Ulf Hagström from Sweden is a master fly tier with great skills. First I’ve noticed his work many many years ago as he was tying super realistic flies. Absolutely stunning creatures. Nowadays, he’s addicted to pike fishing and pike flies. He started a Youtube channel called 700 teeth (don’t forget to subscribe!) and his first video is out. It’s really cool. He got to improve some things with the sound, but don’t get me wrong, it’s high quality and you should watch it! There is just some point, that I should mention….
It’s different… different to all the other fly tying videos out there in the whole wide world! You will find out, what i mean…..
I like it very much because it’s different. You don’t know what will happen next. I’m sure you’ll like it, too! So, get yourself a drink and popcorn and enjoy the show!
Tungsten Bead Caddis Pupa. This Pupa looks quite natural, but it is not to complicated to tie.
- Body: Stretch Flex colored with marker pens
- Legs: Pheasant
- Wings: Pheasant
- Wing Case: Pheasant
- Thorax: Siman Peacock Dubbing brown
- Weight: Tungsten Bead black
- Hook: Demmon Fly Hook DGE 300 BL
Sometimes, I tie flies without a special purpose. I just think “I want to tie a fly, maybe an emerger would be cool.” I open some drawers and take a look at my hooks, thinking how the fly (or in this case the ermerger) could look like. Then, I’m thinking about the tail, the ribbing, the abdomen, …., step by step until the fly is finished. I believe when you go this way, you often try something different and that’s the way you improve your skills and knowledge. There are errors, of course, but even errrors improve your knowledge.
A short example: You are sitting in front of your vise and you’ve tied a beautiful mayfly with awesome natural foil wings. Looking really good. You go to the river with the beautiful winged mayfly on the end of your leader. You do the first cast and….. the wings made a propeller out of your fly. Impossible to cast, impossible to fish. The leader is totally twisted after just one cast. Error. You’ve learned something, next time, you will tie your fly different and so you improve your knowledge.
I tied this emerger on a D1160 Daiichi Klinkhammer hook and gave it a nice fancy look for the abdomen. Great fly for grayling on cloudy days with not to much light.
Some time ago I got some Sculpting UV Flash Fibre from H2O for testing. It comes in a wide range of colors and it is a little bit curly and very soft. That’s the reason, why it moves good in the water, but still remains the nice 3D shape and the volume. Some UV and normal flash fibres are blend into the Sculpting Fibre. It’s just the right amount of reflections of light, not too much and not too less. It works for small baitfish for sea trout and trout as well as for bigger patterns for pike and sea monsters like GT. You could also use it for the shell of the famous shrimp pattern “Pattegrisen”. It’s easy to work with and you can give it a cool coloration with marker pens. You cut it in the right shape with your scissors.
For the streamer above, I’ve used just two colors: UV Wilde Olive and UV White and marker pens. A little bit orange dubbing for the bite point and some 3D eyes together with a good hook and you are ready to go.
A really nice material. I will use it for my tying more often in the future.
You can get the whole range of colors at ADH Fishing.
Just click the link: H2O SCULPTING FLASH FIBRE
I was asked to tie some flies for Sea Bass and I thought, I modify the ASPINATOR a little bit with some bucktail mixed with arctic fox for the tail and a Tiemco 8111s saltwater hook # 2. I really like this one! I bet it’s tasty!
A Burner tied on a Tiemco 811s saltwater hook #2. You can find the step by step tutorial here: BURNER STEP BY STEP