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The aim of this blog is to connect fly-tyers all over the world, to share, techniques, patterns, information and knowledge.

Archive for November, 2016

Daddy’s legs

This is an old but still good and quick method for tying the knots in pheasant tail fibres for crane fly and hopper legs. Its like riding a bike once learnt never forgotten!

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Tying the Hatching midge

A very simple pattern with a not so well know hackling technique, try this pattern and I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

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Spinning deer hair in a dubbing loop

Another deer hair technique that shows you how to make spun deer hair bodies with the use of a dubbing loop.

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Tying the Poly weld para.

This is yet another parachute technique with a twist! A very satisfying method of finishing a traditional parachute hackle that also equips the pattern with a quick sight indicator.

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Improving your hackle pliers!

This is a priceless little trick for improving the grip of most hackle pliers substantially!

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Beauty and the Beast, Tying the Dyret

 

This pattern has proved itself now over many years and has become a must have pattern for most trout and grayling fishermen in Scandinavia.

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A new batch of sculls now available…

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The feather benders home grown and hand crafted fly tyers wax scull’s.

It’s not that long ago that pre-waxed tying thread was not readily available, and tyers, especially of the more classic stile patterns resorted to various types of wax to make tying more easy and the natural threads such as cotton and silk more durable. Because the majority of tying threads available today are pre-waxed, the practice of waxing your own tying thread has been somewhat neglected or almost forgotten for most fly tyers.

Apart from the obvious advantages as mentioned above, waxing your own thread makes easy work of applying and attaching materials to the hook, creating better friction between thread and material and anchoring them in place with only a couple of wraps of thread. Its also extremely useful when dubbing, if a little is applied to the thread before spinning your dubbing it will render the thread ‘Tacky’ and make the adhering of the dubbing material easier.

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After recently starting keeping bees, primarily for honey production, I have also a surplus of natural bee’s wax which when mixed with three other totally natural ingredients is the recipe for my own exclusive tyers wax.

After selling out the first batch and a whole load of requests for more, a second limited amount of sculls will be available for next to no cost, so if you are interested in obtaining one of these hand made tyers waxes, please contact me on, barrycl@online.no


Many happy returns of the day!

 

PatteGrisen (Suckling pig)

Its ten years today that the pig was born. There are, I am sure, hundreds, if not thousands of new fly patterns that are tied each year for salt water sea trout alone, most of which only taste salt water once before being retired to the fly box, and the fisherman returns to good old tried and tested reliable patterns. When you see a new pattern for the first time, you have a instant perception as to wether it will work or not !
The pattegriesen radiates everything that a sea trout pattern should, and just shouts to be tied onto a leader.
The original pattern was made by the well known Danish sea trout fisherman Claus Eriksen who was inspired by Morten Ølands Spey shrimp. Since it’s introduction ten years ago it can be found in most tackle shops in Denmark in slightly different tying styles and shades of pink and yellow, needless to say not only one of the most popular sea trout pattern but also one of the most effective to date. It’s popularity has been so great for the Danish coast that Whiting have now made a Spey saddle in salmon pink especially for this pattern. The spey hackle in combination with the weight really animates this pattern, bringing it to life in the water, pulsating and swimming.

Hook Mustad S 74SS # 4
Thread Dyneema
Feelers UV mallard flank and Whiting Salmon pink Spey saddle hackle
Eyes Easy shrimp eyes
Body UV shrimp dubbing and Salmon pink Spey hackle marabou
Shell back salmon pink Funky Fibre and UV resin
Rib Clear mono.


The Irish Fly Fair

At the weekend I will be tying at the Irish Fly Fair & International Angling Show at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill on the west coast of Ireland. This is not only a great show with over 60 international fly tyers who will be sharing their skills and techniques with visitors but also loads of fly tying and game fishing related stands,  all in a great location. The Galway Bay Hotel. So you can spend the whole day wandering around the fly tying demos and shopping! The Hotel has also a great bar and restaurant so you can even enjoy lunch and dinner without having to leave the show!  If you are lucky enough to get to visit the show please call in and say hello, and I’ll tie a fly for you! It’s going to be a great weekend.

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The double D Caddis

The deer and duck caddis is a fusion of two of the most buoyant materials around, deer hair and CdC.

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Tying a CdC caddis

This easy but extremely effective caddis pattern is a must for every fly box!

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Spin, pack,clip, burn and sand…

This tutorial for the floating deer hair pupa, shows you how to spin, pack, clip and sand deer hair for a ultra tight body effect on small flies.

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Tying a clinger stone fly nymph

An easy flat bodied weighted stone fly nymph that can be tied in many sizes and colours to match the hatch.

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