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  1. Hi all Season is not far away now, I can feel it every day coming closer and closer. In less than 55 days it's time to once again cast your salmon fly into wirvles and pools of hope. I thought I'd take some Easter time to present my ideas on sizes in flies, especially tubes The pattern I have choosed is the Greenlander simply because I have it in all sizes. The pic show a microtube 2cm wing, a standard tube 5-6 cm wing and a large tube 8-9 cm wing. I've also included a size 5 double just for referrence. I think theese are almost the only sizes you need in a daylight, clearwater salmon fly. The wide gap inbetween in size prvents you from changing from a 6cm to a 7cm tube or from a size 5 to a 7 hook, wich the salmon probably wont even notice. Well this is just my idea on sizes. I believe in it very strongly but I have no problem with critisism so kick my ass if you like (verbaly that is) Skitt fiske :headbang: Tompa
  2. Hello Letumgo Nice tube, your getting there my man I think when it comes to salmonflies the only thing that counts is the length of the wing, especially on tubes. What to be considered an allround length of a tube fly varies a lot from river to river. In river Orkla the most common size are 4-6 cm but that is considered to be a small fly in river Alta. Based on my experience my standard tubes have 4-6cm wings with a x-small cone and size 9 treble. My standard collection of tubes however varies from 1,5 cm - 10 cm. I also have some large monster tubes (Mikkeli Blues) in 15 cm wing lenght but they are not so widely used. Hope it helps and keep up the good work Tompa
  3. Sorry forgot to attach thge fly Here it is.
  4. Hi all This clearwater tube has been in my boxes since I first saw it in an article. I love it when it comes to early fishing and the river is clear. A basic fly one might call it. As usual it is a M.Frödin pattern and it is called Black Green Helmet, here's how to tie it. Tube: XS+M FITS' Tag: Oval silver Lagartun Tail: Green Flurofibre Body: Rear 1/2 Holo Silver Flatbraid, front half Black Lite Brite dubbing Rib: Mirage saltwater flash Bodyhackle: black Front hackle: Black Wing: Pearl Mirrorflash, Green hair, Black hair, Chartreause Ice Angel hair, Long black hair, Olive Angelhair, Peacock herl if you desire Sides: JC Head: Fluo green conehead or Turbo conehead Good luck When it comes to fishing the Orkla , in wich I spend 90 % of my salmon fishing days, I go like this. I rent a cabin or put my Wohnwagen in some camping spot. Then I buy season tickets at 2-3 favourite spots i.e Vormstad and Prestgaard beats. In addition I have 3-4 weeks at private beats both in Orkla and Gaula. This season I´m lucky enough to have "Pappaledigt" that is Swedish government is paying me to spend time taking care of my son. So I´m gonna stay in Orkla from 1st June to 31st August. Skitt fiske //T
  5. Hi all My workhorse #2 is the Patakhorva. It's colors makes it ideal for brown rivers and after a spate when the water is a bit tea coloured. But I have also caught salmons with it in clear water and sunshine. It is also a very good evening and night fly. The recipe goes: Tube: XS+M FITS Hook: Black 2-12 Tag: Gold tinsel and flu red antron Tail: Fluo red Fluro fibre Body: Rear 1/2 Copper Flatbraid, front 1/2 Black Lite Brite dubbing Ribb: Gold mini flatbraid Body hackle: Hot orange badger Front hackle: Black Ringneck or other spey like Wing: Root beer and copper Gliss n glow, fiery brown hair divided into 3 well tapered bunches with Crayfish orange Angel hair inbetween. Over the wing Rusty olive angel hair and Peacock herls is you wish. Sides: JC Head: Black or Black conehead Good luck I've also posted some pointers for fly choiche and general salmon fishing in Norway for Sebastian. Hope it will help. Skitt fiske //Tompa THE_FLIES_IN_YOUR__BOX.doc General_tactics.doc
  6. Hello Jens have some very good pointers for you. May I also suggest that you keep the wing wide and low instead of building in height. Also the body hackle shall follow the flow of the wing, that is well tapered. When it comes to tails they should really be a miniature of the wing so wide, long, tapered and low is the key here. If the tail is to short and steep the fly looks misplaced however good the wing is. Assembling coneheads can be a pest. Try using thin thread such as Benechi 12/0 and the tungsten coneheads from Guideline. They have a generous hollow space in wich you could almost fit a tank. Good luck. //Tompa
  7. Hi Sebastian Nice tubeflies. You've got the tapering of the wing correct and a very nice flow. You have nothing left to learn, the force is strong with you my boy. The rest is just a matter of personal styling, some like it this way and some that way. Don't forget to tie all the patterns in various sizes. From size 12 double hooks to 10 cm tubes. Then you will be set. Welcome to Norway. I´ll be on the Orkla from 1st of June until 31st of august. Maybe I´ll see you around. Skitt fiske //Tompa
