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Archive for January, 2019

Flashy Bugger!

A real big fish fly. As the name suggests, a woolly bugger with that little extra flash to increase the attractor value.

Christmas tree streamer

The Juletræet as the original is called in Danish or translated, Christmas tree is a popular Danish coastal pattern for sea run browns. The original is from the early 80’s and comes from Danish fly tyer Steen Ulnits. This simple but effective pattern is easy to tie but requires the correct Mylar tubing. Many Mylar’s when the weave is opened, the tinsel will be curled and impossible to get to lie flat, you will need one that is easily opened and all the strands of tinsel are straight.

The Christmas tree has a great swimming action and needless to say, is a real flashy attractor.

Hook: Mustad S71 # 6

Tying thread: Dyneema

Under body: Mylar tube core

Tail, body & wing: Mylar tube & UV resin

1. Secure your salt water streamer hook in the vice with the hook shaft horizontal. Run a foundation of tying thread back to the hook point.

2. Now cut a length of clear 1mm Mylar tubing about three times the length of the hook shaft. Not all Mylar is suitable for this pattern as many are crinkly when un-wound.
3. With a pair of tweezers carefully remove the inner core from the length of Mylar.
4. Take one strand of the inner core and tie along the hook shank as shown.
5. Once secure fold over the inner core and secure with a few wraps of tying thread at the rear of the hook.
6. Cut away the excess core.
7. Take the length of Mylar tube and thread over the hook shank. The tail of open Mylar should be about the length of the hook shank.
8. Tie down the tail with a few wraps of tying thread.
9. Colour a short length of tying thread with a red waterproof marker and finish the tail with a few wraps of red tying thread.
10. Whip finish, remove your tying thread and give the tail whippings a coat with varnish.
11. re-attach your tying thread at the front of the body, behind the hook eye.
12. Once secure, use a dubbing needle to carefully open the weave of the Mylar tube over the hook eye.
13. Give the whole body a coat of UV resin.
14. Cure the UV resin with a 10 second blast with the UV light.
15. Once the body is cured and dry take hold of the front Mylar and pull back, so that its evenly distributed around the whole body. Colour your tying thread again and secure the head and whip finish.
16. Once secure remove your tying thread and varnish the head. The finished Christmas tree streamer.
The Juletræet GTI has a hot orange Antron tail and a mallard flank wing.

Hot spot pheasant tail nymph

A quick and easy pheasant tail nymph with a UV hot spot attractor wing case. For those cold days grayling fishing.

Sawyer’s Killer Bug

Heres another little gem of a pattern that may be one of the most simple flies ever tied!


The killer bug tied with the original Chadwick’s 477 reinforcing and mending wool.

This classic Grayling pattern from nymph expert and legendary river keeper Frank Sawyer still doesn’t disappoint, but if you follow Sawyer’s tying instruction, the killer or (grayling) bug as it was originally named, could and should only be tied with one brand and shade of wool, Chadwick’s No 477.


Although this wool is not produced anymore there are a whole load of substitutes to be found and the original wool cards occasionally come up for auction. Like several of Sawyers patterns, in the original he diddent use tying thread, only red coloured copper wire.

Hook: S80NP-BR (old ref. S80-3906) <;
Thread: Dyneema
Tag: Medium copper wire
Body: Chadwick’s 477 or any other pinkish grey darning wool



Secure your wet fly hook in the vice with the hook shank horizontal.



Attach your tying thread and cover the whole hook shank from just behind the hook eye to the bend.



Cut a length of medium copper wire and tie this in a little down the hook bend.



Now make 7 or 8 tight wraps of copper wire as shown for the tag. If you would like a heavier killer bug now is the time to add the extra weight.



Tie off the copper wire and remove the excess. Cut a length of your chosen wool and tie this in along the length of the whole hook shank finishing at the tag.



Now wrap the wool forward and back along the hook shank between the tag and the hook eye, but not too tight, the idea is that the body will absorb water. If you wrap the wool too tight this will be difficult. Once you have built up a cigar shaped body, tie off the wool behind the hook eye.



