The fly box for rivers in Spring flood.

Here you can see pictures of and tying instructions to the tube flies I use the most for fishing a high and cold river. I said in my article on fly fishing a river during a Spring flood that I prefer large flies in strong colours, also using synthetic tying materials. This is important, as we then offer the salmon a better chance to notice the fly when the river is high. My patterns follow the established theories saying that light-coloured flies works best for clear waters. The fly that is the exception to this and has non-traditional colours is the Yellow/White Wing. I have used white flies since 1994 when fishing for Spring salmon in cold rivers. Often this has been a sure bet, but it is not always easy to obtain the materials for this fly, so that my pattern has differed somewhat. To my knowledge, Mikael Frødin is the creator of the Yellow/White Wing fly. When I first saw this fly I knew it would have a permanent place in my fly boxes. I have modified my pattern slightly compared to Frødin’s pattern, but the main colour combinations are the same.

My Flomflua variant also has a place in this Spring flood fly box, as orange flies are very effective in cold water too, and the Gaula salmon love these flies. I tie some of my flies in different versions. The Green Highlander tube I also tie without the black overwing and black front hackle, and I use this variant when the river is really cold. The same goes for the Blålystuba. One of my biggest favourites is the Teal and Silver variant, tied in two different versions for Spring flood fishing, one with a lot of flash and one without flash. I want the opportunity to fish according to the “opposite” theory in these conditions as well. Most fishermen use a lot of flash in their flies this early in the season, therefore it is good to be able to fish with something a bit different. This fly has been a real “big salmon” – killer for me over the past two seasons. You can tie these tube flies using wings as long as you want to. These wings very rarely tangle with the hooks, as I tie in the wing the opposite way and support it with the thickest tube. See the article “Short tube bodies”. There you will see that the lead thread is helping to balance the fly’s actions in the water.


Yellow/White ving.

Tag: Wing`n Flash, also tied in as support for the long tail.
Tail: White Fluoro fibre.
Body: Gold flatbraid mini.
Front body: Hot Yellow, salmo supreme dubbing.
Front Hackle no 1: Yellow hen hackle.
Underwing: Yellow Blue Fox hair.
Middle wing: Yellow temple dog or silver fox, in 2 lengths, shortest at the base, with some yellow and pearl Crinkle mirrorl.
Front Hackle no 2: Yellow hen hackle, somewhat longer than the first hackle.
Overwing: White temple dog, somewhat longer than the middle wing, flash in the same variants are tied in between the overwing.
Front Hackle no 3: White hen hackle, longer fibres than hackle no 2.

 

Flomtuba.
Tied on a Hot Orange tube.

Tag: Black Wing`n Flash, also tied in to support the long tail.
Tail: Hot oransje, Fluoro Fiber.
Body: Gold Flatbraid mini.
Front body: Pmd, Angel Hair.
Body hackle: Dubbed Pmd Angel hair using a dubbing twister (see the article “Sparkling fly bodies”).
Front Hackle no 1: Orange hen hackle.
Underwing: Orange blue fox hair.
Middle wing: Orange temple dog or silver fox hair in 2 lengths, the shortest at the base. Add orange and pearl Crinkle mirror, mix this in between the wings.
Front Hackle no 2: Orange hen hackle, somewhat longer than hackle no 1.
Overwing: Orange temple dog or silver fox hair, somewhat longer than the middle wing, mix the same type of flash in between the wings.
Front Hackle no 3: Long orange hen hackle.

 

Green Highlander.
Tied on a fluorescent green tube.

Tag: Black, Wing`n Flash.
Tail: Fluorescent green Fluoro Fibre.
Body: Yellow Flatbraid.
Tinsel: Oval gold.
Front body: Green, Angel Hair.
Front Hackle no 1: Green hen hackle.
Underwing: Yellow blue fox hair.
Middle wing: Green temple dog or silver fox. Mix in yellow and pearl Crinkle mirror.
Front Hackle no 2: Green hen hackle, somewhat longer than hackle no 1.
Overwing: Black temple dog or silver fox, same flash material as in the middle wing.
Front Hackle no 3: Long black hen hackle.

 

Teal and Silver.

Tag: Black, Wing`n Flash.
Tail: White, Fluoro Fiber.
Body: Silver, Flatbraid mini.
Front body: Black, Wing`n Flash.
Front Hackle no 1: Yellow hen hackle.
Underwing: Yellow blue fox hair.
Middle wing: 2 sections, the first with yellow and the other with grey temple dog or silver fox hair, mix in some silver Gliss`n Glow flash.
Front Hackle no 2: Yellow hen hackle, somewhat longer than hackle no 1.
Overwing: Black temple dog or silver fox hair. Longer than the middle wing
Front Hackle no 3: Long black hen hackle.

 

Blålystuba.

Tag: Black, Wing`n Flash.
Tail: Blue, Fluoro Fiber.
Body: Silver, Flatbraid mini.
Front body: Pearl blue, Angel Hair.
Front Hackle no 1: Blue hen hackle.
Underwing: Blue blue fox hair.
Middle wing: Blue temple dog or silver fox hair, 2 lengths – shortest at the base, and a mix of blue and pearl Crinkle mirror.
Front Hackle no 2: Blue hen hackle, somewhat longer than hackle no 1.
Overwing: Black temple dog or silver fox hair, somewhat longer than the middle wing, with the same mix of flash.
Front Hackle no 3: Long black and soft hen hackle.

Remember that all the wings should be tapered, which means that you increase the length of the wing as you tie in the various wing sections.




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