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Temple Dog – Hakan Norling

The original templedog tied up by Mr. Templedog himself, Hakan Norling. There are hundreds of tube patterns now spawned from this template and can be found in many colors. One important step to note while tying templedog style patterns is to tie the wing forward and bend it back in place. Be careful not to wrap on the hair after it is folded back, but rather at the base of the hair so that it flairs and produces a large voluminous profile. Enjoy.

Tube: standard 3mm tube cut to size
Thread: Black thread
Tag: Gold oval tinsel
Tail: Hot Orange fluoro fiber
Body: Flat gold tinsel / silver ice dub
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Weight: Lead tape for balance
Hackle: Hot orange hackle
Wing 1: Sunburst flashabou, Brown fox or templedog hair
Collar 1: Black soft hackle
Wing 2: Brown fox or templedog hair and angelhair
Collar 2: Black soft hackle
Flash: flashabou tied on sides
Wing 3: Black fox or templedog hair
Eyes: Jungle cock

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Black and Silver Red Butt

I’ve been tying hundreds of these tubes over the past few months and so I’ve also been watching lots of Scandinavian tube fly videos. Here is a nice simple pattern with just one wing. Lots of the ones I’ve been tying have 2-3 wings, tags, tails, multiple collars, discs…. This one is nice and simple. it does take some time to become familiar with some of the finer points in tying this style of fly. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Tobbe Hedin late last year to discuss some of the details and get some of the “secrets” of tying this style. Schlappen, and hen hackle work quite well where hackles are often too stiff for collars. For the hair, it can be tough to source stuff long enough, but I’ve had great success from Foxy Tails in the UK. It may seem a bit pricey, but the hairs are long, and each pack has a rather generous amount. If you don’t object to using dog hair, templedog is a nice material to work with, but I do like the courser texture of the fox.

Tube: tube
Thread: thread
Tag: Red floss
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Body: 1/2 flat holographic silver tinsel , 1/2 silver dubbing
Collar: black schlappen
Wing: long fox, templedog or goat
Collar: Teal flank
Eyes: Jungle cock
Head: turbo disc

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Creative Art Flies – Val Kropiwnicki

I’ve been admiring the creations that Val Kropiwnicki has been putting out for some time. Who could help but to stare at these unique works of art. Perhaps the most interesting aspects of the flies (for me) are the ones which defy the conventions and even practicality and are tied, just because they can be. The Spowith Heritage fly below is a perfect example with the inline double shank. I applaud the ingenuity and and creativeness of these works of art.

The Spowith Heritage - Val Kropiwnicki
The Spowith Heritage - Val Kropiwnicki

Click here to view the full gallery of Val Kropiwnicki’s works.

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