Amber Softhackle Streamer – salmon and steelhead fly tying – video

I’m a big fan of the late Jack Gartside, and I’ve tied a lot of his wonderful Soft Hackle Streamer. I have used it for decades for trout, perch, pike and a variety of saltwater predators as well. This is my own variations on Jack’s pattern, using blood quill marabou, schlappen feathers and jungle cock […]

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Foxy Squirrel – for early season trout

This fly is basically an update on a no-name pattern I came up with a couple of seasons ago. It has produced quite well, but I felt that it needed a little tweaking to make it just right. The twist turned out to be the use of a silver tipped squirrel tail dyed orange instead […]

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Fashion changes – but style endures

Hooks are the backbones of most artificial flies, and we fly tiers tend to get kind of emotional about this particular piece of steel. Sure… we choose hooks out of practical purposes. We want them to be strong, light or heavy, have a sharp point and lots of other features – depending on their actual […]

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Wool Glo Bug – fly tying – video

A small fly for those fish that raid the breeding grounds of trout and salmon. Dead drift these alone – or use ’em in combination with a weighted Girdle Bug, a Bitch Creek or similar weighted nymphs. Share

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Gold Cayenne Pepper Sculpin – fly tying – video

Spicy streamer fly for trout, salmon and steelhead. I use this one in freshwater as well as in the salt. In this video I tie it on an OPST intruder shank. For saltwater duty I often use standard saltwater streamer hook. For the hook connection I use braided spinning line or light braided wire depending […]

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Soft Hackle Tubes version II

I have been fishing Jack Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer for decades, and I have made my share of variations over the theme. One of the most successful versions has been my Soft Hackle Tube. Recently I made a few improvements to the fly, combining the soft spey-like blood plume marabou feathers with large schlappen feathers […]

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Come rain or come shine

I had a wet but cozy fishing trip with my friend Lasse last night. We were gambling. It seems that most of our local streams have had an early run of large silver sea trout. Not many… but large fresh run fish in superb condition. We had not, though, heard any reports from Lerkenfeld River, […]

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Bucktail tube flies

Winter is here, and I guess I should have turned my attention towards pike and perch now. But… this season is uhm… special. I can’t seem to get my mind of trout, sea trout and salmon. So since there really is not much trouty stuff going on at the moment… at least not in freshwater […]

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