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Me and my friend decided to try a bit traditional fishing since it has been a while after the last time we were fishing with long line. Not so many fishermen are using long line nowadays. Most of the fishing is done by sport fishing gear or with nets.

Idea is to use a long line and attach a leader with a hook to it. We are using approx 300 meter long line and 100 hooks/leaders with 3 meter gaps. Long line is stored on a box which as slots for the hooks and leaders.

Naturally the line will be baited. Bait can be a baitfish or a worm if you like. We like to use Alburnus alburnus which is a small Cyprinidae species fish.

Baitfish

Usually we put out the line at the evening and haul it on early morning. Minn Kota Riptide bow mount remote controlled motor is very handy when you are baiting the line and letting it go.

Baiting the line

Baiting the line

 

Weather was very nice and there was no wind at all.

Evening weather

 

Next morning we woke up early and went out to the bay to haul the line.

 

Line is hauled slowly setting it into the line box at the same time.

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Some times there is some catch too if you have set your line to a good place! This one was just over the allowed minimum lenght. Few zanders were discarded (let go) as they were too small.

 

Zander

Zander

 

After hauling the line it is essential to pack it properly so it won’t get tangled next time you want to set it.

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As a summary it was very nice evening and early morning out on the sea and we managed to get total of 6 fish, five of them zander and one perch. Today’s dinner menu is set!

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This video shows how to land a big salmon. This guy had a to fight for it….

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Blue White Pike Tube

Blue white is one of the basic pike fly colours. I decided to tie couple of BlueWhites for upcoming pike fly fishing trips. Winter is lurking around the corner so pike fly fishing with a float tube -season is almost over. Hopefully sea does not ice up soon so we can continue our fishing for couple of weeks.

Here is one of the Blue Whites.

I have tied the fly on a rigid plastic tube. I have used Body Fibre with a twist of flash on the wing and Bug-Bond on the head. I have also added silver eyes for creating a realistic look.

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Today I decided to try a new material with caddis pupas. It is suede like flat yarn which you can use with pupas. It is very easy to use and you can use it like chenille yarn. So far I have used Wapsi’s Ultra Chenille with caddis pupas but I think after this experiment it is time to start using Supa Suede. The body of the pupa looks realistic when using Supa Suede. Here is one result of my experiments…..and as always, very easy to tie 🙂

Hook is Kamasan B100 size #10. Body is light olive Supa Suede. Back is dark brown turkey tail herls. Thorax is Wapsi’s squirrel dubbing which is the best dubbing available ! 🙂 Feelers are ringneck pheasants tail herls.  Also a one twist of partridge feather as a touch up.

Here you can find full image of the fly.

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Almost every salmon fly fisher has Sunray Shadow type flies in their fly boxes. If you don’t have, you definitely should get a few and try fishing with Sunrays. Why?…you ask. Because it so much fun! When the salmon takes the fly you will wet your pants 🙂 Usually salmon takes the fly very hard an you will notice it for sure.

The history behind this method is a bit unclear, at least for me. Story tells that the technique is originated in Scotland back in times when English Lords were fishing the rivers wearing tweed jackets. These Lords gave their old and worn out salmon flies to local fishermen. Of course these fishermen couldn’t use these flies the normal way because the gut eye was worn out. So they used a hitch knot for attaching the fly to the leader, hence the name.  This method caused the fly to rise up to the surface and creating the “V” shaped wake.

Nowadays salmon fly fishers are using hitch flies tied on tubes. There are several hitch tube patterns available but here is an example how nice it is to use Sunray Shadows as a hitch tubes.

Here is the pattern:

Tube: Plastic tube you can use different colors if you wish. Basic color is clear.

Tube length: from 1/2″ to 2″ depending on the wing length

Underwing: Bucktail, choose the color you like: white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, etc….

Wing: Black goat or arctic fox or silver fox some synthetic fiber if you like. Also add couple of peacock herls to the wing.

Link to the full resolution image.

After you have tied the fly, make a hole on the side of the fly’s head.

When you are using the fly, you just need to thread the leader tip through the small hole and tie the hook in place. When fishing with the fly you need to cast the fly line on a 45 degree angle downstream and make sure that the fly makes “V” shape wake. Usually you need to pull the slack off the line before the fly starts to wake. The fly cannot wake too fast. The salmons will manage to catch it if they want. BUT if the current is too slow it is hard to get the fly to make the “V” shape wake. There needs to be at least moderate current for using this fly.

Hitching with Sunray Shadows is quite effective and a fun way to catch salmons. I hope you have found this post informative and useful for your salmon fishing. In case you don’t want to tie hitch Sunrays yourself, you can buy them here as well.

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I have used dry fly bombers in salmon fishing for some time now and it is very nice method for fishing some salmons and fun too. I use 9 feet 8 weight rod for salmon dry fly fishing. It is powerful enough for fighting with the fish and you can cast long enough easily.

Today I tied some dry fly bombers for testing purposes for my upcoming trip to Finnmark (North Norway). So far I have had some problems with the floatation of the flies. Until now I have tied bombers using polypropylene dubbing or yarn as a body. I have not used deer hair for the body since it takes lot of work and time to tie the fly. Of course polyproylene dubbing will soak after a while but it has been quite OK.

I bumped into one forum post on some fishing related discussion forum few weeks ago and some guy were presenting his new idea to use foam body bombers. I thought it is a very good idea and worth trying. Unfortunately I did not bookmark that page and I have not found it since. I had some fly foam in my stock and I used these tools below for cutting round foam patches from the fly foam sheet. I used 10 mm diameter foam patches.

Steps are easy:

1) cut the 2 mm thick fly foam with a hole cutting tool. Cut approx 10-20 patches.

2) Glue foam patches together with a suitable glue so they will form a foam cylinder. Press the foam patches together until the glue is dry.

3) Let the foam cylinder to dry good.

4) Put a nail or a pin through center of the  cylinder. Make sure it is exactly in center of the cylinder.

5) Attach the nail with the foam cylinder to a miniature drill or Dremel tool so the cylinder will spin around its axis.

6) Grind the foam cylinder to correct shape with a sandpaper. Use minimum 400 grade sandpaper.

7) This should be the result after grinding

You can use different foam colors and sizes. I tied some dry fly bombers using white and light gray foams.

The tying is quite easy after you give it some thought.  I used super glue for attaching the foam body to the hook.

Finished fly. Let’s see how these work and the main intrest is how they float 🙂

Pattern:

Hook: TMC 202DS

Tail and wing: White calf tail

Body: Foam

Hackle: 2 pcs of Metz variant grade #2 cock hackle. The hackle quality can be lower since I assume this fly will float well 😉

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This nice video shows that sometimes we don’t have any clue is the fish biting the fly or not. Some fish couldn’t care less about the presented flies, especially the biggest one.

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