DPP – Deep Perch Popper

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When it’s getting colder, I like to fish for perch with popper-sytyle flies. I don’t fish them the normal way on the surface as a topwater fly. I use a super fast sinking line and attach just a short piece of mono or fc with a length between 100-50 cm to the front loop as a leader/tippet. The popper will float above the sinking line. The height it floats depends on the length of the tippet and on the current. The current will push the popper down.

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You should cast the line out and give it time to sink to the bottom. When you strip the line in, the popper swims towards the bottom. If you do a pause, the popper will rise towards the surface again. How often you strip and pause depends on the water you fish and the situation.

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Below is a very simple scheme of retrieving the popper.zig-zag

A very good fly even in murky water, because it makes a lot of shock waves. It also works great, when you have an uneven bottom and the risk to loose a normal streamer is very high.

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Fly Reels Made In Germany

New tackle is always fun! I was searching for a fly reel for my 3/4 10ft. nymphing rod this time. I always look for top quality, because normally I fish my tackle for many many years. So I think it’s better to invest 1-2 Euro more instead of buying cheap and replacing the tackle within the next few years. Anyway, this time I didn’t want to spent too much money for a small reel for trout, grayling and coarse fish. Around 200,- € – 250,- € was my self limited budget.

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There are some nice reels on the market in this price range, but they are almost all manufactured in the far east, with one exception – Vosseler fly reels.

Vosseler are on the market since many years and I know that they are producing good reels, but I never get very close in touch with them. I don’t really know why.IMG_7596I got a Vossler clip tool for tying, which is very exact machined, and still works after 5 years like on day one. So I thought, when the clip tool is so precise machined, how are the reels?

I summerized the facts:

  • a fly reel made in Germany
  • right size and weight for my rod
  • I like the look and the titanium color
  • it costs clearly under 200,- €

IMG_7598I ordered a Vosseler DC2 5/6 at adh-fishing and two days later I got the reel at my home.

The first impression was awesome. Extremly well machined, no wiggle, wobble, waggle of any part on the reel. The break is very smooth. The finish is also very nice, it looks in reality even better than on the pictures. The click sound of the reel is very nice, not too loud … hard to describe…maybe you can say smooth.

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I fished the reel and it performs like I hoped it would – Flawless!                   Very impressive piece of metal made in Germany for under 200,- €. To be exact, the DC2 5/6 costs 189,- €. I saw a lot of reels in the price range of 350,- € and more, which are not even close to this quality.

The only thing I would change: I would close the reel frame completely. That’s just my personal preference.IMG_7600So, what’s the reason I wrote about the reel? Many people might think I got the reel for free and that’s the reason I wrote such positive things about it (like many people do on the web). Nope! I paid the normal price like everybody else. No sponsoring at all.IMG_7602

I was just very impressed to get such a good reel for under 200,- € made in Germany by a company with very high skills in machining metal.IMG_7603

The fly fishing scene is crazy. Single hand fly rods close to 1.000,- €, reels for more than 500,- €, waders for 800,- € and more… everything is getting more expensive from year to year without getting really better…

Not every fly fishermen can or want to pay such high prices. So it’s nice to see, that it is still possible to get good tackle for a good price.   IMG_7605 IMG_7606

“DETLEF” Step By Step – aka TFFKAPF

The step by step tutorial about the PINK FLUFFY is destroyed. It don’t know why, but it was not shown right on the blog. So I did it again and I gave the fly a new name, because I didn’t like Pink Fluffy anymore.

So I called the fly “DETLEF” – also known as the fly formerly known as PINK FLUFFY. Why? Don’t know , it just fits.

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You can fish for sea trout even in the winter time. It’s a very hard kind of fishing with temperatures sometimes under 0°C, but there is a chance to catch an awesome “Silberbarren”. It’s common knowledge, that sea trouts like the color pink, especially in the cold season. It’s also common knowledge, that sometimes, the sea trouts like a very slow retrieve. For that situations, the DETLEF is a really good choise. The soft materials move very nice in the water, even if you strip the fly in very slowly. On the other hand, it’s not very complicated to tie and when you use other colors like beige, tan and brown, you got a very nice shrimp pattern for the rest of the year.

One very important point: Don’t use too much material! Less is more!

Materials used for this fly:

  • Hook: Gamakatsu F314 # 6
  • Weight: Lead Wire fine
  • Dubbing: Ice Dub Pearl, SLF Saltwater Dubbing Pink and SLF Saltwater Dubbing White/ Pearl
  • Front: Mallard, Pink Hackle Fibres
  • Antennas: Fluoro Fibre Pink
  • Eyes: Selfmade Shrimp Eyes
  • Horn: Polar Dub White Transparent
  • Loop-Hackle: White CDC and Pink Hackle
  • Back: Mallard
  • Thread: Veevus GSP 50D White

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Do a little drop of superglue on the shank and wind on some fine lead wire.

