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Mikes salmon flies 04 – Snow Fly

Number 4 in the the Mikes salmon flies series. The Snow Fly sporting a heral wing.

Here is a copy of a snow fry which I have 4 in my collection, You will notice the body is kept deliberately thin the tinsel is wound straight onto the hook. I have mounted my swan underwing first. Touch of varnish has been added to the tying in point and I have removed my waste.

 

Now I wind my heron hackle around the waste butts.

 

now you need to prep your Herl. you can see I’ve split an eye up the middle. now place them back to back keeping the tips even.

 

I have measured the wing for length  now change hands and tied on like a conventional married wing. This will collapse just like a married wing. This will stop your materials going side ways.

 

Now I have mounted my wing, you want the wing to be tight and not flared out in all directions. I have varnished the tying in point and you can now remove your waste.

 

Now I have prepped my jungle cock, you will notice I have trimmed up the fluff leaving about 1mm. You can either varnish this or leave this how it is. you will only get one or two attempted at mounting them correctly or you will need to start again.

 

Tie in your jungle cock along the sides, keeping them even at either side of the wing .

 

here’s a front view of what you are aiming for.

 

remove waste and whip finish again with at least 3 coats of varnish.

 

 

 

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Hammock testing Steinbruvannet vel overstått

Hammock testing Steinbruvannet close in Oslo Groruddalen on october 14. 2017.

Det var en fantastisk solrik dag, og vi hadde mye moro. Noen av de besøkende kom fordi de hadde hørt om det på facebook, men også tilfeldig passerende ble nysgjerrige og kom bort for å se nærmere på hengekøyene. Dagens ord var “fantastisk” – dette var alles kommentar da de hadde lagt seg i hengekøyene vi hadde hengt opp. Telt er en ting fra fortiden, og moderne hengekøyer som Lawson Blue Ridge og Amok Draumr er veien å gå.

Vi har salg på begge akkurat nå – benytt muligheten til å skaffe deg en (eller begge) for den spesialprisen vi tilbyr i hele oktober. Bare ring oss på +47 97123033 for å arrangere en demonstrasjon hvis du gikk glipp av arrangementet 14. oktober.

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It was a wonderful sunny day and we had a lot of fun. Some of the visitors came because they had heard about it on facebook, but other hikers & strollers got interested too … word of the day was “fantastic” – this was everybody’s comment when test-lying in the hammocks we had on “display”. Tents are a thing of the past and modern hammocks like the Lawson Blue Ridge and the Amok Draumr are the way to go.

We have a sale on both right now – make sure to get one (or both) for the special price we offer throughout October. Just give us a call on +47 97123033 to arrange a demonstration should you have missed the event on October 14.

you find our webshop here – http://www.outdoorshop.no

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Mikes salmon flies 03 – durham ranger

Number 3 in the Mikes salmon flies series. The durham ranger – feather wing.

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Mikes salmon flies 02 – achroid

The second fly in the Mikes salmon fly section is the achroid. This is two types of Dee wings combined. The tying instruction focussed on the wing.

pictures & descriptions by Mike Townend, Aberdeen.

When the body is done it comes to putting on the opposite wing on first. First I will need to reverse my thread. How I do this is by wrapping my thread around a needle and placing 3 wraps in reverse. Each wrap working backwards. Now I will tie my far slip with 2 wraps and reverse the thread back using the same method. If you are happy at this point you can cut off your loop. (If I was using a gut eye I would simply take the thread and place it between the gut and iron)

 

Here is a front on view. I know have my two wings tied side by side, now I will trim up my waste and leave a little on. I will put a spot of varnish on the waste ends and bind down with the thread.

 

This is the second style of Dee wing. I what I have seen on the old Dee wings is that they don’t have to meet on the top of the head. You will place this on exactly like the first one but this time the wing is tied on the side of the hook.

 

Now I have placed on my near side, repeat the same finish as the last Dee wing. This should make a robust wing.

 

This is my favourite style of wing, but totally useless when it comes to small sizes. As it just becomes a shell back. So I will suggest you uses this style for larger irons.

 

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Mikes salmon flies – 01 – Lady Caroline Spey

The first fly in the Mikes salmon fly section is the Lady Caroline Spey. Mike thinks you start with this one when entering the world of tying salmon flies.

pictures & descriptions by Mike Townend, Aberdeen.

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just take two, baby … Lawson / Draumr comparison

Hammock camping has gained more and popularity in the last years, not only amongst backpackers and hikers. Pretty much everybody from the aforementioned hikers to those travelling on two or more wheels to get closer to nature and the amazing views and experiences only camping n the woods can provide. It just make sense to get off the ground and sleep hanging between the trees. The benefits are many, some are very factual – others are more based on feelings and the experience involved. Looking at the stars while being soothed in a slightly swinging hammock generally results in a very comfortable and refreshing sleep.

There are several hammock concepts on the marked – two of which we endorse and use ourselves. There is no better than these two systems we believe. Your mileage may vary of course – but hey – it´s all a matter of taste an personal preference but some facts need considering when choosing an overnight full metal jacket camping hammock.

