrisen for coastal sea trout has been uncompared over the last coupe of years, it seems like everyone is fishing it. Some people claim that it is the pink color that is the secret behind its success, so I did a couple of zonker streamers in the same pink color, let’s see how they work for my friends as they go sea trout fishing at Gotland in a few weeks.

I’ve also been doing more small streamer/baitfish pattern for the rivers. I really have confidence in these smaller patterns, 3-4 cm long they should be perfect for trout h in the smaller streams I love to fish. Like this one!


Zonker mode: ON

I’ve gotten into a real streamer mode these past days, especially in a real zonker fly mode! Was trying out the new zonker strips from Polish quills and made this very simple but very nice looking streamer with a head from flash dubbing. How about these?