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tiistai 17. tammikuuta 2017

Season 2016 in 15 minutes

2016 was a nice memorable season for me,not many big fishes landed but many good ones,and a new milestone made,think I never been so much on the water before and not a single blank trip either.

Went thru my pics from 2016 the other day and decided to make a short fast clip of it,no fancy editing or other refinement,so here it is,hope you enjoy to watch.


torstai 12. tammikuuta 2017

Happy new year 2017

So,It's a new year and time for new tricks.
Winter time has always been a painful time when waiting for open water,so even this year but not as bad as usually for many different reasons.
I have been able to get my hands on so many new very cool quality tying materials which has been one huge inspiration source for some tying.

If I have to name some of the coolest materials my first choice would be Harelines Ripple ice fiber in both UV and "normal" versions,gives a good extra for the fly,especially in the headpart of it.

It really gives the glow on a ordinary decivier.

The UV version of the Ripple ice fiber really pops out.

Think also the ordinary Ripple ice fiber looks good.
Next material I also like very much is Hedron Magnum flash in pearl dyed colors,a very cool addition to the Magnum flash family.
They don't may look like much in package but think it's cool to blend some strands of it with normal colored flash in your flies.I love it.

In my opinion this type of flash is to give more volume to the fly,I have added the blue and/or lavendel color to Holo silver for example,but of course you can use it as "main flash" too
Yellow suits Holo yellow or gold,looks cool in green also,many possibilities imo.

Think you can see it best on the two flies posing with a beer can,

Third cool material which need to mentioned is body material for my pike flies called  Polar reflector flash from Hareline,a chenille/brush..whatever you wanna call it,

I really like this chenille a lot,so soft and easy to wrap around the shank,a new favourite for me.

As you can see on the pic above there's a red hook,a Partridge hook made for Vision ? Called  Big Mama,thinner version is called Big Daddy,Anyway,nice to have options on that front too

Look similar to to Predator and Predator X 

Last but not least I got some shrimp hooks in size 6.Partridge CS 54 which I just had to try to tie on.
It's a long time since I was dragged so far from my comfort zone but...it was fun but still think pike flies are more of my thing.

That's all for now,while waiting for open water it's good time to check out Perch pro 2017.
As a fly guy my sights laying on team Vision/Fly-Dressing Who's actually fish so well that even I feel the raising interest for perch fly fishing.
Soon it's also time for Fly VS Jerk which also is a "must see for me" coming in February.

You can see both competitions here ---> https://www.youtube.com/user/kanalgratisdotse

lauantai 24. joulukuuta 2016

Merry Christmas.

Wanna wish all readers and followers a very good peaceful Christmas.
Stay safe and take care of each other.

sunnuntai 11. joulukuuta 2016

Fly tying news.

Thought it would have been more difficult to integrate to tying flies in my new lab but to be honest I must say I have been pretty productive lately,almost surprised myself.
I think one key factor has been to tie couple of one pattern,change to some other pattern --> couple of flies etc,etc.
Also playing around with some materials,just for fun but also to get some kind of variety to it all.

Mostly articulated flies has come out from my vise even if they has caused some disagreement here and there because of double hooks,well,I have fished with them for a season and haven't noticed they would cause more damage than flies with single hooks,good to have options imo.

One pattern I really wait to fish with is a fly tied on a 6/0 Partridge Predator X Jig 60 hook with a Fly-Dressing Sculpin head and a Partridge Predator X 4/0 hook,

Had some awesome results with this pattern last season even I fished only a short time with them.
Not funny to cast but as I said,I like to have options.

What I really looking forward to is to see if I could match spin guys with these flies in late spring season when they diggin pikes among reeds with their spinner baits,will tie some with a reed protection too.Got a feeling this could be a killer

Some ordinary flies of course too...

On the one with a custom painted wiggletail I also played a bit with Senyo Lazer dub,a material I have almost forgot I got in stock,cool to play around a bit.

Tubes and Beast variations is next on line,got a lot of them but no man can have too many flies so as soon as I get some more materials like thread,glue etc,etc there will be some serious box filling until I'll be able to go out again.

maanantai 28. marraskuuta 2016

Season 2016 second and final end.

Was lucky to get couple of new chances after the "first end of the season" but as I see the things now there won't be new chances anymore so  Nov.26 2016 will be written in history as a season end for me.Forecasts promise very cold weather for next two weeks and I would be very surprised if we would see another miracle.
Anyway,as I wrote in a earlier post,days are shorter and a good plan were you gonna fish is crucial so I checked wind directions and water levels very carefully before I went out.
Wind from East 4-6 m/s,cloudy,some small rain showers and a water level of +40 cm sounded promising.
My earlier experiences told me that slightly deeper calm bays would be my top priority target for today,also set my sights to 15 minutes after sunrise.

