A Soft Dog on my trail

Recently I got hold of a bunch of Whiting Soft Hackle with Chickabou patches – more precise the Coq De Leon hen saddles. All of these had markings resembling the partridge body hackles – and some were dyed in subdued pastel colours. I immediately saw the possibilities for making some beautiful soft hackle spider wet […]

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Natural Sculpin Wool

Being a streamer fishing addict, I find myself fishing quite a lot with different kinds of sculpin imitations. Recently I have experimented a bit with a new fly tying material. I wanted something like the sheep fleece material, but finer in structure. Most of the sheep fleece I have in my possession is fairly coarse, […]

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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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Heddon Pal Fly rods

I have been prowling eBay intensively this winter, searching for vintage rods and reels. Primarily USA produced tackle from Shakespeare, Fenwick, Pflueger, Martin and Heddon. Well a month ago a listing caught my eye. Two Heddon Pal Mark IV fiberglass fly rods in one strike. I set the hook, and a week later I reeled […]

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A new season – the trout is out there

This is my first blog of the year – and I’m opening 2014 with a slight rewritten statement from the old 80’s television series X-files. Partly because Ulla and I during the holyday have been enjoying Mulder and Scully’s supernatural mysteries once again– but mainly because… uhm… I couldn’t resist the temptation :0) The weather […]

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Clouser Deep Minnow

Trout season is over (in freshwater at least), and I am slowly turning my attention towards pike, perch and other predators. Tonight I am tying Bob Clouser’s Deep Minnow in white/chartreuse and white/root beer color combinations. Bob Clouser pretty much reinvented the bucktail jig, and turned fly fishers on to the idea. At first glance […]

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Tying and fishing the Booby Fly – now as iBook

This season I’ve had some great fishing adventures, and one specific fly type has made my day under a lot of different situations. The Booby Fly is a life saver, when trout play hard to get. I have written a book about my ideas and experiences with this fly type – and… finally… it is […]

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Experimenting with Amnesia running line

Today I received a package with Sunset Amnesia running line. I’ve been interested in trying that classic flat monofilament out for years, but never really got around to actually ordering the stuff. Well now it’s here, and I have done some lawn casting with different fly rods and shooting heads. I am freaking excited about […]

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Back when Fenwick fly rods were the hottest sticks in town

The fly tackle business is a battlefield where every tackle company (just like the mad lab mouse Brainy) is trying to gain world domination. World domination, I guess, should be gained by making the best products and delivering the best service and customer support. But more and more often I get a feeling that the […]

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