Thistle.As my friends know I’m not a big fan of the modern popular color combo yellow, orange, red, fiery brown and black on salmon flies. There are a few exceptions though where the combination isn’t as obvious and when used with muted colors can look quite pleasing. Thistle is one of those simple gorgeous classic salmon fly patterns that play with those typical colors and somehow gets away with it while being unique. With those double crests and mobile builtwing I’m sure it would work…
GoExpo 2016. It has become a tradition for me to open up the show season here in Finland working at the Helsinki Spey Clave stand and this year was no exception. We had a good setup again with more products than ever before and Markus Männistö tying his pike deceivers which differ in construction from every other I’ve seen.The show was as busy as ever especially on Saturday and the afterparties went on late in to the morning. On Friday after the show we went to a get together hosted by…
An interesting pattern tied in honor of Ray Bergman as the name obviously suggests. Bergman’s friend Phil Armstrong designed and named the pattern and it’s part of the trout fin series which represent the fins of a brook trout.
Known in the Greek mythology as one of the three graces, daughters of Zeus, Aglaia was the goddess of beauty, splendor and glory. This pattern comes from Edward Fitzgibbon’s “The book of the Salmon” from 1850 which was published under.
This is my favorite modification of Carrie Stevens pattern I’ve done. It’s of course a color variant of the famous Golden Witch that we’ve featured before.
An old photo I found when digging through the collection and thought it would be a good pattern to share. The Pitcroy Fancy is pretty simple yet elegant fly and a good.
Ghost Minnow - Step by step. I thought I would open up the tying process a bit of the Ghost Perch posted previously but instead do it with a minnow coloration. The pattern is basically the same, only different colors and of course without the stripes. It imitates all kinds of minnow and fry species that are present in trout streams with a natural shine and translucency. Again when wet the materials become really translucent so the photo deceives a bit making the fly look more white…
Ghost Minnow - Step by step. I thought I would open up the tying process a bit of the Ghost Perch posted previously but instead do it with a minnow coloration. The pattern is basically the same, only different colors and of course without the.
Ghost Perch I’m always trying out new materials to improve my flies. One element that I constantly felt was missing from my streamers was translucency. No matter how sparse and hollow you tie a fly it would always be pretty opaque in the water due to.
Originally a variant of course from the Coachman wet fly was commercialized and named by the Orvis family in the last quarter of the century. The red band of silk was originally added to protect the herls but the way I tie my.
Muddler Minnow step by step Don Gapen invented this legendary pattern for the Nipigon river in Canada. It was supposed to imitate Cockatush minnow which is a sculpin and called a “muddler” in parts of Wisconsin. The muddler wasn’t supposed to be that.
Bullhead Diver I use quite a lot of Sculpin patterns that use different zonker and muddler head combinations. This one is the latest addition to the line and it differs from the previous ones with having a reversed hook and dumbbell eyes.