New toy arrived today! I’m very excited and curious, if it will perform like I hope it does. I’m very fussy, when it comes to workmanship of such high class products. Yes, that sounds really German, but guess what….I am German…so… :-)
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!
[youtube width=“600″ height=“400″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KPDBvRIMoU[/youtube]
Tungsten Bead Caddis Pupa. This Pupa looks quite natural, but it is not to complicated to tie.
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.