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Sunturn Flare

4 years since this started, and for the 5th time: the 2018 version of the sunturn fly – Sunturn Flare

2014: Sunturn Spey
2015: Sunturn Durham
2016: Sunturn Sunrise
2017: Sunturn Dee
2018: Sunturn Flare

Beer: Sunturn Brew 2014 from Nøgne Ø Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Hook: #6/0 Limerick from Cosimo Raia
Inspirational music: Nunatak from Karl Seglem

The Beer have now been stored for 4 years and it has matured very well, this is one bottle I would love to have more of, but I only have 1 bottle left for the 2019 edition of Sunturn Fly.

Green Highlander – Yasuhiro hook

Yasuhiro Ogasawara is one of the great hookmakers of this time: the profile, bend and barb are all excellent craftmanship. But if you show a range of hooks to anyone it is the gold-leafs on the hook that most people will recognize and immediately associate with Yasuhiro.

A while back Yasuhiro started a Green Highlander project where he ships out two hooks: one for the tyer to tie a GH on, and one for the tyer to keep. I received mine a while back and a few weeks back I finally got the time to sit down and do this GH. I chose to do a rather “fat” version of the GH here – with long body hackle and well picked-out sealsfur in the body. The hook is rather stout, and the dimensions just lent itself to make a fly with a bit more substance in it.

Quite happy with this one: the flow and materials sits in place nicely, the sides are in correct position and I did find toppings that matched. Wished I had a bit better curve on the wing, but that will be for next time.

flypattern.org – John Sand

The initial books that was added to flypattern.org was the old, international known, salmon fly authors: Blacker, Kelson, Francis Francis and others. This coincided with the ASFI 2018, and was a natural starting point for the site.

The plan have always been to digg deeper into authors and flytyers that are known locally and internationally, and to document the patterns that these people are behind. One such author is John Sand (Norway), that together with his son Erling are well known for their patterns and the extended business they built.

Last year I was lucky enough to purchase a box of materials and hooks after a person that tied for the Sand company, among these were 3 hand-written recipe books from the time. At the same time Roy-Tore Gjertsen have been collecting and tying up the old Sand patterns, keeping a translation of them in English. Now there are 92 patterns added to flypattern.org, documenting the old patterns for the future, in addition Roy-Tore have allowed me to use his pictures of some of the patterns listed in order to get a reference version online.

I hope this can help preserve the patterns from Sand in the future: http://flypattern.org/authors/john-sand