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Form a little dubbing ball with the ice dub at the end and tie in some fibres of Mallard.

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Take a bit of pink SLF and tie it in.

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Take some long soft fibres from a pink hackle and tie them in as shown. Add some strands of pink Fluoro Fibre antennas.

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Dub a little ball with Ice Dub and tie in the shrimp eyes. The dubbing ball will seperate the eyes in a nice way.

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Take some Polar Dub in white and tie it in as a horn.

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Form a thread loop and then dub the body with the SLF.

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Put a big white CDC feather on the Petitjean Magic Tool and push it in by using a pink hackle.

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Grab the fibres with the clamp of the Magic Tool and and cut off the stems. Then put the fibres in the waxed thread loop and twist the loop.

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Wind the hackle fibres-CDC-Mix around the body and catch it with your thread.

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Some fibres from a Mallard feather will be used for the back of the fly. So, the fly swims in the right position and the black/white gives a great extra contrast. Do one or two whip finish and use some varnish to secure the knot. That’s it! Detlef is ready!

“Der Loppo” Step By Step Tutorial

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I was asked so often in the last time for a step by step tutorial for the Sea Trout fly “Der Loppo”, that I finally made one.

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This fly isn’t something “brand new”, “the next revolution”, “the game changer” or anything like this. It’s just a mix of some ingredients of good flies mixed together to a fly, which I personally like and in which I put my faith when fishing. I made flies for my fishing in the past, which looked quite similar, but this is the final outcome.

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Its got a nice semi translucency, it’s not too bright and not too unimpressive.  You can tie it in different colors. I also like tan/white and orange as a color combination very much.

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This example fly is tied on a hook size 4, but you can also tie it in size 6 with shorter fibres, when you want to fish it slower and the Sea Trouts just nibble on the longer fibres.

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I even got a variation with black hackles and hot orange trigger points for murky water… looks very cool, too!

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Ok, let’s start the step by step with a list of the materials:

  • Hook: Gamakatsu F314 #4
  • Weight: Lead Wire or substitute
  • Dubbing: Ice Dub Pearl, SLF Saltwater Dub White/Pearl
  • Mouth Part: Mallard and SLF Dub Pink
  • Hackles: Whiting Spey Hackle and a Grizzly Hackle stripped on one side
  • Horn: Senyos Laser Dub Gray
  • Antennas: Fluoro Fibre Pink
  • Eyes: Mono Eyes selfmade
  • Ribbing: Mono
  • Thread: 50D GSP white and 70D Uni Fluo Pink

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Put the hook into the vise and wind the lead wire arounf the shank. To secure the lead, you could use a little drop of super glue. Attach the thread and form with the Ice Dub a little tight dubbing ball at the end of the shank.

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Tie in the Mallard and the pink SLF as “mouth parts”.

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The first spey hackle should be tied in like shown. It’s easier to wind it around this way. Go back with your tying thread to the little bump and secure so the thin fragile stem of the spey hackle. For a little extra color, tie in some Fluoro Fibres in pink.

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I like to tie in some extra long hackle fibres for the extra movement. If you think they are too long, just skip this tying step.

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Split the thread and put some Ice Dub in the gap, then twist the bobbin and wind the dubbing around. After that, give the dubbing a brush with your velcro.

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Now the eyes and the mono for ribbing should be tied in.

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For the horn section, tie in the Laser dub and do a first turn with the white/pearl SLF Saltwater Dub.

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Tie in the grizzly hackle which was stripped on one side and dub the body using the SLF Saltwater Dub. Wind the grizzly hackle to the eye and leave enough space for the final hackle. Secure the hackle by ribbing the body incl. the hackle with the mono and catch it with the tying thread. Don’t forget the ribbing! ;) At the end, give the body and the hackle a strong brush with your velcro. The mix of hackle and SLF looks really cool in the water.

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Wind around the second spey hackle and again secure the stem with your thread. It doesn’t matter, when in looks a bit bulky.

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Take some extra spey fibres and tie them on top as a back. Looks in the water like the shrimp shell and makes sure the fly will always swim straight.

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Do a whip finish with the GSP thread and cut it of. Then do a nice head using the fluo pink thread as a trigger point. Varnish the head or use Bug Bond uv resin to get a nice, shiny head.

That’s it!

Der Loppo ist fertig! :)  I wish you a lot of fun tying and fishing this fly!