Published Jan 25. 2009 - 12 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 18. 2015


Tying flies not meant for fishing sounds odd to some but dragging others into the world of advanced techniques. Anders Ovesen takes us into his cave of threads and feathers and reveals some puzzles needed to tie da old school style. Hang on to this detailed description and fly to the 

The Pefectionist - with a small salmon caught on a normal salmon fly
Vendula Smutkova

Anders and Rasmus Ovesen - two brothers who tie flies and they do it the way a fly should be tied. They are both very, very serious about their common hobby and have invented quite a few flies especially designed for sea trout along the Scandinavian coast lines and pikes in the lakes. Their fishing flies are tied showing small attractive details but when they dive into some real tying it becomes much more fascinating.

When Anders went to The Czech Republic for Christmas Holiday in 2008 he brought some materials and tools along with his girlfriend Vendula. She packed her camera and they relaxed for couple of weeks.

Some people would not equalize relaxation and tying a fully dressed modern feather winged salmon fly, but that is exactly what Anders does. Concentrated to the max but yet freeing his mind while tying a fly to perfection. It is meditation from the start to the end, which takes three, four maybe five, six or seven hours.
Some other flies from the hands of Anders
Vendula shot the sequence and they contributed with this looong step-by-step invitation for tying a classic. Well, "classic" might not be the correct term as Anders adds a modern touch to his flies which takes the classic techniques into our century and make them interesting for the serious, self developing and curious tier.

When the fly is finished Anders does not pay much attention to it. The challenge is over and is quickly placed in some box and will rarely see the sun light again. If you would like to be challenged but still want to have your hand held by some "grown-up" watch the easy to follow guide beneath - and please note, that the theory behind the new modern feather winged salmon flies and standards of proportions etc. takes quite some time to get into, but that is some of the fun.

Jock Scott -
Blue Tide -
Lime'n Jungle -
Vendula Smutkova

The instructions are found with each picture, but also above as a full text.

Vendula Smutkova
The finished fly
The finshed fly
Vendula Smutkova


hi, I`ve got very ol...

hi, I`ve got very old english flies with cat intestine hook. I`ve got 30 with double hook and 20 with single hook. I can take some photographs...?

my great uncle inven...

my great uncle invented the old faithful and their are not to many people who tie it any more just family members now most people who tie it ouside the family I am told tie it somewhat backwords the man that invented it was leslie hinshaw sometime back in the fifties

Has anybody ever hea...

Has anybody ever heard of a wet fly called the old faithful and know how to tie it

Beautiful!! Well don...

Beautiful!! Well done! Sooner or later I'll try my hand at this art form.

The fly has very goo...

The fly has very good balance in size of all its components, and a well thought out colour that mix well

You are a true artis...

You are a true artist Anders. Thanks for sharing the proces.


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