” In certain circles, it is rumored that anciently there was a fly pattern that possessed such magical fish-catching mojo that no fish could resist its siren-esque call. A fly with material so secretive that it was said there existed only one source of it hidden high in the Andes of Patagonia on the testicles of a golden Guanaco. A fly pattern so powerful that any angler who should possess it was assured of 100 fish days and to whom women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano.”
those kind of statements sure get my attention !.. because i know that this teeny-tiny fly will get a lot of fish’s attention as well.
simples as simples to tie as it gets, even when not fishing them on their own this is the kind of fly i most usually always have trailing behind a dry, wet or ‘standard’ nymph. they’re that effective. nope, it may not look like much or even special at all to us anglers but we’re not the ones racing to chomp them down either.
although the exact thread might not be the easiest to find for those of us outside of the US, the basic design is a proven one. in fact, when typically endowed with a few hackle fibres to represent a tail, this design is really the go-to for nymphing in France and neighbouring countries and highly favoured among competitors. now, i’ve mentioned many times how much i despise fishing competitions but that last point tells us that these flies can be counted on to be consistent producers: something us ‘amateurs’ can happily take to the water and enjoy without the stress of having to score points !
click the image above to access Curtis Fry‘s great tying tutorial and see the finer points of this little thing’s construction.
i know full well that most of you don’t understand french and for once that’s a real shame as this wonderful little film on Pierre Miramont is about as good as it gets.
although he died a while back, Pierre is still a leading figure and a great inspiration on everything fly fishing in France. author, half artist/half poet/half chocolate and pastry maker/half fly tier/half entomologist/half fisher, he knew how to combine all of that while sharing the good word and and enticing folks of all ages to enjoy our activity.
merci Pierre, i would have liked to meet you.
ever heard of southern California steelhead ? neither had i until this film.
as noted in the beginning, we all know of this wondrous species but it’s basically all from much further north along the Pacific coast or north-east Great Lakes region. much more than just a ‘save the fish so we can fish it… ‘ type of effort, these people are interested in simply trying to restore a balance between a thriving human presence and nature. if the steelhead do well, then it’s the whole ecosystem that does well. the canary effect.
i hope you’ll enjoy this very informative film and feel moved enough to pass it on. as mentioned, few people know of the presence of these fish in this region of the world and the more people know, the more chances we’ll have to give them the possibility to go have fish sex where fish sex is supposed to happen: in their upstream bedrooms.
we can worry about how to catch and release them later if all goes well.
lets hope it does.
sound cool, huh ? cooler still is this underfur dubbing was collected from tree branches and other scratchy areas where these fantabulous beasts from Greenland like to rub their massive butts bodies. no messing shaving or mindless slaying !
filmed last year by Ákos Szmutni, here’s what this lovely prehistoric stuff looks like.
“Let me introduce a new and unique dubbing material, the Muskox Underfur. This fine underfur is the softest and warmest natural fibre in the world. Supply is extremely limited and this is the most expensive and valuable wool in the world. This fur is translucent and durable. Ideal for nymph, caddis, spider and dry fly patterns. The colour is also natural: cream, tan, and smoke. This fur is extremely rare, and we are sure this will be a very requested fly tying material in near future. I selected and collected it carefully from woods, this summer in Greenland, when I was there on a fishing trip.”
if you too are worried about your lovely flies getting cold and want to try out something that’s really out of the ordinary give this stuff a try. you can find it here but be quick, there’s only a few packs left !
as mentioned recently, i’ve been working on this little ‘for the love of water‘ photo gallery project and for some unknown reason today seems like the right time to let it breathe.
some images have been shared here before but image resolution and size on TheLimpCobra, at least in my opinion, don’t really do them justice. so, when my friend Ulf Börjesson recently shared his own Portfoliobox gallery i knew that it was time to do something about this.
since water is always in constant movement this will be an evolving platform, my plan is to regularly change images to avoid a static ‘book format’ gallery. to navigate, simply click right or left of the page. you just might find some interesting textures and details that have been hidden so far by zooming into parts of the larger format images. access the gallery by clicking the image below.
i hope these images will take you to a nice place. enjoy !