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First published before January 1st 2001 - More than 14 years ago
Fly fisher's knots
Illustrations of the best knots for your flylines, leaders and tippets
LinksA test in the print magazine Fly Fisherman showed the Trilene and the Orvis knot to be equally strong and on top of that said that they were able to maintain 100% of the line strength. I really have my doubt if that will hold for all types and thicknesses of line, but still it does prove that these could be the knots of choice for the concerned fly fisher. I personally prefer knots that pass the line through the eye twice - like the Trilene and the Palomar knot. My favorite loop knot is the Surgeons loop which is easy to tie and has served me well. If I need a guiding knot, I tie the Mörrum Guiding knot.
Read the intro to the knot section
About setting up reel, backing and line
About tying your own leaders
Leader and tippet Q&A
Modern fly fishing
Review: In this series of DVD's Johan Klinberg takes us on different kinds of fly fishing with internationally renown anglers or local experts, Mountain Media has reached both new heights in their productions as well as a potentially very large audience. Czech nymphing, dry fly fishing, wet fly fishing and streamer fishing.
Read the review here
Rule no. 3½
Listen up: Fishing on the coast in the winter is very close to some obscure kind of self torture. There are only vague chances of catching anything, it's usually pretty unconfortable and you would mostly be better off staying home tying flies. But GFF partner Martin Joergensen went out anyway.
Join him here.
10 rules for C&R
Book and DVD Review: Rick Hafele's been the entomology columnist for American Angler magazine for years, co-authored "The Complete Book of Western Hatches", and did the video "Anatomy of a Trout Stream". With "Nymph-Fishing Rivers and Streams", he brings it all together with an excellent textbook and a 72 minute DVD.
Click here to read the review
Listen up: Martin Joergensen ponders a bit about crowding and how to avoid anglers congesting in certain spots on the water. His main advice is to walk and avoiding fishing close to parking lots, because anglers seem to find these easily accessible places the most productive.
All 16 minutes and 42 seconds here
Eastern Europe: Kasper Mühlbach - GFF's eternal grayling hunter - takes on another challenge from the Lady of the Stream. This time he travels to the Czech Republic to learn from former Czech National Fly Fishing Team member Jan Siman. Does the Eastern European grayling differ from the Swedish one?
Join the two on their trip here.
The Real Rag Worm
A wiggling rag worm: Every year in March and April the rag worms emerge from the bottom to secure the next generation. They swim freely in the water, wiggling from one side to the other. Sea gulls feed on the from above and many fish species seem to focus on them from beneath.
See how to tie an effective tandem fly here
Bright: This is another bright tube fly for clear water designed by Danish fly tyer Ken Bonde Larsen. And another one that uses a cone to add weight to the front of the fly. And another one, where the metal cone can be replaced by a common head or a plastic cone.
You can see detailed step-by-step photos here.
Big Hole Demon
Twoface: A classical pattern originated back in the sixties - here adapted for Scandinavian sea trout fishing, but probably also useful for bass and other species as well as the brownies it was originally tied for. The fly is fairly easy to tie and we have made it even simpler.
See how to go about it here.
Trout from Small Streams
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