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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.

Sunturn Sunrise

Hook: Partridge M2 #2/0
Thread: Semperfli 18/0
Tag: Silver, black silk
Tail: GP, red & yellow swan
Butt: Ostrich
Body: black, yellow, orange and red sealsfur
Rib: Silver
Throat: Red and black
Underwing: Black GP tippet
Wing: Kori, yellow, orange and red swan
Topping: GP
Head: Shellac

Another winter solstice and the third sunturn fly I have made: each year I grab a bottle of Nøgne Ø “Sunturn Brew” and create a pattern based on the fact that we are on the darkest day of the year. I still have some bottles left of this beer that Nøgne Ø brew only on this shortest day of the year, and this year it had been stored for just over 2 years before the winter solstice.

The past years I have created a pattern that, looking back at it, reflect the state of my progression in fly tying: the first year it was a spey, last year it was a ranger. This year I have done a lot of married wings and getting into the classic salmon patterns, so it was obvious what I had to do this year! With the dark days and the focus on the sun turning to brighter days it was again the focus on black/yellow/red colors that dominated the pattern, maybe more yellow/orange/red this year than the years before. This one will go into my collection as the blueprint, but I’ll create some more for fishing.

The beer is everything I want in a winter beer: dark with sweet malts and a long full aftertaste. The balance and complexity is great, so it goes very well together with flytying on a dark winter night!

Sunturn Durham

Hook: Mustad 80500NPBL #5/0
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 12/0
Tag: Veevus French Tinsel Small, Lagartun French Silk Floss
Tail: GP, Hareline Ringneck Patch Indian Crow Red
Butt: Ostrich
Body: 1/3 Lagartun French Silk Floss, 2/3 Seals fur: black then red
Rib: UNI-Mylar #10, Veevus French Tinsel Medium
Body Hackle: Whiting Rooster Cape
Throat: Heron
Wing: JC, GP tippet dyed black (two pairs), JC, Ringneck Neck Patch Indian Crow Red
Topping: GP
Finish: Loon Hard Head

A year ago I started a new tradition: to have a bottle of Nøgne Ø “Sunturnbrew” on winter solstice and tie a fly inspired by the beer and the fact that we now are going towards brighter days.

Last year it was a “Sunturn Spey“, this year, since I have tied up a few Durham Rangers lately, it had to be a pattern with the base elements of Durham Ranger, but with inspiration from the beer and the time of the year. This is a freestyle creation, I did get some black GP tippets before today (since I anticipated something around this general pattern), but everything else is a result of here and now.

I’ll be back with another one next year!


Spey Flies book arrives

IMG_0601The “Spey Flies – How to Tie Them” by Bob Veverka has finally arrived in the mail! I got it yesterday after ordering directly from Bob on facebook. This is a re-print of the original and I got it signed.

I have only read the first chapter so far and glanced through some of the chapters and so far it looks very good, this will be one of those for a cold winter night to digg into the spey flies even more! I was inspired this morning to tie up some of the Sunturn Spey: