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Pattern combos

I’ve been writing an article on Stimulator flies these last few days and remembered a fly that I fished a few years back which was like a combo of different patterns combined. I am gonna do more on that topic (combining patterns) later. But for now here’s the Irresistible Elk-ulator!

Hook: Partridge GRS12ST
Thread: Veevus 12/0 cream
Tail: Natural Elk
Abdomen: Tightly packed and trimmed natural deer hair
Body hackle: Grizzly
Wing: Natural Elk
Thorax: Grey super fine dry fly dubbing
Thorax hackle: Grizzly

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Pike and dry fly trout fishing in the same trip

After a summer that so far hasn’t involved much more fishing than three trips to my local waters with the kids for pike and perch fishing I all of a sudden find myself on the road for a small fishing trip up to Dalarna about 30 km north of me. Tuesday afternoon and evening was to be spent fly fishing for pike in one of the largest river in Sweden, the might Dalälven! I’ve been talking to Tommy Lönnebacke that works as a guide up there for some time now to come fish with him and finally I got the chance. The conditions were however a little too good, sunny weather and no wind at all made it very hard. We had about six strikes that we missed all of them and it seamed we only had one shot at each fish. Anyway, there were some of the nicest pike waters I have ever fished and I will be back this autumn when the fishing is at its peak. Here’s a few photos from that evening:ImageImageImage

On wednesday morning I jumped in the car early and drove an hour to meet up my good friend Niklas Dahlin (http://mulhonken.blogspot.se/) for some dry fly fishing in a little forest river outside Falun. It’s a private stretch of the river owned by a fishing community of about 50 fishermen, I was lucky to be able to come as a guest.

The river flows beautifully trough the woods, it’s challenging and wild and you really need those switch casts to be able to cast at all in many places. We were struck with heavy rain for about two hours before lunch but eventually iut cleared in the afternoon for nice and sunny weather. I had a blast and caught three trouts and two rainbows, the biggest at about 1 kg. It was a great day, a beautiful river with beautiful fish in it. The were rising a lot but there were still not just picking them, I had one trout that I cast about 30 cast on with almost the same amount of flies but it refused to take anything. I’ll definitely try and go back there if I get the chance!

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Back tying

So after quiet a long break from fly tying (and blogging) I’ve been back at the tying vise for real now since a couple of weeks back. June and July I’ve spent much more photographing than fly tying and unfortunately fishing. But now both tying and fishing is back on the agenda again. Some of the first flies I tied last week was my SRM emerger and a little freestyle CDC dark mayfly thingy… sort of 🙂

It’s good to be back tying and feeling happy about it too!

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The CDC mayfly uses my favorite UV-cured resin Bug Bond in three different ways; as cover of the quill body, as a divider of the wings and on the underside of the thorax. Little things that make this material (still) one of my fav things to work with!

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Sorry, I’ve been fishing

It actually feels good to say it. I am sorry for not blogging much lately, I’ve been having one of my longest spring seasons for pike ever. Today I was out on my thirteenth fishing spring. Fishing have been hard and the season have been weird. But fishing this many days have gotten me a lot of ideas for the future. More on this later, I need to prepare for the next fishing 🙂


Fish your fly all the way

Last weekend I had our annual pike fishing trip, more on that misfortune later. I’ve been bringing the video cam along my last few outings trying to catch a little pike fly fishing action. On this little clip you can see me doing a classic mistake, not fishing quite all the way in. On numerous occasions I’ve had Pike take the fly just by my feet and it always pays of to fish the fly right to the shore. You can see here that just as I lift the rod to cast again it looks like the fly gets stuck, well it gets stuck in the mouth of a nice pike. Naturally I didn’t hook it, and my reaction is a little late 🙂


A love story for the haters

I am in love.

I’ve been in love since I was about three years old, or rather it was  a fling until I was seven, then I f ell in love for real and it is a life long love story.

I think about my love every day, when I wake in the morning and when I go to sleep. I look at photos of my love, and long til we meet next time.

No, I don’t have a trout stream behind my house so that I can fish everyday after work.
No, am not single without kids so that I can just drop everything and go fishing whenever I want.
And no, I can’t go fishing every weekend like I want to.
And no I can’t go fishing all summer.
And no I can’t afford to go away abroad on 3-4 weeks fishing trips.

Do this mean I don’t qualify as a real fisherman? Do this mean that I don’t count and that my opinions don’t count? Does it really mean that I am to be excluded from some sort of fishing community? I sure hope not.

Do I wish I could do all those things I can’t? Of course, but my life situation don’t allow it. My kids mean everything to me, and I wouldn’t change this for the world but that doesn’t mean I don’t suffer from not being able to do what I love the most; fishing.

I’ve seen people start fishing and then after 4-5 years go on to try something else. I started fishing when I was 3 years old, and frankly I have gotten to love it more and more the older I get. Last year I had 26 fishing days, at least that average a day of fishing every other week, not close to some people but it was what I could manage. Does that make me a fake fly fisherman? Is it only the amount of fishing days that will judge as a proof if you love fly fishing or not?

I love fly fishing, I love the way of the /:Fly:/ and I love the camaraderie that I get from my true fishing friends.

Last but not least, I love fly tying too. I really do, but it is nothing but a bleak imposer when it is compared to the love I have for the fishing. Don’t you forget that.

I am in love, and I suffer because it has been two months since I last met with the love of my life.

For all the non believers and haters: I got nothing but love for you.


It’s not slow

It’s not that I’ve nothing to blog about. It’s a matter of not having a good tool to blog with! The screen to my laptop broke down three weeks ago and now I have an external screen to it but I have no good place to have it so I end up using it just when I really need to 😦

Will try to get hold of a used laptop soon but until then I might not be able to post as frequently as I want to. Sorry.