Category Archives: Fly tying

Fly tying – The ant

One of the “must have´s” in the dry fly boxes when fishing lakes in Norway is the ant, with or without the wings. It is easy to tie and demand few materials. The nutritious ant living in the norwegian woods are irresistable for the trout and you can fish it almost through out the whole season.

Hook: Any barbless dry hook in sizes 12-16. I tend to use Hends 404BL or 454BL.
Body: Cut foam in a thin strip, about 3 mm, a bit longer than the hook.
Body dubbing: Any black og dark brown, or a mix of the two.
Wings: Acutaly any material that can symbolise wings. A piece from a plastic bag, just make sure to strecht it out.
Legs: Hackle matching the size of the hook. Three or four turns is enough.

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Heptagenia sulphurea

One of my favourite mayflies are the bright, almost nuclear, yellow Heptagenia sulphurea. The yellow sails floating down the silent stream in july are one of the best times to experience as a dry fly junkie. I love the danica and the vulgata because of its majestic size, but that bright yellow mirroring a dark stream is something else. Estetic. iWalkRivers gives you the emerger, dun, spent and an SBS on our spent.
(Notice 1; the color of the spent most likely should be a more rusty shade)
(Notice 2; the emerging sulphurea emerges in its total under the surface and swims to the surface fully emerged. So the question if its needed is totally valid. However, this is our vision of the emerging sulph)

heptagenia sulphurea mayfly

heptagenia sulphurea mayfly

spent sulphurea

spent sulphurea SBS

heptagenia sulphurea emerger

Emerging days

Snow is melting and winther has soon left us behind. Sun ad more hours to the clock. Emerging days rips ice from rivers and lakes apart.

One of my fav hooks for emergers is the Knapek Pupa in a variaty of sizes. For body I use a lot of Polish Quill, just love the material and the colors. Below are three different that are suppose to represent three different emerging stages.

Buzzers in the making

This spring when the huge trout focus on the mosquito larva …

Hatch matched spent

The difficulty of imitating a spent spinner is color matching. Often the mayfly changes in color when it goes spent. A sweet trick is to tie the spinners in a light color, vary the sizes and bring some markers in different colors and match it by the river side.

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Hends 404 BL #14, #16 and #18.

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Vise marathon

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Friday night. The dose of caffein just doubled. An jar of extra sugarish coke on the side. Great summer flyfishing memories in mind. This vise night will be long. Vise marathon.

Mosquito larva

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Hook Partridge Klinkhamer Extreme #20
Body Black binding thread and silver tinsel
Thorax Black dubbing from Staffan Lindstrøm
Back 1.5 mm foam

These mosquito larvas tempts big ass trout feeding on larvas hanging loose, minding their own business in the surface.

Sketch and result

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From sketch to reality, a mosquito larva hatching in the surface this coming spring.
Hook Partridge Klinkhamer Extreme #20
Body Polish Quill Natural with Bug Bond
Hatch effect Crystal Flash
Floater Polish CDC
Thorax Olive dubbing

Pre Brazilian wax

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Dry season is finally over. Not finally. But you always know and wait for the day to come. When the end comes, the new starts. Now the prepping for the next dry season is the everyday reality. There will be a lot of trimming and waxing these coming dark months.

LoFi Mosquito Larva

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Hook TMC 206BL #16-19
Body Orange Peacock Polish Quill
Hackle Whiting Ginger
Tail 0.28 mono