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Akroyd – #2/0 10xl


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I have been tying up some Dee patterns for fishing lately, but every now and then you need to challenge yourself! Pulled out the longest hook I have – the Partridge CS15 – a #2/0 10xl hook that is made for classic streamer style patterns, but why not a Akroyd?

 

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This pattern really stretched my material selection, especially the white turkey wing, but I managed to set a ok wing in the end.

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The dropping JC could have been longer, but in the end I was happy with the result.

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Putting this on a salmon scale shows the length of this massive fly.

Catskill course

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I have been tying a lot of salmon and seatrout flies this year, and that’s ok, but it’s time to go back to the roots of where I started: the dry fly! I will be focusing a lot on this the coming winter, and to start things off I went to a flytying course last night (my first ever tying course!). Niklas Dahlin had a course over 4 hours, presenting catskill tying to us, and it was a blast! Tied up these on Partriedge ideal standard dry #14 http://flyhooks.org/partridge/sud2-ideal-standard-dry with a lot of help from Niklas.

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Sitting down, observing someone tying is something you should do if you get the chance: the techniques, skills and flow of a flytyer is something special to observe, and you can pick up a lot of tips.

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Ordered in some new material today, and I’ll be improving my skills over the course of the next few months.

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Too bad it is so long until season starts again here in Norway!

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