Peacock Flymph – wet fly tying

I never get tired of tying and swinging soft hackle flies, and the Peacock Flymph is as simple as it gets. A pinch of dubbing and a soft webby hackle is all you need. The dubbing can be substituted with real peacock herl, which is beautiful… but slightly more fragile. Share

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Green Emerger – wet fly tying

Just a super simple softhackled emerger/flymph style wet fly, that has been a steady producer for me while trout and grayling fishing in Scandinavia. Equally at home in rivers and lakes. Originally I used olive dyed partridge hackle for this fly – now I most often use feathers from the super versatile Whiting Coq De […]

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Black Zulu – classic wet fly tying

The first fly i ever caught a trout on. I guess I was eight or nine years old, and I didn’t even have a fly rod back then. Just a Black Zulu, 10 feet of mono line and my bare hands. By now this fly has followed me through nearly five decades ;0) The combination […]

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The Mallard & Claret heritage

  Red wine most often gives me a headache – so when it comes to drinking… I’m more of a beer kind of guy. But I love the colour of claret. Guess it goes all the way back to some of the first flies I tied and caught trout on. Back then the Mallard and […]

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The Krogsgaard Series

Some of the most famous historic Danish flies are the Krogsgaard Series. This series of flies was designed by Hardy Bros. England – but the British designs were based on a large survey of the insects that were common in streams hosting trout and grayling. Olaf Krogsgaard and J. Kr. Findal did this work in […]

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Soldier Palmer – fly tying – video

Cool looking and super simple wet fly. Besides… this is a variation of one of the oldest flies known, the Red Palmer – which is mentioned by Izaak Walton (1653) and maybe even Dame Juliana Berners (1496). Anyway… trout still love it! Soldier Palmer Hook: Wetfly # 6 – 14 Tread: Black or red Tail: […]

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Black & Peacock Spider – fly tying – video

Classic wet fly invented by British stillwater fly fishing pioner, Tom C. Ivens. This pattern dates back to the early 1950’s. The body of this one should be short and fat, and the hackle spider style length – about 2 x the hook gap. Imitates water snails, midges and different kinds of water beetles. This […]

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March Brown and a bit of humility

When I have been tying large streamer flies… using super thin and strong tying tread I tend to get a little bit too self-confident. I don’t actually think I’m a freaking master of the art of fly tying, but I find myself looking at colour plates in old fishing books thinking: Well those guys are […]

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Snipe & Purple

I like the no nonsense attitude of North Country spider flies. They are stripped to the bone, but still maintain a fabulous grace and style. Classics like Partridge & Orange and the beautiful Snipe & Purple are two of my favorite spiders. On the Snipe & Purple I often use natural blue dun hen hackle […]

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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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