Floating flies fished on the surface is one of the most exciting methods and the sight of a large aggressive predatory fish attacking the fly in a big splash can almost give the fisherman a heart attack… Over time, surface flies have been used extensively – but the American fly fisherman and fly tyer Larry Dahlberg started to experiment with the shape of the heads of his flies back in the late 1970’s. Instead of having a large surface in the front to splash and “push” as much water as possible, he changed the shape so that the floating fly would dive instead of splashing. With a strong retrieve the fly could dive into the water and the stronger the pull – the deeper the fly could dive in a quick jerk – something that he discovered even the most skeptical predatory fish had difficulty standing for – a classic style of predator-fly was born.
The Swedish fly tyer and specialist in large streamers, and especially deer hair flies such as poppers and divers, Andreas Andersson has been behind the ftying-vice, and in this video he will shares all his tips and tricks in handling and tying flies with deer hair. It almost seems like blasphemy to use a “work of art fly” like this one-hour-fly Andreas ties – but it is actually ment to be fished with, because as Andreas himself says about the fly: “throw it in the water and have fun with it”. So grab your tying-vice, some deer-hair, a cup of coffee and learn from the master himself.
Multi-Colour Dahlberg Diver
Hook: Ahrex TP610 # 2/0 – Trout Predator Streamer
Thread: Red UTC & white 200 D
Tail: Yellow bucktail. Mix of red and golden yellow holographic flashabou. Burnt orange grizzly and peach cock-hackles
Body: Mix of tan and white, tan, yellow and red deer belly-hair
Eyes: Fish-Skull Living Eyes, Fire
Legs: Red and black round rubber-legs
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