50 photo step by step instructions on how to tie Trahernes Nepenthian
I wrote an article on Chasing Silver Magazine about J.P. Traherne and his salmon flies and in addition to the article did a long step by step on one of the flies, the Nepenthian, for their blog.
You can find the full step by step over at Chasing Silver Magazines blog.
50 photo step by step instructions on how to tie Trahernes Nepenthian
Semirealistic Foam Golden Stonefly dry fly
I was fortunate enough to get to fish the Deschutes river this spring when the big salmonflies and golden stones were hatching and tied quite a lot of different kind of large stoneflies for the trip. We don’t have as large stoneflies here in Finland and good stonefly hatches in general are rare if you don’t count the February reds.
This fly was one of the more realistic variations I tied and managed to get couple rainbows with it. Because it’s such a large pattern the foam keeps it floating on the surface pretty well. First tries with those realistic legs on dry flies and it worked well but I think they will be too heavy for smaller flies to float.
Tail: Brown Goose biots.
Body: 2mm tan foam colored with waterproof markers.
Legs: Hemingway’s Stone Fly Legs - Golden Yellow
Wing: Few strands of micro pearl flash, white coarse polypropylene and Medallion Sheeting - light mottled grey
Indicator: Fl. orange TMC Aero Dry Wing
Damnation screening in Helsinki and a seminar at the parliament about the future of our rivers
An exhausting but still very motivational day at the Finnish parliament listening to politicians and scientists about the future use of our rivers and hydropower as a “green” source of energy. We have many local struggles with hydropower and dams which I’m not going to dig in to at this blog but in short there has been talk about opening our free flowing rivers to building of new dams which is pretty absurd in a flat country like Finland which on top of that already has damned almost all of it’s rivers and destroyed many internationally remarkable salmon and trout populations.
We also had the pleasure of having Matt Stoecker, co-producer of Damnation, explaining why USA is breaching dams instead of building them . People really should stop referring to hydro as a green source of energy because it just isn’t. It blocks migration of fish, reservations take over large pieces of land, other parts of the rivers occasionally dry up, they have big methane emissions which is far more effective greenhouse gas than CO2 etc.
After the seminar we went on to a screening of Damnation document with Matt having a q&a afterwards. Really enjoyed the movie and listening to a guy who is enthusiastic about what he does and well educated on the matter.
Deerhair divers for Pike
Pike season is fully starting here as the waters keep getting cooler and the big pikes come to the more shallow parts of the water. From time to time I try to use poppers and divers to attract pike because while maybe not the most effective way to catch pike it sure is the most fun. Nothing beats the excitement of tracking your fly on the surface and waiting for the water to explode underneath it.
As I get back to tying more I will try to do a step by step of these muddlers but for now enjoy couple cool shots from last fall. Can’t wait to get back on the water.
Pink & Black Diver
Tail/Wing: Long black and pink hackle feathers mixed in with some fl. pink Bucktail and peacock black Krinkle Mirror Flash
Head: Pink and black Deerhair tied with the muddler technique and cut to shape with a razor blade. I usually put couple 3d eyes to the sides and reinforce the area over and around the eyes and in front of the fly with UV-resin or better yet epoxy. This makes the fly last much longer although you sometimes still get unlucky and can trash the fly after couple fish. You can see the reinforcement in the close-up photo.
Finnish Fly Fair 2014
I quickly stopped by at the Perhomessut aka Finnish Fly Fair on Saturday. Only had couple hours to spare and it went fast talking with old and new friends. It was a pleasure to finally meet Barry Ord Clarke from Norway as I have enjoyed his photography and tying for many years. You can find Barry at his website The Featherbender.
The fair was as it has been for the last couple decades. It’s nice small show but could be improved and taken to the same level as most of the international shows easily. There are mostly no manufacturers as exhibitors and the show relies only on shops that go there to get rid of last years gear and sell some of the new ones at a similar discount. It would be great if it concentrated more on displaying and presenting new gear rather than trying to get rid of as much stuff as they can.
I may be biased to say this as I usually don’t have anything to buy from there but I think it would benefit the sport in the long run. A fair like this shouldn’t be about buying and selling, it should be about showing people something new and inspiring and then letting them make their purchases at the show or afterwards.
There has been some great casters and tyers each year but usually only couple international guests which isn’t enough for a show this big. You only have to go to Sweden or Denmark to see what could be easily done here too but there hasn’t been much improvement here.
