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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-flua (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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sea trout flies – KRAMPA  

some more Seatrout flies …

I hope you liked the tying instructions for the “Klympen” & the “Vaskebjørn”. The “Krampa” is another take on the “Klympen” fly. the difference is how you use the dubbing loop. There os other version with CDC, but I prefer to use this dubbing loop technique.

CDC is expensive and not as flexible in it´s use – I think.
Anyway … this fly is also a good example on how this “spilt thread dubbing loop” can work. I would say this opens a myriad of options.


There are many more videos on this fly on the “net” – speciflicly the ones fom Eivind Berulfsen are very detailed.


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sea trout flies – KLYMPEN

Seatrout flies …

I hope you liked the tying instructions for the Vaskebjørn. Another very effective, but even more simple fly is the “Klympen” — This pattern can look very different depending on who you ask.

Originally a danish fly named after a fishing spot for imaginary seatrout emerged into something rather different looking. It´s simple to tie and very effective. I tie them in orange, black and green to cater for various water and light conditions.

However, finding the fish is the key … some are having issues and call seatrout fishing imaginary … others (like Bernd & Lars) are more successful – sorry Paul.

There are many more videos on this fly on the “net” – speciflicly the ones fom Eivind Berulfsen are very detailed.

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Deer Hair Caddis

t.z. | Friday, 15 April 2016

The DHC is maybe the most fished dry fly pattern ever. The famous deer hair caddis. It´s not exaggerated to say that one can get away with fishing only this type of fly in various sizes and colours almost exclusively. It represents all and everything ….. However, tying with deer hair takes a bit of practice before one gets it right. It pays off to learn the pinching loop.

I little blast from the past. I took these pictures many years ago. My tying has hopefully advanced since, but it was a start of sharing fly tying with other via the internet. So give this a try yourself. I know the fly on the pics look far from super nice or perfect. But it catches like mad, that I know.

Deer Hair Caddis

standard dry fly hook

lie a thread base and form a dubbing loop with thread

This we have not doen before.
Basically it is making an extra loop with the the tying thread.
I have since learned to split the thread. It´s easier I think.

spinn seals fur in the dubbing loop

wind the seals fur on to the hook counterclockwise
secure this by ribbing the body with your tying thread clockwise

snipp off the dubbing loop remains and secure with afew wraps


snipp off a few fibres of deer hair

and measure the length you need

trade hands and snipp off the deer hair

hold the hair over the hook as shown

and bring the thread
up between you thumb and the pinched material
amd down on the other side

This creates a loop areound the material which you hold (pinch) between your fingers.
Repeat the process three or four times.

let go of the matrial just a little bit by stretching your fingers.
Than pull down on the loop you have woven around the material 3 / 4 times.

this sets the deer hair wing nicely in place

secure with afew wraps through the deer hair head and finish with a whip finish

fly form the side

the top

and from under

Good luck with the pattern and tight lines!