The focus of this article is on hammock systems which are meant for staying overnight and are geared to be used pretty much all year round. Please do not read this with a casual “hangmat” in mind. For this “day” use you find all sorts of hammocks starting at a few “bucks”. The only requirement for those is to support your weight.

A “proper” over night 3 to 4 season hammock and/or tent needs to be sturdy, reliable, waterproof and offer good isolation against the cold. It needs to keep the bugs off too, of course. Many find that one needs to have the ability to change the sleeping position. Being locked up in one specific “hang” isn´t everybody’s cup of tea (or banana shake for that matter).


just take two baby ….

we are now offering two systems – the Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock and the Amok Draumr 3.0 

The Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock is a very easy to use hammock which is also doubles as a ground tent. Bug net and rainfly are included. The construction of the Lawson allows for sleeping sideways, on your back and on your stomach. Isolation agains the cold is achieved by using a sleeping mat inside. I found the bog-standard foam mat in combination with a synthetic sleeping bag works best.

 

New in our shop is the Amok Draumr 3.0. This hammock is a very new concept and does not exactly follow the “hammock” idea in the classical sense. Thinking ut of the box is nice and can result in brilliant products like the Draum 3.0. The Draumr is a bit more complicated to set up as it has more parts to it.

Comparison

Comparison of the Lawson Blue Ridge Hammock and the Amok Equipment Draumr 3.0. A simple foam sleeping pad is advised for the Lawson, but not necessary. The Amok Draumr relies on anb inflated sleeping pad for it´s structural integrity. It does not work without aa sleeping pad. Therefore the cost of the sleeping pad needs being considered when comparing.

To that you´d need to add the cost of a good sleeping bag which I´d budget with at least 2.000 kr.

As you can see the systems run pretty much head to head. The Draumr without TAK is a bit cheaper, but you do not have the rain protection from the tarp. However, it is included for the case you already own a tarp or want to use a different one than the one offered by Amok. There are much larger tarps available. I personally own several.

Of course there are cheaper systems out there, but you as so often in life – you get what you pay for. In the case of an outdoor sleeping systems the worst you pay is a cold and miserable nights sleep and in worst case the end of your holiday due to the cold you got.

Conclusion

There is no clear winner really. Both are head to head in terms of manufacturing quality. They score similar in points and you should try both – heck maybe even own both. One thing is clear – these type of “proper” camping hammocks win over tents any time … as both can be used as a warm and comfy chair for the morning coffee. You just need to find someone to serve the breakfast 😉


We at outdoorshop.no do believe in customer service and our goal is to provide you the best gear around so you can relax and be sure you have good and tested equipment at your disposal. We try and test everything intensively and only sell things we approve for own use.

 

 

 

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Mikes salmon flies

MIKE TOWNEND – SALMON FLIES

Mike Townend, the man – the legend. I met Mike for the first time at the German Fly Fishing Festival in 2014.

It was great event organised by Bernd Ziesche and his friends.Mike, should you not have heard of him already is an amazing salmon fly tier. Should you meet him (or have met him) you´ll find out that he is witty, very open minded and kind person with a very Scottish humor.

Mike is known for the sculptures he ties. Yes, you read correctly – sculptures.

Mike takes attaching feather to a hook to a whole new level. I had never seen any thing like it before.

I asked Mike to tell me a bit about himself and this is what he answered. Short and concise in his own words.

I was was born in RAF nocton hall and raised in Aberdeen. Started fishing at the age of 5, because i am a 3rd generation fisherman. Grandfather was a champion course fisherman, father was a big game sea fisherman.

I started on the trout fish. I started tying flies at the age of 12, i was intrigued by trout flies and back in the day we used to have fantastic evening rises, when you couldnt fail or so I thought.

With a number of years trying and fishing for trout i took up salmon fishing. I met a good friend Phil Glendinning who introduced me to classic salmon flies and a load of yankee style classics. It was a further 2 year before i met one of the last of the great tyers in britain.

He introduced me to many old ways and techniques. Some of the stuff I am going to show you are from him. I have worked as a joiner all my life.

My favorite type of music is varied but my favorite band is pink floyd and my favorite food is anything I can eat haha. I hope you enjoy the flies I have puten together for you.

Don´t hesitate to comment on the articles. Will try to answer as best I can.

 

Below pictures of Mikes art:

 

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Kvåstunet blitt Lawson Hammock forhandler

Vi ønsker Kvåstunet velkommen som Lawson Hammock forhandler …

Postadresse:
Kvåstunet AS
Vemestad
4588 Kvås
Tlf: 95 33 75 65
E-post:
post@kvastunet.no

Kvåstunet er en utpreget friluftsplass, hvor det sammen med det flotte tunet tas i bruk naturen rundt tunet.
Tunet inneholder bl.a. fotballbaner, volleyball, basket, gymsal og flere andre aktiviteter for både store og små. Bademuligheter i Lygnaelva som renner like ved tunet. Denne er også kjent for et rikholdig lakseliv. Utenom Lygna er toppene rundt tunet fulle av små og store vann for både bading og fisking.