Ray Bergman’s wet flies tied by Rane Olsen
This is such a great feat completed by a Finnish tyer Rane Olsen that I had to share it with my readers. 234 wet fly patterns from Bergman’s books as listed in the Bergman collection by Don Bastian.
I have many times played with the idea of tying the collection but it’s such a huge task on many levels that I have decided to postpone it to distant future. Hats off to Rane (and Don of course) for completing the set.
On the photo I collected some of my favorite patterns and ties from the set.
You can see the full list of patterns here.
Chenille Caddis Pupa
This type of crocheted chenille pupa body used to be popular in Finland but has now been overrun by simpler patterns. I have to admit that I too usually go for the simpler ones but when I want to make a bit more chunky pupa this is a good pattern.
I’m not 100% sure who came up with the method for the body but it was introduced in a now out of print book Perhokalastus ja vesiperhoset by Aki Rinne, Juha Vainio, Matti Huitila and Jyrki Soine. It’s a very comprehensive entomology study of caddisflies and has section on flyfishing with caddis patterns. Good book but unfortunately hard too get these days. Matti Huitila has two pupa patterns there that feature a chenille body Hiilivirta and Paasivirta and my fly is just a tiny bit varied in terms of materials. I’ll have to ask Matti some day if he could tie me couple originals as I would love to feature them on the blog.
I had read the book before but it was really a good friend of mine Ari-Heikki Rintaniemi who introduced me to this pattern more thoroughly some years later and the fly earned a spot in my boxes straight away.
The body is formed out of micro chenille in a way that you would start a crotchet work. First make a slip knot and then start to do crochet chain. You can find plenty of tutorials where those techniques are described. Unlike regular chain you want to tighten each loop to make a tight body, When you have the desired body length pull the chenille all the way trough the last loop and tighten. I cut the back end stub pretty short and touch it lightly with the flame of a lighter to seal it and make a slight taper.
For the wingbuds I used this time single strand of a bit heavier black chenille that I burned to taper. You can use whatever you prefer from just black wool to more realistic medallion sheeting etc.
Detached body: Micro chenille as described. Color to match the species.
Back/head: Brown polypropylene yarn.
Front body: Natural hare’s ear dubbing.
Wingbuds: Black chenille.
Legs: Fibers from a brown mottled hen feather.
Antennae: Nutria guard hairs of something similar. Double the tie in point to secure.
Pretty far away from the original intruder but I just couldn’t come up with a proper name and this will have to do for the time being.
Tied again on a Waddington shank, this time the wing consists mostly of Peacock herls. People have been asking for closeups of the body construction on these and I will try to do a step by step next time when I tie some shank flies. But they are simple to tie, mostly just hackles and dubbing in between brushed out well.
Weight: Dumbell eyes in front below the shank.
Shank: Waddington 45mm
Dubbing: Salar Synthetic Series dubbing orange in flames as the first ball of dubbing to lift the hackle and then nasty rusty color for the rest of the body.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Hacles: Ringneck Pheasant rump feathers dyed olive on the back after the the orange dubbing and in the front. Over the body a palmered hackle of olive Schlappen.
Wing: Bleached Peacock herl dyed tan over each hackle. Ringneck Pheasant rump feathers dyed olive over the body. Tan and natural Peacock herls on top.
Michael Rogan’s The Fiery Brown
Another small salmon fly tyed in hand, this time from the book Fishing by Cholmondeley-Pennell that’s part of the Badminton Library -collection. I’ve added a photo of the page for you to look at the original pattern, plate and notes. I added a butt to the pattern because to me it clearly shows one in the illustration. This is also the Rogan’s variation with the blue hackle along the fiery brown.
I tried to make the tippet strands to be very uneven and taper to the top as the illustration and some of the originals I’ve seen demonstrate. All in all it’s a simple fly with common materials and should fish well in most rivers. Pf course one can argue about the shade of fiery brown which is a common debate but I don’t care to get in to it.
Tag: Gold twist and light orange silk.
Tail: A topping.
Butt: Black ostrich herl (Not in the original pattern).
Body: Fiery brown seal’s fur.
Ribbed: Gold tinsel.
Hackle: From first turn of tinsel, fiery brown and blue.
Wings: Tippet strands between broad strips of mallard.
Horns: Blue Macaw.
Head: Black herl