  8. Hello Shaq The cone on the middle fly is a two toned Turbo cone head from Guideline. The cones are developed by M. Frödin and is avilable on the market. Check with your local dealer he should be able to come by them. They create great motion in a hairwing and also if you use a long soft fronthackle such as Marabou, Rhea, Ringneck etc. In some angles in the current the tube also get a wiggly wobbly motion. SUPER!! Good luck //tompa
  9. Hi all Season in Norway is coming up in less than 70 days and it's time to load up on the workhorse patterns. Heres on of my most trusty catchers in clear river and sunny weather. The Greenlander. The pattern is originally by M.Frödin as a 2-in-1 fly combining Green Highlander and Silver & Grey. I sometime varie it a bit but here's the original recipe Tube: xs+M Fits Hook: Silver 3-11 Tag: Holo silver mini flatbraid Tail: Green Fluro fibre Body: rear 1/2 Saffron Yellow flatbraid front 1/2 Caddis Green Ice dub Rib: Silver Flatbraid Body hackle: Silver badger Front hackle: Silver badger Wing: Chartreause and Yellow Mirror flash, Yellow and Green hair with Chartreause Angel hair in between. Over that black hair topped with Rusty Olive Angelhair and Peacock herls Sides: JC Head: Green or Fluo green Conehead on tubes. Have fun tying and fishing it //Tompa
  10. Hi all I'm afraid that the new Kaiser in the family is taking up to much time, that and my new work has managed to keep me away from the vise for some time now. However here's a couple of flies you culd try in clear river on a bright sunny day. The Naook and the Sillen. The Sillen is a version with he new Turbo cone heads from Guideline. I'm sure that I've left the recipe for Sillen before but here it is for the Nanook. Tube: XS+S fluo green FITS Hook: Silver 2 - 12 Tag: Mirage saltwater flash or silver Tail: White Flurofibre Body: Rear1/2 Kelly Green Firestar dub, front 1/2 Pearlgreen Firestar dub Ribb: Blue Lagartun mini flatbraid Body hackle: Silver badger Front hackle: Fluo green ringneck or Teal colored fluo green Wing: First some strands of MOP and blue gliss n glow. Then a bunch of white, almost glaslike krinkled hair such as good arctic fox. Then some strans of Damsel and Sea foam green Angelhair. Over that A bunch of mixed Ice blue and light green hair. Sides: JC Head: Fluo green or silver cone head on tubes. The Nanook should be tied very light but still have a large volume. The light should drizzle through the wing and reflect in those small amounts of flash. I´ve also took the liberty of adding a short novel about the importancy of fishing your own way. If you wish to read more about "my kind of salmonfishing" you could do so at www.elverfly.com It's my friends sight but I have contributed to the chapters about Atalntic salmon fishing. //Tompa Fish_your_own_ways.doc
  11. Hi all My opinoin on new tying stuff David raised a question in the weekend about what's next on a templedog tube. I suggest he's referring to the new TURBO cones by Guideline. Being a tyer of both classic and modern salmon flies I find the question both righteous and in place, I have no issues in that. But WHY is the question raised in the first place? Has there been set a standard somewhere, somehow in how a salmonfly should appear, possible strongly connected to how it should be fished? I think that's maybe the case, and I also think it's sad. My strong believe is that if the "old masters" have had modern tying materias of today aviable they would have used them and that goes for rods, and lines as well. No doubt we have a great deal of heritage to consider and to care for but also a warning to make the heritage into a backpack filled with stupid rules that really considers no one. I will try to give an example: A great deal of the "older" Scandinavian writers/salmonfishers still writes books and their opinions about salmon fishing is influenced by techs and methods that has been found less effective IN VAROIUS CONDITIONS. For i.e Lee Wulff's saying about "don't care about the fly as long as it is fished on floating line" is strongly implemented in their thinking. Further one can notice the almost manic use of old full action rods and whole lines as if it where rules written in stones and fetched of a mountain. My strongest believe is that some times it's right to use a floating line BUT in several cases it's not. And how about all the fishing done before the "greased line" was invented, shall we just cut that and the flies that were tied before from our heritage. Everyone in their right state of mind will notice that the exclusive use of theese methods is more like neurosis and that it's often justified by the spitting on other ways to fish. Fortuneatly this is nothing that bothers me 24-7, but if I'm confronted with it I'll tell you my opinion. And as it was said before this is exactly what I'm doing now. In the company of my "fishing-brothers-in arms" we have a saying that goes (poorly translated) "Fish the best doing it your own way" and I intend to. So let´s see what the manufacters will come up with next and maybe, perhaps let´s put some of it in use. ALWAYS tight lines, my friends, always tight lines :headbang: //Thomas (with no fear of getting his ass kicked over this post)
