About Kjell S. Rakkenes
A die-hard fly fisher and fly tier with an extreme preference for dry flies and Winston rods.
Entries by Kjell S. Rakkenes
When the water is shallow, gin clear and the stream is flowing slowly you’re into trouble. You can’t choose any emerger pattern to fool the fish when thy turn selective on emerging mayflies (E.danica). The Danica Clear Water Emerger is a super pattern to fool fish when they are not easily fooled.
The Clear Water Mayfly Emerger is a perfect imitation where the stream flows slowly, the water is clear and shallow. It is tied to get as close as possible to the real thing, with few but necessary attractors. Do not be afraid to tie it on a size 10, and not 8 as I do […]
Do you keep a diary of your days out fly fishing? If not, you should. During off-season the records of the days out is the perfect tool for planning your next trips. The Diary is also an invaluable tool when you are sitting at the fly tying bench trying to remember last years hatch.
I am so lucky to experience early Caddis hatches in my waters. Replacing the hatching stoneflies, the first bugs start appearing in early June. There is basically to versions I need to tie. One light, white winged in size 14, and one dark gray with gray wings. Also in size 14.
The Detached Body Caddis is a buggy all-purpose pattern that should be in everyone’s fly box. In my waters it comes to good use in early summer when the small white winged bugs are emerging. The prime time for this one is in the first part of the season, and in the final stages of […]
The Hare BWO Emerger is a go-to pattern for a lot of mayfly hatches, but works very well in several situations during a BWO hatch. It’s easy to tie and has a buggy appearance.
Gary La Fontaine is a master of observation and creativity. He designed the Sparkle Pupae series, but the La Fontaine mayfly halo emerger is often forgotten. It should not be.