cul de canard

Here’s a sedge, tied in a peculiar way. I love the antennae, and the simplicity. That thing looks quite buggy to me. And if it weren’t enough, you get Selah Sue on the soundtrack. Fantastic! Here’s what the tier has to say (translation after the vid):

Cela fait depuis une saison que je ne possède plus de cou de coqs pour monter mes mouches. En effet j’utilise désormais un maximum de matériaux que je n’achète pas. Connaissant quelques chasseurs ça aide … Le prix d’un bon cou de coq étant relativement élevé, j’essaie de m’en passer. Voici donc le montage d’un sedge en cul de canard dans sa version à flottaison basse. Le dubbing de lièvre utilisé pour ce modèle ayant tendance à s’imbiber vous ne pourrez pas pêcher avec tout un après midi. Elle s’avère parfaite pour pêcher sur gobages

I’ve been tying my flies without a cape for a season now. Indeed, I use as much as I can materials I don’t buy. Knowing a couple of hunters helps… The price of a good cock cape being relatively high, I try to do without. So here’s the tying of a CDC sedge in a version which stays low on the film. The hare’s dubbing tends to soak, so you won’t be able to fish this fly a whole afternoon. It’s the perfect fly to target a rising fish.

Of ribs

Weilenmann, still laboring for the good of mankind as a whole…

I can’t believe that guy. The day the powers that be ask for good whether ’tis better for the universe to keep humanity in it, this guy will count for something.

Today it’s about tying off ribs. Even this he does better than the lot.

Thanks Hans!

Bead party

I’m tying a couple of flies for this week-end. Tomorrow I’ll meet the boys for the Rodhouse gang at Coyolles, and we’re in for a day of test casting a heap of rods, and secondarily trying to catch a trout. It will be tons of fun. Then Sunday I’m fishing the Salamandre with a couple of friends from the club. There I will be experimenting with Greg’s float tube. It’s my first time with the float, I expect it to be an adventure. And of course, I plan to catch all the big trouts of the lake. Possibly on my 3wt.

So, since my tying stuff box is rather anorexic, I’m going the creative way… My love reluctantly allowed me to plunder the super cool box of glass beads she uses with the girls to make girly things.

Fantastic flytying potential, I say.

Excellent to make all kind of buzzers and chiro nymphs, etc. At some point I thought “My, this would make an amazing body for an emerger, let’s make one with a big thing to float it and the glass body hanging under… I could use the float as a bobber, and hang a buzzer under it.”

That’s me being crafty at the vise.

The problem is that the bead, although not big, are not small either, so to get a good looking abdomen I tied it on a 12 B-100 hook. Cool. But that’s a lot of hook, plus the 5 glass beads to float. I needed a sizeable device. First I tried with a styro bead, but it lacked buoyancy. Somewhat inspired by the Teardrop loop wing seen at Marc’s, I resorted to a kind of loop wing in foam and a parachute hackle.

Looks good to me, but it’s still not enough: most of the wing is under the film. It floats, but way too low. I have to try with less beads, and something buoyant for the thorax also.

This translucency is seriously cool. The fish should agree, or they know nothing about cool looking flies.

Wish me luck.

Pike stuff

With winter coming up, pike season is upon us. This guy — who is clearly too good to be true — reminds us what a delicate business it is to tie a fly. A pike fly. Manly flies.

Actually, the result looks quite fishy to me. But the style, O the style…

I think I just found the anti-Weilenmann. That’s even better than Higgs’ Boson. If these two ever were to shake hands, they would probably disintegrate, releasing an amount of energy approximating the sum of their masses by the celerity of light squared.

Same stuff probably happened a 6500 years ago in the Crab nebula. I guess pike season is over up there.

Sharp stop

The imitation may be Impressionist, Cubist, Futurist, Post-Impressionist, Pre-Raphaelite, or caricature. The commonest is caricature. It therefore catches most fish.

GEM Skues, The Way of a Trout with a Fly, p. 78.

Immortal words of enlightened wisdom, kindly reminded to us by Alex Vulev on SL.

“Sharp stop on the backcast”. Pablo Picasso (1924). Collage, 92×65.