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Archive for November, 2013

Contre-Jour Photo exhibition

Contre-jour invite
Just a short message for all my friends regarding my exhibition of fly fishing and fly tying that opens  friday 6. December at my studio from 18.00 – 21.00. So if you are around please pop in, everyone is welcome.
Studio Address:
Sliperivegen 16
Myren Industriområde
3718 Skien
+ 4792858609
Kjære venner,
Du er herved invitert til åpning av min ‘pop-up’ utstilling  contre-jour. Jeg stiller ut mer en 30 bilder, med motiver fra fluefiske og fluebinding.

Fredag 6te desember kl. 18.00  til  21.00Utstillingen vil også være åpen
lørdag 7ende desember fra 10.00  til  17.00.
(eller etter avtale)

Sliperivegen 16
Myren Industriområde
3718 Skien
+ 4792858609

Alle er hjertelig velkommen og vennligst ta med deg eller oversende informasjon til andre som kan ha glede av å komme og se.

Med hilsen



The mother of all daddy’s

The mother of all Daddy’s


Many daddy patterns are somewhat delicate and easily damaged, be it by fish, or even prolonged casting, and general ware and tare.  Here are a couple of patterns that show you how to make your daddy’s not only more resilient, but also with added float ability.


Tipulidae or Daddy long legs as they are more commonly known, are a familiar sight both on and off the water more or less the whole summer.  There are in fact several hundred species of daddy’s from just a couple of mm  to over 40 mm long.  Although most species of daddy are terrestrial there are a few that are aquatic. Daddy’s are remarkably poor fliers and once airborne are largely at the mercy of the wind and where it takes them, being forced to crash land on the water, blowing across the waters surface surface like tumble weed, trailing their legs behind them, in some cases even making a bow wave as they blow and skate across the surface.  


The detached body method that is illustrated here is a good way of creating suitable sized bodies that can also represent other larger detached bodied insects such as dragon flies, mayflies and of course daddy long legs, without using larger hooks, that will in turn introduce more weight, which is inappropriate for patterns that are intended to float.  What is needed is a material that will produce the length and bulk of the natural but also added buoyancy.  


The foam body fits all these requirements, just make sure that the foam you use isn’t one that will take on water, like a bath sponge, but a foam of a closed cell type. Dont just try the natural colours for the bodies of daddy’s try bright attractor colours such as bright green and yellow, these will make the difference when there are lots of daddy’s on the water and add an attractor element.


Foam Daddy


Hook: Mustad R50NP-BR # 12-8

Tying thread: Dyneema

Body: Razor foam (colour optional) 

Legs: Porcupine guard hairs or moose main

Wings: Two soft indian hen hackles

Hackle: Cock brown

Thorax: Peacock herl



Place a tube fly tool in the vice with the smallest diameter needle.



Take a small sheet of razor foam twice the length of the finished body size required.



Fold the foam in two.



Trim of a section of foam at a angle as shown.



The length of finished foam should look like this, with a narrower center and widening at the ends. This will give the correct body shape.



Thread the needle through the center of the foam.



Attach your tying thread to the needle just in front of the foam.



Fold the foam along both sides of the needle and make the first body segment with a few wraps of tying thread.



Continue making the segments along the entire body length.



Once the body is complete make a whip finish at the last segment.



Your body should now look like this.



When removing the body from the needle grip it firmly with your finger and thumb and twist from side to side as you pull.



Secure your hook in the vice and attach your tying thread. make wraps until the thread hangs vertically with the hook point.



Secure your foam body on top of the hook shank.



Remove the excess foam.



Bend and shape your porcupine rear legs and tie in.



Select and prepare two hen hackles for the wings. I have found if you use cock hackles that are too stiff they will propel when cast and spin, resulting in a twisted leader! So I prefer to use softer hackles that collapse when cast.



Tie in the wings as shown.



Prepare a cock hackle and tie in at the wing base.



Now two more legs.



At the base of the hackle tie in one or two lengths of peacock herl.



Wind the peacock herl on to form the thorax.



Wind on the hackle through the thorax and tie in the last two legs pointing forward.



Whip finish and remove your tying thread.