Bulge Flies

Bulge Flies

Viking Lars | Saturday, 5 August 2017

Did you read my FP from a few weeks ago about flies with phosforescent materials? I rambled about night fishing and glow-in-the-dark-flies and tying materials, and I also posted a picture of a fly. The way the fly's tied allows me to fish it in different ways - more below!

The FP is here in case you want to read it. The fly mentioned is the one below.



Apart from having all sort of glow-in-the-dark-features, this fly also has another very nice feature "hidden" in the way it's dressed.

About 10 ywars ago (or such) so called "bugle flies" became very popular in Denmark. They are flies that don't float, they don't break the surface, but swing *just* under it, pushing up a bulge of water above and in front of the fly. I'm not really sure who came up with the idea, but I came across a fly by a guy called Peter Rødsgaard Jensen - the fly's called "The Broom" and check this video by my good friend, Daniel D. Holm, why. The other was simply called "The Bugle Fly" and was tied by another friend, Henrik Kure Nielsen. This fly was more or less your standard, Scandi-style tubefly, but tied exclusively with non-soaking materials and a little foam under the dressing to keep it high in the water.

The great thing about the above fly is that by simply changing the swing speed a little, this fly goes from breaking the surface, pulling a good "V", to bulging just under the surface and the swinging across 10cm under the surface, where you can't see it swing (but the sea trout can).

For me, the perfect swing is a roughly 60 degree downstream cast, where the fly breaks the surface pulling a "V" just as everything goes taught, as it slows down it sinks a little a begins to bugle only to disappear as the swing slows down before reaching your own bank. A slight downstream mend keep it pulling "V"s and bulging all the way across and just a slow figure-of-eight-retreive keeps it pulling "V"s right to your own bank.

That varied behaviour sometimes really triggers sea trout.

I use a short shooting heads on my 10' 6-wt, not so much for distance, but to get more line weight concentrated in a shorter line making it very easy to cast large, wind resistant (or even heavy) flies. I just use a 9' leader with a 0,35mm tip (nylon to keep things on or in the surface).

Another popular tactic is upstream dryfly with large foamflies - that might be a topic for another FP soon.

Have a great weekend!

Lars