Fly of the year 2012.
Here is the article about this year's fly-of team Granbo.
It's become a tradition that I write about the selection of it or the flies that were the best for us in this season. And I just read through the other articles from the early seasons. It is very interesting to see that there are the same flies that goes on, the more it gives a certain assurance that one has good fishing catchers in the fly box. But anyway there is a certain trend, because we like to constantly test new things. It does not only apply to new fly pattern, but simply develop the old and familiar pattern. This is the one of the things that makes it very exciting to be a fly fisherman as well, namely that you always want to develop themselves through new fly patterns, fishing techniques and fly casting. There is much excitement in these things.
Fly of the year was without a doubt Film fly! This fly, I've written about many times before, but read this article about how this fly became to: http://www.granbo-flyfishing.no/_norsk/2007-flua.html. This fly has in recent years been one of the best patterns for us, and this year was the best fly. We have now developed this pattern all the time, so that we have the same pattern in different fly categories. Name Film fly is because it was the pattern I caught the most salmon in the movie "Summer Fishing in Gaula," thus it was christened Film fly!
Film Flua; nymph.
This was the very first issue I tied, this pattern was one of several good salmon nymphs I had to fish for salmon in the sky small river. This color combination proved to be very good at the sky fish, especially salmon that had stopped in the pools.
Film fly; Tube.
This was the next to be bound, I wanted a bigger fly but with an anonymous principal color impression of salmon that had stopped for rest on their journey. Or, for salmon that had reached his ancestral hole, and just these fish are not easy to make as they have been for a while in the same place. I have good experience with quite large and anonymous flies to the body color impact in these situations. Imagine a large fly that completely camouflaged among brown yellow stones and the different colors in the bottom conditions, combined with Gaul Cognac-colored water. And when that just suddenly pop up in front of the salmon where it is in power without being seen fly, then it is no wonder that salmon take this in a huff. What is a large flue is determined also by the water level, a double hook size 6 can be more than big enough in smaller rivers or larger streams even when the water level is low during the summer. So I tie this fly both single and double hook from size 4-10, but as tube flies I tie it from about 4 cm wing length to 10 cm wing length. So this can vary entirely by what the conditions are where you fish.
Would also recommend that you tie it with Rubber Legs in brown / yellow grizzly combination, the fly you see pictured here has already taken many salmon, it is simply a killer! !
Film fly; Spey.
This became a exciting variation that emerged three years ago. It was Ole Kristian Skaar who offered to interpret my own fly pattern to Spey Flies, this he did with Granbokorhva, Granbolænder, Red Butt and especially Film fly. And oh how beautiful these patterns are in great Spey dressed summer plumage. I like to fish with big Spey flies on small river, no fly-fishing theme more seductive for small water level at low flow rate than Spey flies. This means that I can fish with big flies that are easily dressed, but still has plenty of motion in the materials - a perfect combination. Credit to Ole Kristian has been purveyor of these flies to the team Granbo, see his online store Flies of Norway, where you can order these flies.
Film fly; variation in Ullsokken.
The version I got an idea for the skilled fly fisherman Jan Christersson had shown me the original Ullsokken as he fished with at Haltdalskurset. But he did it in a variant with Rubber Legs too, and this he succeeded well on this course. It had a Swede to the course to kick me started with this pattern, as far as I know, this pattern comes from Sweden and has been a very good catcher for a long time already. I knew all about this fly, but have not really tried it so much even though I still had it in mind. However, after this meeting, I was not in doubt. The Film fly had to be tied in Ullsokken variant, I was 100% sure it was going and be successful. It's very fun and inspiring encounters between two avid fishermen may result in new ideas, no wonder it's exciting to be a fly fisher. Thank you Jan for this good idea.
Film fly; attractor.
This combines both Pot Belly Pig, Ullsokken and with rubber legs.
This is the latest development of the film fly, it's a part that is currently happening in terms of new fly pattern. You know both the Allys Shrimp and Francis flies. This is good flies as it fishes salmon all around in the world. One of the new fly patterns that have emerged in recent years is the Pot Belly Pig fly, I do not know the origin of this pattern, but looks to me that there could be a development of Allys and Francis considering that it is behind the hook the most tied material and created the most movement in the fly. It's rigid materials used as well, which polarbear, Bucktail, stiff hackle stems and in the Pot Bellyn is the pig bristles bound. These flies are perhaps not as nice to look at compared to a beautiful salmon fly, but boy can hide deceiving because these three fly patterns fishing very well. So I also wanted to tie a Film Fly variant that had these "features" in it, and this combination was the one who caught the best of this season.
By having several different fly categories in the same pattern I achieve great flexibility where I can fish with the same main color appearance under different conditions, and resolve difficult situations because I trust 100 percent that this pattern catch salmon. For example, this summer was that I was fishing in a stream where there were a few fish, these had stopped to rest before they went up into an area that has very strong current. This is a place where it was fished pretty hard too, and I had great faith in Film fly the tube version because I know that there are not so many fishing with this color combination. It was with great excitement that I let the fly above a stream neck where I had seen a salmon turn out, the salmon did see this fly three times, and nothing happened. I moved myself further down stream. In this first session it happened nothing, but I had seen the same salmon showing twice in the same place. This time I put the Film fly of attractors edition and at the other cast the salmon took the fly aggressively and decisively. Before the evening was over I had taken two big salmon and run at 3 in the same pattern in this fly.
This is a story that has repeated itself several times for my part, that I have the same fly for several fly categories to choose from and where I then switch to one or the other if not salmon showing interest for the first flyelection. The same thing I experienced when combining nymph and Spey edition of this pattern as well.
Film fly caught salmon in several rivers this season, we catched salmon both in Øyensåa salmon, river Stranda and a secret river we have in the area on this pattern. I keep getting the message that it is used in rivers Orkla and Stjørdalselva also with good luck. So you do not have a pattern like this in your fly boxes, I would recommend you to tye this. Remember that you can tie your favorite fly in several categories as I have done. Winter is the time to experiment by the tying vise , good luck!
Basic pattern, tube fly.
Tail: Yellow Fluoro Fiber.
Rear body: Gold mini flatbraid, 70% of the body.
Front Body: Copper Dubbing.
Hackle # 1: Sunburst soft hen hackle.
Underwing: Sunburst Fox hair.
Over Wing: Brown soft hair, fox or temple dog.
Hackle # 2: Brown hen hackle.
The attractor variant used Sunburst polarbear as tail and Rubber Leg in brown / yellow grizzly combination.
In the body of the film fly Ullsokken and attractor variant I use synthetic dubbing in copper color.
Greeting Steffen and Jan Erik.