Trim off the excess wool and finish with a couple of whip finishes.


The proof of the pudding!

Fishing with Royalty

Ørret fra luksefjell

This is the most regal member of the Wulff pack, a legacy pattern from the  legendary fly tyer and fishermen Lee Wulff.  The Royal Wulff is probably the most popular riffle pattern.  As the name suggests these fat patterns with white wings float high in a fast riffle or broken water, the wing making it highly visible to the angler at a distance and in low light.

Hook: Mustad 94840 R 50 # 8-16

Tying thread: Black

Wing: White calf tail

Tail: Moose body hair, or deer hair

Body: Peacock herl divided by a band of red floss

Hackle: Dark brown

Dry Royal Wulff

A great foot print pattern in all sizes.



1 Secure your hook in the vice with the hook shank horizontal.


2 Run a little tying thread over the first half of the hook shank.


3 Clean and stack a small bunch of white calf tail. Tie this in about one third of the way behind the hook eye as shown.


4 Trim off the butt ends at an angle and make a few tight turns tight in under the front of the wing. This will hold the wing at 90 degrees from the hook shank.


5 Divide the calf hair into two equal wings and secure with a figure of eight tying thread movement and then a few turns around each wing base to secure each wing bunch together.


6 Run a foundation of tying thread over the rear calf hair as shown.


7 Cut and stack a small bunch of moose body hair and tie in as tail, this should even out the body.


8 Tie in a length of peacock herl at the tail base.


9 Wrap the peacock herl 4 or 5 times at the tail base and tie off. Run your tying thread forward and tie in another two peacock herls a little behind the wing.


10 Cut a length of red silk floss and tie this in as shown.


11 Wrap the floss back and forward to form a nice fat body. Tie off at the forward peacock herl.


12 Cut away the excess floss and make 5 or 6 turns of peacock herl. Tie off.


13 cut away the excess herl and tie in a dark brown cock hackle tight into the herl.


14 Now wrap the hackle in as many close turns as possible, firstly behind and then in front of the wing. Tie off behind the hook eye.

IMG_042615 Trim away the excess hackle and whip finish. A little drop of varnish on the head will crown the pattern ready for fishing.


And the winner of the Petitjean CDC book is:



My wife scrolled through the subscribers and stopped at  Nate Cooprider, who is the lucky winner.  Please contact me Nate with your full postal address and the book will go in the post this week to you.

For those of you that are interested there will be another nice giveaway next month. Thanks and have a great Sunday!

Sunrise flatwing


A great pattern that creates the illusion of volume while still remaining light and easy to cast.

Petitjean CDC book giveaway


I will be giving away one of the Petitjean CDC books to a lucky subscriber.


This monumental book gathers on more than 40 years of fly-tying, innovation and a passion for fly-fishing. In this his legacy, Marc reveals some of his secrets about CDC’s unique properties, his concepts in designing flies and, last but not least,  all his original patterns and a series of brand new, easy-to-tie patterns, all photographed step by step.

Author Marc Petitjean

Photography Barry Ord Clarke

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Beautiful Buggers

After many questions regarding this modern classic, here it is again, a tutorial for tying better buggers.

Quill body buzzer

A quick early season midge larvae, that with a little change in colour and size, is a good generic pattern for most buzzers.

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Tying extended mayfly bodies


A simple but realistic extended body technique, that will give any mayfly dun or spinner pattern that little extra.

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Jelly bean scud

The Willy Wonker of Gammarus patterns. A great looking scud pattern that is not only extremely easy to tie, but also a deadly pattern for both fresh and salt water.

Hook: Mustad C49S # 6-14

Tying thread: Dyneema

Rib: Fluorescent orange tying thread

Legs: Vanilla ostrich herl

Shell back: UV resin

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Foam mayfly emerger

A simple emerger for those larger mayflies that will float all day long!

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