The fly box for summer river conditions.

As you have seen, I do not have too many flies in my various fly boxes. Normally it varies between four to seven flies in two-three different sizes, but in this fly box for summer river conditions there are a few more flies. There are three different categories of flies that I use: “normal” salmon flies, nymphs and dry flies. In a way the choice of fly follows the process of the river when it drops. I split this process up into two parts; normal summer river and low summer river. What is a bit funny is that some patterns are included in almost all my fly boxes. One examples of this is the Teal and Silver, I like this pattern so much that I bring it with me throughout the whole season. The fly is tied in various ways as the conditions change, but the main colours are always the same.

I will attempt to give you an overview of the flies I use.

Salmon flies, hook sizes 6-8.
Teal and Silver, Grey and Green, Green Highlander, Kopparslagarfluggu (H. P. Ødegård), Secret Granbo, Red Butt, Mallard and Claret, Jock Scott, and Rotenon (R Tverrfjels variant). I use all these flies in both single and double hook versions, sizes 6-8.

Teal and Silver (summer river).

Butt: Black Wing`n flash.
Tail: White Fluoro fibre.
Body: Silver Flatbraid.
Front body: Black Wing`n flash.
Front hackle no 1: Yellow hen hackle.
Underwing: Yellow fox or temple dog hair.
Overwing: Grey fox or temple dog hair.
Front hackle no 2: Guinea Fowl.

 

Grey and Green (summer river).

Butt: Black Wing`n flash.
Tail: White Fluoro fibre.
Body: Holographic silver Flatbraid micro.
Front Body: Kelly green Fire star dubbing.
Front hackle no 1: Guinea Fowl.
Underwing: Grey fox or temple dog hair.
Overwing: Mossy green fox or temple dog hair.
Front hackle no 2: Grey hen hackle.

 

 

Green Highlander (summer river).

Butt: Black Wing`n flash.
Tail: Golden pheasant topping.
Body: Gold Flatbraid mini.
Front body: Green Angel hair.
Front hackle no 1: Yellow hen hackle.
Underwing: Yellow fox or temple dog hair.
Overwing: Green fox or temple dog hair.
Front hackle no 2: Green grizzly hen hackle.

 

Rotenon (summer river).
This is one of the most recent additions to my summer river fly box. It was Randulf Tverrfjell who first introduced me to this fly, and it quickly gained a permanent spot in my fly boxes. This fly has a special ability to catch big fish too, try this with a floating/sink 3 fly line. I often fish this fly as a “high speed fly” using a floating line, this is often effective for slow, docile salmon.

Tag: Red fluorescent floss.
Tail: Gold pheasant topping.
Body: Black floss.
Ribbing: Oval silver tinsel.
Wing: Black fox hair, with Flashabou mirage pearl.
Front hackle: Light blue hen hackle, sparsely dressed.

 

Kopparslagarfluggu.
This is a local pattern for fishing the River Gaula by Hans Petter Ødergård. Ødergård has created many goof lies for the Gaula salmon, but I believe this fly is the best of them all. One question is whether the Kopparslagarfluggu is actually the best Gaula fly of all times?

Tail: Fibres from mink. Tie in some short, yellow hair on top of the tail.
Body: Flat copper tinsel, ¾ of the length of the body. Front part: black Ostrich herl.
Ribbing: Oval copper tinsel.
Hackle: Cock-y-bondhu hackle, very sparsely dressed.
False hackle: Eurasian Jay.
Wing: Mink tail hair, very sparsely dressed.

 

Secret Granbo (summer river).

Butt: Black Wing`flash.
Tail: Topping, hot orange.
Body: Copper tinsel.
Front body: Pmd coloured angel hair.
Front hackle no 1: Hot orange hen hackle.
Underwing: Hot orange fox or temple dog.
Overwing: Topping, hot orange, use 2 feather, these are tied in at the sides of the underwing.
Front hackle no 2: Brown grizzly hen hackle.

 

 

Red Butt (summer river).

Body: Red Flatbraid mini.
Body hackle: Black hen hackle.
Front body: Black Wing`n flash.
Front hackle no 1: Black hen hackle.
Wing: Black fox or temple dog, tied in with two strands of red gliss`n glow.
Front hackle no 2: Black hen hackle.

 

 

Salmon flies, hook sizes 10-12.
I also tie some of these flies in sizes 10 and 12 on Partridge double trout hooks. These are tied much more sparsely than the largest versions of the same patterns. I like these hooks really well for several reasons, for example the colour of the hook is camouflaged very well in the copper-coloured waters of the River Gaula, this hook also has a downward facing hook eye, which means that these flies will fish better on low rivers with slow flows. Gaute Hjemble from Haltdalen introduced me both to the Kopparslagarfluggu and to tie flies for low summer river conditions on these hooks.

Teal and Silver (low summer river).

Tail: Fibres from grey grizzly hen hackle.
Body: Holographic silver Flatbraid micro.
Front body: Black wing`n flash.
Wing: Grey fox or temple dog hair.
Front hackle: Grey grizzly hen hackle.

 

 

Green Highlander (low summer river).

Tail: Gold pheasant tippet.
Body: Holographic gold tinsel from Flatbraid micro.
Front body: Kelly green Fire Star dubbing.
Underwing: Yellow fox or temple dog hair.
Overwing: Mossy green fox or temple dog hair.
Front hackle: Mossy green hen hackle.

 

 

Red Butt (low summer river).

Body: Red Flatbraid mini.
Front body: Black Wing`n flash.
Wing: Black fox or temple dog hair.
Front hackle: Black hen hackle.

 

 

Mallard and Claret (low summer river).

Tag: Gold tinsel.
Tail: Gold pheasant tippet.
Body: Burgundy seals fur.
Wing: Brown fox or temple dog hair.
Front hackle: Brown hen hackle.

 

 

Jock Scott, variant (low summer river).

Tail: Gold pheasant tippet.
Body: Warm yellow floss.
Front body: Black Wing`n flash.
Ribbing: Oval gold tinsel.
Wing: Brown grizzly hen hackle fibres.
Hackle: Brown grizzly hen hackle.

 

 

 

Big Brother and Little Brother Red Butt.

In part 3 of this article I will tell you about my experiences with nymph and dry fly fishing for spooky salmon in low summer river conditions. This article will be out March 8.

 

 

 




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