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Sunday, December 14th 2014

At the beginning of winter, I - and probably most other flyfishers - always have a bunch of plans for flies I want to tie over the next 2-3 months.

I live in Southern Scandinavia, and thankfully, if the winter doesn't turn out too hard, we have plenty of fishing options, so it's not like I have an off-season as such, but I do fisk less - I admit it :-). Pike fishing (I'm coming down, Bernd :-) and sea trout fishing can be very good all winter, provided the water doesn't freeze over or we get extended cold periods. Just a few days with temps of 2-5 degrees can be enough to get things going again.

Anyway, as I mentioned last week, grayling populations seem to be recovering, but make no mistakes - I won't be targeting them yet. They still need peace and quiet to recover fully. But the news did cause me to look over my nymph-boxes, which proved to be in surprisingly good health. I haven't really fished the Danish rivers and streams for grayling and trout for the last 4-5 years, so the stock hasn't been reduced.

Still, my most three used nymphs need a little restocking. Pheasant Tails in 14, 16 and 18 were almost gone and the Green FlashBacks in 14 also need a little re-stocking. And of course, the Cased Caddis, weighted with both a tungsten bead and lead free wire on the hook shank ALWAYS need re-stocking. If you don't loose 3-4 a day, you're not fishing deep enough with this fly.

Those three are my "holy trinity". In various sizes, they'l catch fish around the World (and the have), and I often use them as point and dropper in various combinations.

So, it's on to the vise and tie some nymphs. It was actually meant as part of a SnapCast, but you can have it now. Today's PoD is how I tie the PT!

Have a great weekend!

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