Hugh – inspired by the past master from Gragg Cottage

When I started fishing for sea trout (sea run brown) in my local streams and on the coastlines, I read Hugh Falkus’ book, Sea trout fishing, again and again. And a lot of hours were spent tying the flies from this book. I tied them all. The Medicine, the surface lure and the small double […]

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A dozen flies for the home run – steelhead, salmon & seatrout fly tying

Slideshow with a dirty dozen for the migrating torpedos. Not counting the fabulous Green Butt Skunk… all of these flies are my own original patterns. Most of the flies include, schlappen front hackles, squirrel tail wings and either dubbed- or flatbraid tinsel bodies. Some of these flies will later be made into full fly tying […]

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Autumn – my favourite season

Autumn is by far my favourite season. Not that I don’t like every season that passes though my southern Scandinavian homeland. I sure do. It’s just… well the atmosphere in autumn is special to me. It may be the turning of the leaves from lush green to all different shades of yellow, orange, red and […]

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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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