  12. Hi all My opinoin on new tying stuff David raised a question in the weekend about what's next on a templedog tube. I suggest he's referring to the new TURBO cones by Guideline. Being a tyer of both classic and modern salmon flies I find the question both righteous and in place, I have no issues in that. But WHY is the question raised in the first place? Has there been set a standard somewhere, somehow in how a salmonfly should appear, possible strongly connected to how it should be fished? I think that's maybe the case, and I also think it's sad. My strong believe is that if the "old masters" have had modern tying materias of today aviable they would have used them and that goes for rods, and lines as well. No doubt we have a great deal of heritage to consider and to care for but also a warning to make the heritage into a backpack filled with stupid rules that really considers no one. I will try to give an example: A great deal of the "older" Scandinavian writers/salmonfishers still writes books and their opinions about salmon fishing is influenced by techs and methods that has been found less effective IN VAROIUS CONDITIONS. For i.e Lee Wulff's saying about "don't care about the fly as long as it is fished on floating line" is strongly implemented in their thinking. Further one can notice the almost manic use of old full action rods and whole lines as if it where rules written in stones and fetched of a mountain. My strongest believe is that some times it's right to use a floating line BUT in several cases it's not. And how about all the fishing done before the "greased line" was invented, shall we just cut that and the flies that were tied before from our heritage. Everyone in their right state of mind will notice that the exclusive use of theese methods is more like neurosis and that it's often justified by the spitting on other ways to fish. Fortuneatly this is nothing that bothers me 24-7, but if I'm confronted with it I'll tell you my opinion. And as it was said before this is exactly what I'm doing now. In the company of my "fishing-brothers-in arms" we have a saying that goes (poorly translated) "Fish the best doing it your own way" and I intend to. So let´s see what the manufacters will come up with next and maybe, perhaps let´s put some of it in use. ALWAYS tight lines, my friends, always tight lines :headbang: //Thomas (with no fear of getting his ass kicked over this post)
  13. Hello David A nice tie that will absolutely work for salmon and seatrout for atlantics in Norway. I think this is a full wearthy and more fishable alternative to i.e a Silver&Grey. I really considered your opininons on "what's next in front of a templedog" and I will be back on the subject soon. //Thomas
  14. Nice tie. I´m guessing you will take this Mörrum this spring huh? Have you seen it in motion yet? //thomas
  15. Hi all Thank you for the kind words about my flies I don't think that the turbo coneheads will make ordinary cones useless. There are different areas of use for both. Guideline has developed new ordinary cones made of tungsten and when it comes to balancing tubes they are second to none. The best thing about the new tungsten cones are the generous hollow space if you compare with the ordinary US Cones from Spirit River. There are no longer any problems to fit the cone onto the head of the tube even if you have double JC, Angle Hair and peacock herls attatched. The best thing after the perfect balance is that yoú'll get a head that is more durable than any varnish, epoxy or superglue. I mean they use tungsten in anti tankshells for god sake. The new tungsten cones from Guideline comes in XS, S, M and L and the colours gold, silver, black, fluo green, fluo orange and fluo yellow. Sounds like I'm advertising but I just REALLY like this stuff. Any thing that will improve flies and increase salmon catches should be tried and improved if you are a serious hardcore salmon fisher. The heritage is important but lets not make it a backpack OK. Always tight lines my friends :headbang: //thomas
  16. Hi all hardcore salmon fans To answer some questions: 1. No, since the turbo cones hasn't been aviable to us real hardcore fishermen until now I haven't given them a proper trial run. BUT however I´ve put on my scuba gear and watched in real motion so to speak and from what i've seen I have confidence, believe me. 2. How to melt the tubes. I'm afraid I'm far from ortodox here. I use the same small butane burner as I use for burning sugar on creme brules, being a chef I have several and gas as well. I think the trick is that I turn the fly 180 degrees, and push/cram the front part onto the mandrill wich I'm tying on. You'll naturally get an inverted cone shape on the tube and the plastic will melt and form a well defined rim. That's how I do it. Sorry no secret husch-husch-stealth-airborne-black-op-mission tricks here I'm afraid 3. The tricks to the tubes still is good winging material, long but still volumious, and proportions. Wing with large volume requires body, body hackle and front hackle in the same style to look good and fishable, otherwise It's just a waste of time and money. Just some of my thoughts. I wish to extend to you all my wish for Tight Lines and further more always Tight Lines. Half a step... Tompa
