Switching vintage fly rods

I’ve got a bunch of old and classic Hardy fly rods in lengths from 9’-10´ to 10´6”. AFTM classes range from 6 to 8. It’s Favourite-, De Luxe- and Sovereign models. Most of these have a full flexing action – and would in my point of view make splendid switch rods. Problem was I couldn’t […]

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Beauty and the beasts

Tuesday evening I was fly tying with Lasse.  It is becoming a cozy tradition that we are doing a few sessions every winter. This time Lasse was in a classic mood, and tied some beautiful spey flies. I was into a more simple production mindset, and tied 18 nymphs: Girdle Bug, Bitch Creek and Hares […]

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Girdle Bug – ugly but very effective

One of the main reasons that I love fly tying is being able to create something beautiful… that actually will catch fish. I try to stock my fly boxes with a lot of classic and nice looking flies. But… there are a few exceptions form the rule. One of the more ugly looking flies is […]

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Ragnarok – and chaos will rise

In case you are wondering, what the f… this has to do with fly tying and fly fishing. Well to be honest, I’m not sure – but… I got a hunch. I am working on and off on an interesting project – or at least I think it is. I want to make a series […]

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Small stream sea trout fishing

Yesterday while having breakfast I got a text message from my friend Lasse, telling that he was going fishing in one of our local small streams. I considered joining him. An hour later a new message ticked in: This time with a photo of a nice 3 pound sea trout. That was more than I […]

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Poul Jorgensen and a salmon fly

Last night a good friend gave me a present that made me remember a very special man we both had the pleasure to meet and learn from. The present was a beautiful salmon fly tied by the master of fly tying, the late Poul Jorgensen. It was a Silver Grey Stack-Wing Spey – and, as […]

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Hairwing flies and squirrel tails

When I started fly tying more than 3 decades ago, squirrel tails were used in a lot of the fly patterns that first caught my eye. I tied some quill-winged wet flies as well – but, lacking tying experience, these pretty much sucked. The hair-winged flies, however, turned out right most times. I used a […]

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Will the real Woolly Worm please stand up?

If you do a Google search for the Woolly Worm you are going to find a lot of links with hackled flies that are relatively true to the origin of this fly, but you will also find some flies that has only a very slight resemblance to the original. I like to experiment as much […]

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While I’m waiting for rain

September traditionally offers lots of fly fishing opportunities around here, but this year… well the start of the autumn kind of sucks. We’ve had a warm and dry summer, and the rivers are running low, clear and warm. That means a delay in the run of sea trout. I’ve spent several late evenings and some […]

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Tying and fishing the Booby Fly – Meet the Booby Fly – sample from the book

Meet the Booby Fly Top producing outlaw with a catchy name   Meet the Booby Fly It has a funky name, it is kind of goofy looking – but it is one of the most efficient and consistently top producing flies for trout… and pretty much anything else that swims. So effective, actually, that it […]

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