A closer look at FLY FUR

I was asked by the Bavarian fly shop Rudi Heger, if I’m interested in testing the new FLY FUR by Fair Flies. Well, I’m always interested in testing new materials, but I was sceptical, because it looked like normal Craft Fur. Nothing really new.

I did a little research on the homepage of the manufacturer. They wrote about Fly Fur:

  • Half the underfur and twice the overfur of other select craft furs
  • Longest, most supple fibers will not leave you wanting for your pike and streamer patterns
  • Super fine fibers are coated so that they do not clump, but flow freely when wet
  • Uniquely designed colors for fish – not left over colors from other industries 
  • Great marabou replacement
  • Perfect for tying your flies and jigs
  • Outlasts the natural fibers it replaces
  • Fibers made from 45% post-consumer products
  • 25 square inches

Just marketing was my first thought. But I tried to be open minded and did my own tests.

First, I checked the maximal length of the fibres. That’s an important point. Some brands just offer quite short fur. The benchmark is imho the Craft Fur by Hareline.

On the package is written „over 4 inch length fibres“. That was true with one exception: the fibres of the black barred fur are a little bit shorter. All other colors I’ve tested got the correct length.

On the left side Craft Fur, on the right side Fly Fur.

Testing the main point: Fly Fur should have half the underfur and twice the overfur of Craft Fur. Normally we all need the longest fibres of Craft Fur for our streamers. The underfur is crumpled and it doesn’t play so well in the water.

I cut two bunches of fur close to the fabric. The Fly Fur bunch is a little bit smaller.

Craft Fur left, Fly Fur right

I took a comb to seperate the longest fibres from the underfur. The result was very clear. Even if the Fly Fur bunch was a little smaller it got about twice the amount of long fibres.

Craft Fur on top, Fly Fur underneath

It’s true, Fly Fur got much more longer fibres than Craft Fur.

Final Result:

Fly Fur got a nice length, it got more long fibres than Craft Fur and way less underfur. I tied some flies with it in the last two weeks and I used way less material than normally with Craft Fur. Especially when I’m tying sandeels for example, because I really just need the longest fibres. For me, it’s a really great addition to the existing fur on the fly tying market. Fly Fur will definitely get a constant place in my fly tying drawers.

Sandeel tied with Flu Fur
More Sandeels

Waterworks Lamson Litespeed 3 Micra 5

Got the opportunity to buy this Waterworks Lamson Litespeed 3 Micra 5 reel for a reasonable price. So I couldn’t resist. ;-)

Like in the past, I took some pictures of the reel just for fun and as a source of pictures, which are not taken by the manufacturer. Couldn’t say how it will perform, but the first impression is very good. Good brake, nice sound, well machined and with 140,25 gram super light.

I want to use it for sea trout fishing and for my streamer fishing at home with 6 and 7 weights. Hopefully, I will hear the brake „scream“ this season.

150 m of 58lbs J-Braid as backing should be more than enough.

Rod Building – 10 ft. 4wt. Nymph-Rod

After a year, I build a new rod. This time for nymph fishing using a Quickline blank from PacBay.


  • Reel seat: Alps RA701
  • Handle: made from 6mm cork discs
  • Winding Check: TAC Titan
  • Stripping Guide: PacBay SIC Ring N Bright – NSG12 / ID=8,3mm
  • Guides: Recoil Single Foot
  • Tip Top: Hardchrome Pacbay
  • Thread: Fuji Ultra A in schwarz
  • Metallic thread: ProWrap Metallic Ice Blue und Gun Smoke
  • Finish: CMW
  • Glue: UHU Endfest 300

I made some pictures of the building process and the finished rod.

The finished rod:

Guideline Fario LW 24 Bronze

Some time ago, I’ve sold one of my trout reels. I ordered a new one, but I was not really satisfied. It was a good reel, it just doesn’t fit to me…hard to discribe. I’ve sold it and just some days ago, I saw a really good offer on the new Fario reel by Guideline. So, I’ve just ordered it.

The color is bronze. I’m normally more the silver, gray, titianium guy, but I decided to try something different and took the bronze color.

I like the color. Looks even better by daylight and it matches perfectly to the fancy windings on my Sage One 4 weight (I just realized this fact, after the purchase), which will be my main rod for the reel.

The reel is super light. I weighs just under 125 g incl. 100m 0,18mm braided line as backing.

I haven’t fished it yet, because here is closed season for the next months, but I’m sure it will do it’s job. The reel is very well build. Everything fits perfectly, nothing wobbles, it feels lightweight but strong.

I took some pictures of it, because I’m always glad, when I find good pictures of a product I’m interested in to buy, which are not made by the manufacturer.

Changing The Cork Grip On A Fly Rod – A Picture Story

A little picture story about the change of the cork grip on a Vision Mag 3/4 10ft. I cut away the hook keeper and lenghten the grip some centimeters. Originally, the rod had a kind of mini full wells. Didn’t liked it at all and I changed the form with sanding paper by hand after a short while. The result was better, but far away from good. So, one evening I decided to remove the cork and then I started to rebuild the grip with good quality cork discs.

Original grip above. The pictures below are after the first shaping by hand.

Beaver attack at the grip ;-)

Half of the cork is cut away.

Most of the cork is gone

new cork discs

tight fitting

The result with a new winding check and a bit of lime green metallic thread.