  17. First of all Jens it's a nice tie nothing wrong there. But from my point of view the Himalayan Sheep tend to stick to itself to much. I found some at oracle.dk and I will order it and try, BUT I'm afraid that doggy-dog still is the ultimate winging, at least when it comes to tubes. Anyway, nice tie, though I'm prone to shorter wings and fatter bodys. Jag menade vart och när fiskar du lax sommaren 2007, det vore kanske kul att se varandras flugor IRL så att säga. //Thomas
  18. Hi Jens No, I´ve never tried Himalayan sheep before, actually never heard of it. Is it any good? Once I tried Sheeps fleece and aöso lama, but they are to soft and sticks together too much. Where can I get hold of Himalayan sheep. :dunno: Hälsningar Thomas P.S Vart fiskar du lax i sommar? D.S
  19. Hello Is this maybe the first tubes posted on the FTF ever with the new TURBO cones from Guideline? I got theese cones a few days ago and they look like e deep saucer or something. I tied some of my favourite tube patterns using them and took them for a test swim in my local (non-salmon) river. The movement is amazing. When the current hits them in a certain angle they get a wiggly wobbly effect and the tempeldog wings move as I've never seen before. I'm gonna carry a bunch of TURBO tubes to my homerivers in Norway this summer. Theese patterns are the Patakhorva and Greenlander, both originally by Michael Frödin. Try this, you'll like it :headbang: //tompa
  20. Nice doggy Could pass as an alternative to Sillen perhaps? Is it Ljungan river your standning by in your avatar?
  21. I caught the end of Jens lession last night, very instructive I decided to transform towo old patterns into templedogs myself using orange rubberlegs to substitute the tippet. So here they are the Tompa versions of Green highlander and Silver & Grey. Both for clear water, one for sunny days and the other one for cloudy days. My webcam will arrive sometime in the week and I'm planning to host a lession in how I tie the templedogs using multiple wing setting to get as much silhouette as possible without bulking up the wing. I will be tying the Frödin pattern Mikkeli Blue wich I'm sure I have posted on the forum before. I hope someone will be intrested Tight lines...always //Tompa
  22. Hello Long time no see I´m afraid things as fly tying has been a little offside since our first son was born 7-8 weeks ago. Some things has fall in between such as tubes for Frank and Damian i.e. But they are coming (actually there´s a funny story in this). Anyway here are some RATS, not my first choiche of fly normally but when it comes to fresh grilse runs they are good catchers in size 4-6 (single). Applause :headbang: to the new "forum" in the forum for us flytyers/flyfishers (ha ha ha ) No really, all respect and cred to the artistic tyers, they carry the legacy on and does it REALLY WELL. But let´s not forget why we were tying in the first place, huh!? One begins to have obligations to family and work and I for one must choose what to spend time on. And I choose chasing for salmonfishing and new salmon beats before hunting down "hard-to-find" fly tying materials. I´m working on some tubes, maybe I qualify to hold a virtual tube class. Always tight lines my friends, always tight lines //Thomas
  23. Thank you everybody. I'd love to come over to your lovely continent. Both to cook for you and to fly fish. There's only one small thing, I´m not only scared of flying. I'm totally and utterly terrified. The grayling in our steams average about 1-1,5 lbs depending on where you fish. The grayling in the lakes is fairly bigger. Perhaps 1,5 - 2 lbs. My personal best on streams are from the river Glomma in Norway and a grayling that was 53 cm in lenght and about 2,5 lbs. The biggest grayling in a lake was in restricted waters and that one weighed 4 lbs. I have the benefit of living next door to one of the native people, called Sames, so I can fish on their waters. Someday I'll catch a boat or will get drunk enough to fly. Then I'm coming //Tompa
  24. Luckily, I might add, my wife is giving me transportations there and back on snow- mobile. So maybe New Years won´t be so bad after all. There are many percs being the sample taster of wines and avecs //tompa
  25. Sadly I won't be eating so much of the New Year supée but the tourist guests I'm cooking for are getting 5 dishes: 1. Foie de gras brulé with black trouffles 2. White trouffles soup 3. Ballontine from turbot with scallops and lobster in a crayfish soup 4. Reindeer racks and almond potato terrine with porcini mushrooms, port reduction, grilled white aparagus and lingonberry marmalade. 5. 3 variations of cloudberry. Soup, Sorbet and Creme Brulé. Served with nets of white and dark chocolate, reduction of cinnamon, brown sugar and dark rum and finally a car de moume flavoured ricotta. Afterwards. Dark and white chocolate trouffles, avec of your choice etc etc etc etc. Until the small hours I'm afraid. I'm really looking forward to this. Happy, happy, joy, joy //tompa
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