Har du glemt noe utstyr for turen?
Butikken på tunet hjelper deg med klær, sko og ellers det du skulle trenge av friluftsutstyr. Området rundt tunet har flotte turområder som kan gjøres til fots eller på sykkel. Tunet leier ut sykler, kanoer eller kajakker for de som ønsker å utforske heiene til veis eller vanns.

Besøk flotte websiden til Kvåstunet her – www.kvastunet.no

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Leonardo – sexyloops weekly blog

t.z. | Friday, 15 September 2017

And again – the simplicity “thing”.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

It is. No kidding. But it takes rather much to find that or these few elements which do the job. The quote implies that the chosen simple solution is more than just an activity, it has to solve a problem. “Do the job”, if you so will and prefer a simpler, more direct language.

Sorry for the repetition – I thought it was the easiest way of getting my point across, even though I repeat myself. But though – who doesn’t?

So let´s talk a litt about the fly I would like to fish more. Like??? — say what? Can´t you just do what you want? – well, I often “preach” the simplicity concept but when by the water I become nervous. What if that thing is actually too simple? Honesty, it feels odd to use a fly which just took 5 minutes max to make. Anyway … here is what happened ….

This late summer I had to trial use almost all of my dries during an evening hatch. I tied them on all – mostly pretty complex flies, like Klinks and the like. Nothing.

Finally I managed to remind myself of what I´m preaching. Use the simple things. I tied the Li-fly on and whammm … It was a huge trout. So big and powerful, I could not get to my hand. The last what I i saw of him was a big salto mortale including a rotation lengthwise. Quite a display in the in the late summers midnight air. F*ck, I screamed rather loud. I´m afraid I woke up most of the village on the other side of the lake with my cursing. Anyway – I granted this artistic display with a very professional LDR (Long Distance Release) Paul has taught me.

… and of course it was the last Li-fly in the box …. typical.

Li-fua (flue = fly) because it is tied with Jurassic hare´s hair and seals fur. The hare is from North Norway, a place the local refer to as Li or Lierne. It´s a take on Gunnar Bingens “dyret“. or shipmans buzzer or or or … I just gave it another name to make things more complicated. 😉

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vice not vise – sexyloops weekly blog

t.z. | Friday, 08 September 2017

I´d like to woffle a bit about vices. The question which vice one needs comes up almost as much as which rod one should use. The right one for the job is the answer.

The job is to hold a hook. Period, not more not less. Some say it also needs to rotate the hook. Fair enough – should you be tying the type of flies which benefit from that specific technique.

The problem with holding hook is that these bent needles (that is a hook) are slippery. Reason is the hardened metal and the finish of the hooks. We want strong, sharp hooks which do not open or break. So the bent needle is “forged” at the bend to add strength, otherwise it would straighten too easy. However, if the forging process goes wrong – meaning pressing the bend too hard, the metal becomes brittle and breaks too easy.

Vices hold the pieces we work on by clamping them. That is the case in the majority of the scenarios. So if that vice is clamping too hard at the forged part, the hook can become brittle and lose it´s strength. That is at least possible. However, many vices do not hold the hooks good enough in my experience. Admittedly my requirements are extreme since I use Dyneema thread and animal hair which I tie in real hard.

The vices clamp is made from metal. This metal needs to match the job requirements too. That is mostly the real difference between the vices. Some vices clamps can actually “chip”, meaning the the very tip of the clamp breaks off when holding the hook. So be aware of that when setting the hook in. Don´t grab the hook too short, or too much, in front of the clamp.

The clamp is closed in different ways.

a) a spring loaded mechanism which is forced open via a lever and closes by itself. The Regal vice is the most known, but also expensive example. There are “copies” of the Regal on the marked, mostly from India or Pakistan. They work equally well, apart from the metal of the jaws. It can chip more easily compared to the stainless steel jaws of the Regal. If you consider a Regal, make sure you get one with the stainless steel jaws. Stonfo also has a spring loaded vice which gained a lot of popularity lately

b) Screws. One or two screws pulling the jaws together. There are a few examples out there which use this approach in a very successful way. These vices sport rather big enough screws.

c) There are various apparatuses combining a screw and lever mechanism pushing the jaws together.

d) The other approach is to stop the hook from rotating – as I would describe it. This needs much less force and so does not put as much stress onto the hook. The hook is held in an eye at the end of a long screw which is pulled in against a surface.

I tried to describe them technically without rating and leave it to you to decide which type of mechanism appeals the most to you. You can see what I use in the pictures.

Budget, is also a question which is up to you. You get what you need in a vice for under 50 dollars. Everything more is fancy and appeals to the fisherman (and his pals) – which of course is something people are very happy to pay a lot of money for. The latest I heard of was vice for 1.175 GBP which per today is 1.500 USD – that is onethousandfivehundred bucks, dough, bread, tamales, scratch, moolah, cheddar, Cheese, guap, lettuce, paper, scrilla, scrill, stash, chips, cake, cabbage, Benjamin, Benji, loot smackers, simoleons, ducats or whatever you preferred nomenclature is … OK, the flies of that thing come with a catch guaranty, I´m sure …………….. not.