- Hook: TMC 200R #8
- Thread: UNI 6/0 Brown
- Tail: Spirit River Mottlebou Brown Marabou
- Body: Spirit River Mottlebou Brown Marabou
- Rib: UTV Ultra Wire Copper
- Wing: CDC Brown & Tan in dubbing loop
- Wing Casing: Foam
Even though the snow is still on the ground, and the lakes around Oslo is frozen solid, it is not long until spring time and first hatches begin. The Ephemera Vulgata is one of the biggest mayflies around here and in the forest around town you can get large hatches during summer! If you ever meet a hatch you should be ready, and I’m starting my box with some emergers, here in size #8.
The Royal Wulff I tied the other day was a part of a set of RW on the Partridge bomber hooks I have. Repeating a pattern again and again is the only thing that really makes you learn it, and now I have some great RW for salmon, and for the really hungry trout.
The length of the bomber hooks makes the body become longer and slender than you would normally see on a RW, but there should not be more hackle on these than there are now. Looking forward to float these on a stream (once all the ice has gone here in Norway)
Partridge Bomber #2
Partridge Bomber #4
Partridge Bomber #6
Partridge Bomber #8
TMC 100BL #16
The whole family
Hook: Kamasan B280 #4, Partridge Patriot #8
Thread: UNI 6/0 Red
Tag: UNI-French Medium Oval
Body: underbody of UNI-Floss, UNI-Mylar #16
Rib: UNI-French Medium Oval
Hackle: Whiting Dryfly neck, Rooster Saddle Grizzly (depending on size)
A pattern on facebook got me in the direction of this fly, a grey&silver some might call it, but I used what I had to create this double on different hook sizes.
The all-silver body combined with a thin wing and trying to have a sparse hackle will make this sink quickly in the current and give a lot of visual feedback. I’ll tie this one up on singles and on tube as well, but I’ll do that later, for now I’m on a double rush!
The head on the smallest one did not come out very good, but it will catch some fish anyway:
Hook: Mustad 94840 #12, #18. TMC 518 #30
Thread: Sheer 14/0 white
Tail: Soft hackle
Body: Taimen Beaver dubbing, grey
Wing: White CDC
Hackle: Whiting Bronze
A sunday tying session, today with grey and red/brown color combination. I tied up some in #12 and #18, and did a #30 in the end to tie off the family picture above. The #30 is a tying exercise to see if it is possible to scale down to these small hooks from TMC, didn’t come out too bad, the problem (as always with #30) is to find a good hackle that is small enough.
Saturday was a great day for heading out into the forest around Oslo: 17-18 degrees and the forecast said sun. The forest is very accessible, but for those lakes a bit in you really need a bike to be able to cover some ground in a single day, so about 20km in and I set up on a new lake that I haven’t fished before. First of was the river going into the lake: some small brown trout in the river aggressively going on my flies.
Standing on top of the last little waterfall before the lake, this was my first stop and I could see the trout rising out there: I didn’t stay too long here.
Turn around and river was filled with small trout, good fun, but was too small to keep.
I packed up and headed for a place I had spotted on the map before leaving: a small headland that reached a bit into the lake. As I approached the lake I could see the trout rising steadily and within 2 minutes I got my personal best on dryfly in the forest surrounding Oslo: 400gram of beautiful trout that landed easily in my net. The position I had made it easy to cast on rising trout, so it was a great day with a fair bit of trouts landed and a couple of larger ones that just didn’t want to hook properly. Most took on a CDC & Deer hair dry, but also on mayfly and emerger.
The day was a good mix of sun, summer-rain, a bit of wind and periods of dead-still water. Not too much hatching going on, but some mayflies and midges was observed on the water.
The 4 trout I did take home ended up as night-snack, fried up with lots of butter and served with potatoes and a beer.