I arrived to the shore about 6.15 am and it was pitch black so I had some time to gear up.
My plans was to fish a bit deeper than I normally do so I changed my line to a fast intermediate,the water were I fish is crystal clear so I thought it could be hard to get pikes to get the fly close to surface,still you can fish in shallow areas with a Int.line too.
So,paddled out 150 m to the first spot and four,maybe fifth cast and first fish landed,a two kg bugger.
Not many casts later I felt someone was nibbling the fly when just three meter from the yak a Ma'm hit it hard,water was so cold that there wasn't any big fights and not until I chingripped her I noticed that it was a slightly better one,4-5 kilos.

As you can see it was still pretty dark,have had some good moments before just before daylight steps in.

Next destination wasn't too far so after five minutes my battleship was slowly gliding into position just before full daylight,Saw two boats a way out fishing a windy reedbank,I was hoping I had made right decision by stayin on calm side.

On these short days my fishing is pretty intensive so no long coffee breaks now.A banana and some juice and out with the fly,strip....strip....strip....and BOOM.
First cast and fish on and seconds later fish landed,no big drama with this fish either.

Was very happy on how the day started.
Caught some smaller fishes too from same anchoring spot when I again felt a slightly better one on the other end of the line but as with the other fishes,no big fight now either.

Was wondering could this be same fish I landed maybe ten minutes earlier ? Not sure about that but at least I had some daylight now.
Landed couple more fishes from this bay.

Even if the fishing was good I decided to try my luck on the windy side.
Said and done,
Only to paddle couple of minutes to get there so no big deal.
Funny how the water was totally different here,so clear I decided to change the fly to a more dark color.

Fished for a while here but very soon I gave up the hope,why sit here and freeze when I can go to to a shelter place much warmer and even fishing was better there.Landed just one bugger here.

On my way back I noticed that it was getting colder and when I looked at the sky I was pretty sure I would see some snow soon.
Still beautiful colors.

Oh gosh I love autumn colors.
It was a small bay with barely no wind at all so I decided to paddle to the end and started to fish from a drifting kayak.
On the second drift I felt something heavier hit my fly and after a short battle I landed biggest of the day,not a monster size but a nice one anyway.

After this fish I fished for about 15 minutes and landed one more fish and decided to stop fishing even if I could have fished for maybe two hours more but thought I would be happier to put an end on my season with a smile on my face than to perhaps not get anything on the rest of the day.

Used only two flies on my last day of season 2016,landed 14 out of 18 with the upper one and 4out of 18 with the copper toned and a custom painted wiggletail,can't be anything but happy with this day.
Now it's time to start thinking of new plans for 2017.
Some tuning of my kayak,some (a lot) fly tying and map study is on top of the list
Not a winter without FlyVS Jerk which will be out in February,nice to have a Finnish team in the competition too.
And of course some tying videos will be both watched and also made so stay tuned.

keskiviikko 23. marraskuuta 2016

Rumble in man cave.

When my daughter moved out I immediately started to build a man cave for me and had big plans of this and that but since that dramatic change in the weather which allow me to fish again there has been a break in styling,except a carpet and a chair.
But what there has been is some tying even if my material is all in boxes in a locker.

Also there has been a lack of inspiration every now and then but somehow I have managed to find it in form of conversations with friends or from https://www.facebook.com/groups/1539980909589609/
(not sure you can see it) but it's a group called Northern Pike Fly Fishing Finland,quality tying and good stuff overall.
There hasn't been tons of flies tied but at least some.here's some pics.

First fly tied in my new lab.

These articulated flies has been outstanding this Autumn so I want to have a good amount of them tied just in case.

Pretty much based on Niklaus Bauer "Black bream" pattern but I have tried to put in my own twist to it by adding one bunch of bucktail but on the other hand left out some other materials.
I can swing this bastard with my #9 weight rod a whole day without a need of sick leave,I love it.

But I wan't to tie other stuff too so my next mission is to tie some smaller replacement flies for my old ones,noticed that many of them were badly chewed.
Also wanna work on a pattern I have had in mind for a while now,need something to match my friends spinnerbaits in late springtime,no worries,not gonna add any blades on them,just a view of a weed guard is haunting me,it just has to be tried out.
Luckily I got time to do some plans yet.