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.
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
It’s something about fall. Crystal clear waters, razor sharp air, morning frost and a symphony in colors are nature’s last serving before the kitchen bell rings, and the season close.
The Ephemera Danica is the largest mayfly in Norway. Measuring up to 2,5 centimeters (one inch) the hatch of this beautiful mayfly is the most important during the season. When these guys appear, the big and picky trout looks to the surface for food.
Dyret is an animal in evenings. Catches fish when those swimming pupae are out. A great caddis imitation by one of the great creative fly tiers from Rena, Norway.
The Black and Peacock is as simple as it gets – just black cock hackle and peacock herl on a dry fly hook. Takes just minutes to tie, and is a good searching pattern. The Black and Peacock imitates a swimming and drowning beetle. It is an all round pattern, but is especially well suited for […]
The Glue Buzzer is really a standard glass bead buzzer pattern. It’s not the most beautiful variant, but a fast tie and an extremely efficient one. Try it on a lake or still water in combination with a dry – fish it with careful hand twists and confidence.
The Stonefly Caddis does great on a caddis hatch. Equally it can be fished as a egg laying stonefly. The CdC under the deer hair wing creates fuzz and life on the surface, just like those busy egg laying stoneflies do.
I visit my rivers like a river keeper throughout the year. I know exactly what the water levels are, how they’re doing and what to expect next. I live with them and think I understand their cycle. Even though the changing climate is contributing to new and unexpected entries in my diary, I pretty much […]