Timo Kontio

Timo Kontio

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Helsinki, Finland / I do fly tying almost professionally and am interested in Photography and Design. I have a blog FlyTyingArchive.com where I post instructions to my flies and fi
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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…

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…

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…

Markus Männistö's new shirt design at our stand in GoExpo2016.

Markus Männistö's new shirt design at our stand in

Bergman Fontinalis.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 that apparently was a proven bait in the US. To my knowledge it was mostly used for brook trout and steelhead but I’m sure it will catch all kinds of predatory fish. I didn’t have a suitable grey wool thread so instead I dubbed the body from a mix…

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.

Aglaia. 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 pseudonym Ephemera. The book features many fly patterns and as the last patterns the three graces Aglaia, Thalia and Euphrosyne. Aglaia is tied on a bit shorter hook than the other two and is noted as being a famous summer evenings fly.I followed the…

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.

Olive Witch.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. Sorry about the quality of the photo, it’s pretty old and slightly out of focus but I’m sure you can see what’s necessary from it.Hook: Long shank streamer hook (6x-10x long)Tag & rib: Flat Silver TinselBody: Golden Yellow FlossBelly & Throat: White Bucktail and White HenWing: Peacock Herl and Olive Grizzly HackleSides...

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. Sorry about the quality of the photo, it’s pretty old and slightly out of focus.

Pitcroy Fancy (variant).  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 alternative for a Silver Doctor when you are looking for something a bit more subtle.Looking back on this fly there are couple things I’d change especially if I was going to fish this fly. First and foremost a fragile heron(or B.E.P.) hackle on a flat silver body is a recipe for disaster and I would…

The Pitcroy Fancy is pretty simple yet elegant fly and a good alternative for a Silver Doctor when you are looking for something a bit more subtle

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 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…