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Fly Tying: Streamer Patterns Aggregated

I was contemplating tying up some enticing streamer patterns for some large mouth bass that eluded my last year but will succumb this year to my creations. I thought of Simon Graham, a guru of streamer patterns for Pike. I recalled (see my mind is just flitting all about) that Simon may have moved from Finland back to his original home of South Africa (or was he vacationing?).

At any rate, Simon could perhaps offer up instructions on how to tie those baitfish patterns that might be applicable to these rather large LMB’s I have been thinking about all Winter.


Simon Graham Bouncer Fly

Well, in searching out his name to see if he had moved, I could not get a sense from his site. But, I came upon another site that not only had Simon’s how to’s but numerous other how to’s for Pike streamers. Check out RodTrips’ Aggregated grouping of how to tie Pike Fly Streamers Tutorials….Simon’s blogs are in my blog roll, right side column too.


Fly Tying: Poly Body/Wing (TMC Aero Dry Wing)


Aero Dry Wing by TMC

Aero Dry Wing Material @ Blue Dun Flies

I came across Blue Dun Flies via Simon Graham. This mayfly pattern is interesting. I am not sure if the proposed material: Aero Dry Wing, a poly yarn material, is readily available or any different than other poly yarn materials. The comments here and there re the material state it is hollow and straight making it appealing for flotation and handling.


Dave Wiltshire at the Fly Forums (UK) offers a source for this ‘expensive’ material at Flytek (UK). Perhaps a visitor can comment re this material’s qualities and availabilities? I believe Hareline & Wapsi may also provide this material.


Fly Fishing: Montana Pike

Several years ago, a good life long friend of mine moved to NE North Dakota and eventually to Billings, Montana. He was a trout fisherman for sure and I was intrigued as he explained the amazing hookups he had had for pike. Pike? Did seem a bit off track in the land of Steelhead, Salmon & Trout, he had just departed (Oregon). Bass and Carp were hard enough to embrace. Pike? Well he shared how predatorily, predaciously cool it was.


In the last several years, I have come to understand the scope and addiction of Pike Fly Fisher’s across the Northern latitudes. Simon Graham at his Pike Site is among several that give an exciting face to this species. So, while checking out Wayne Mumford at WillFishForWork, I saw he was mentioning his moment of recognition at BloodKnot. The piece is entitled The Beer Swilling, Spin Rod User’s Cousin. Check out BloodKnot and pay particular attention to pages 70-74 for Wayne’s well written praise to the toothy critter. Someday, I hope to try for this fish. Time seems in short supply to do it all, so I remain focused on trout with additional efforts to get better with a two hander for Steelhead.

Yet, top water for Pike (and Bass) does appeal to me. The predatory wallop does not offend my freshwater sensibilities. One thing is obvious as one studies fly fishing near and far…you fish for what you have available. Doesn’t matter the species, it is the process.


Fly Tying: Bug Bond (the clearer & durable resin)

Bugeel by Andy Elliott of Belfast

I did a short post awhile back re patterns with a resin covered head and Simon Graham commented he was using a new product called Bug Bond. I came across posts at DEESOX and a UK Salt Water forum, which again pointed to Bug Bond, a product created in the UK by David Edwards. I have not messed with two step epoxy’s and only used UV gels for covering the knots of the butt section/end of fly line. For those that want to provide that glistening, life like appearance this Bug Bond might be a simpler, more durable product. BUG BOND.

I am not sure if Bug Bond is distributed in the U.S. I also wonder if anyone has experimented with Loon UV Cure (I have used for knots and wader repair) in fly tying (durability/clear?)


The Tool (Great Idea, Great Tutorial and Photography)

Xpert Tool Clip from Vosseler


Yes, Also: Mark Petitjean Magnum Magic Tool Set

Simon Graham of Pike Fly Fishing is more frugal. That’s what happens when you move from SA to Finland: Tight Arse Top Tips


Pike’s (No, Not Pike Street Market in Seattle….) Predators

I know nothing more about Pike fishing than they look evil and arouse the predatory, retaliatory urge in me. That said, far better, if you live in the lands of Pike, to be familiar with two notable experts in the field, who are amazing tiers and gifted chroniclers. Must be the latitude.

Simon Graham (Finland) at Pike Fly Fishing Articles and Ulf Hagstrom (Sweden) at 700 Teeth tie some amazing creations to provoke the slash. Check them out at their sites. If you are of a mind, they are both at FB also.


Check out Jiri Bohdal’s exceptional images at Naturfoto


the Pike, the fly (simon graham and finland…energy & humor)

Mustad Hook & Preferred Gamakatsu Hook (bottom)

Mustad Hook & Preferred Gamakatsu Hook (bottom)


“I have been experimenting with quite a few brands, makes and types over the last 4 years in the search of a hook that I could call my favorite pike fly hook, but all have stood up to the test remarkably well although I have become a bit partial to the SL 12S BIG GAME 6/0 Saltwater fly hook from “Gamakatsu”and I have found they have increased the amount of hook ups I got last season.”

Simon Graham
Replot, Korsholme, Finland
“Every fisherman has their favourite fish he/she likes to pursue. Mine has to be the snot rocket – Esox lucius. I’ve spent countless hours chucking large wads of fluff in my quest for this fantastic predator,…”   “This blog is not just about fly fishing for pike…its about a lifestyle I lead, in probably one of the best fishing wilderness destinations in the world, Finland.”  (Photographs by Simon Graham of Beautiful Finland)

Simon Graham: “Born in England but grew up in South Africa. I now live perminantly in Finland in a small village Called Kuru, and Make a living as a Wilderness guide and photographer as well as run my own fly-fishing tours business

Very interesting site written with a good sense of humor and great variety. Much to learn here transferable to Western Hemisphere and Northern Europe.


Pike Place Market (Fly Fishing for, perhaps ‘the’ Predator?)

Archepeligo Mirror~Simon Graham

Archepeligo Mirror~Simon Graham


I have to say that I am a complete novice re Pike. I can only bring my own instincts to predation and that instinct borne from all fishing of inducing that take through movement, smell, color, sound. I am admittedly intrigued by this long, sleek killer and would love to fish for them someday. Not sure it will happen, but the enviorns closest to me in the Northern U.S. and Canada..seem so appealing and the big fly, shallower waters and observed take…wow! I also enjoy reading about other parts of the world where these fish are taken. I love steelhead, salmon, all trout, but these critters could become addictive. I am sure those that chase bass, walleye, carp etc. feel the same.  But, one has to acknowledge true predators…pike fit that bill. I want to learn more and there are some beautiful photographs on the attached link and interesting sites from Graham’s site….enjoy, I did.  

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