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August 16, 2010

The perfect Mayfly imitation

I believe every fly fisher has a fascination for Mayfly's. Normally I'm not a "bug lover" but when it comes to Mayfly's it's a different story. To me they represent pure beauty, and when ever I see one, my inner fly fishing soul is brought to live.
I would characterize my fascination for this little bug as "pure love"!!! - To se a May fly flapping its wings over a quiet little clear stream, then fall down, follow it drifting downstream, and then suddenly it's being swallowed by a fat greedy trout, that is something which gives me absolutely great pleasure. I can watch this scenario for hours - it's pure fly fishing zen, if you ask me :O)

But to tie a really nice Mayfly imitation, is difficult and takes time to learn, I would go so far to proclaim that it is something you have to have in your blood, a genetic skill, only a few fly tiers master. I have seen some beautiful examples of well tied Mayfly's - but the best I've seen so far comes from a German guy called Jürgen Baum, he doesn't make fly's - he makes art!!! His Mayfly imitations a so beautiful, that you don't want to use them, or just save them for a very special catch.
On my last trip to Slovenia, I came to a pool which were holding a lot of huge graylings, but they didn't take anything for hours, I used most of my flies to try to tempt these shy fish, but nothing worked.

Then I decided sacrifice one of Jürgen's beauties - and BANG in my first cast I landed a huge grayling - pure magic!!

Here is a couple photos of Jürgens beautiful Mayflies - If you should want to get in contact with this magic fly tier and buy some of these beauties, send Jürgen Baum an email, and make sure to get some "Mayfly magic" in your fly box.

Jürgen Baums can be reached on this email :

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Mark Pool 32

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