How to tie a neversink caddis pattern

The Fly Tie

The nail from the Ponoi. Easy. Heavy. Catchy.

Many lodges and camps on the Kola Peninsula send their guides into the winter break with a binding order. This is basically a game with cards face down, because you blindly draw a pattern and then have to tie 500 or 1000 pieces in winter. You can be lucky, “Sunray Shadow”, or unlucky, “Bomber”. Of course, the work is rewarded and rewarded, because the flies are either bought by the guests or simply belong to the service of the already expensive lodges.

At $ 16,000 a week, a few flies don't matter either. The tip for the entire staff then amounts to 1500 to 2000 dollars per guest and is also very nice. Many lodges have their own patterns, and this is where the “Ponoi Nail” comes from. As you can see at a glance a carefully constructed pattern, manageable material, easy to tie, a great range of color and effectiveness.

The shape, color and weight of course suggest that this is a sinking line fly for the early weeks. This deep fish is certainly not just bothering me, and I always tend to try to fish far too small flies too shallow far too early. Read again: Yes, that's right, that's me. Sinking line flies are not my problem at all. I bind myself and have enough to feed with. But hanging on the 40, 45 or 50 leader is just an agony. You stretch your cord and strain all connections. A climber would sort out his equipment after such an exposure. What do we do - keep fishing.

That's why I tend to offer your bow tie a tad too high. The "Ponoi Nail" could help to see the problem a little more relaxed. With a single or twin you also have less hangover, the pattern has been tested on thousands of salmon, so get down with it. Fishing deep catches so much more than fishing shallow, if you only did it consistently, you would probably be more successful.

But you never get to see the bite on “Sunray Shadow” and the dorsal fin behind a “hitch tube”. Still, a handful of nails should be tied.

You don't have to be a great clairvoyant to give up the 2020 salmon season for now. The tour operators are careful not to say that. Air traffic has more or less stopped, many of the classic salmon countries, modernly they say destinations, no longer allow tourists into the country. Norway already reports 80% losses in the export of fish, crustaceans and shellfish. That is an average value, because the top products that are called up by restaurants are, in principle, completely dormant. Fishing tourism is probably also in this range, i.e. 80 to 100% minus. Nobody can say what will happen yet. Should we be given the freedom to travel again, one or the other salmon fishing dream may come true. The fact that the situation is so dynamic is something all sorts of people keep talking into the microphones. Take a look at "7 Days and 6 Nights" with Harrison Ford and Anne Heche. I like the movie because an old geezer gets such a great wife. At least that's what my wife says. So Harrison Ford says the following sentence: “A captain just doesn't have to wave his arms around and shout loudly: Shit, we're going to die here! That doesn't create a lot of trust. ”Our captain, Ms. Merkel, creates trust. I have considered whether I would like to discontinue the “Salmon Fly of the Month” column for 2020. As with a hurricane, I take the “Ponoi Nail” and use it to nail thick plywood in front of the salmon window. Result, I don't want to. I tied salmon flies as a very young fly fisherman, at a time when financially it was impossible to even dream of coming to a salmon river. So I keep going here. We will fish again. If you see it differently, of course I don't want to create a bad mood with the salmon flies shown. To compensate, I will introduce more dry flies here.

Ingo Karwath

Ingo Karwath