Li-Flua (Shipman’s buzzer)

“Flua / flue” means fly in Norwegian. The pattern is derived from a variety of influences. One can definitely see elements of the Shipman’s buzzer or Gunnar Bingen’s “dyret” and similar flies.

Ribbed with tinsel it definitely is a Shipman’s buzzer, apart from the wing material, which is the hare fibres instead of Antron. The Wing material really makes a difference. The little bug has become my go to team fly when fishing from a belly boat.

I usually fish a fly size 12 tied with claret seal’s fur dubbing as the top dropper, a smaller size 14 or 16 sporting a hare body as dropper and a small bead head nymph as point fly.

I cut the wing of the top dropper fly to form more of a compact head. This gives a nice effect when twitched, and mimics the wake a caddis generates when swimming ashore. The dropper fish’s mostly dead drift and the nymph just hangs on and is often taken when the fish has turned away or missed one of the dries.

Of course these flies do also work on their own. Choose hook size and colour to match the hatch.

Hook: Standard Dry Fly size 10 to 18 

Thread: Dyneema 55 

Dubbing: Seal’s Fur or hare’s ear dubbing 

Ribbing (optional): Tinsel

Wing / Tail: “Jurassic hare” – fibres from an arctic hare’s foot

Hare flies

Over the years I have developed the habit of tying all sort of flies with only hare as main material. It started with hare’s mask and was completed once I found out about the material found on the hare’s feet.

Li or Lierne is the home of the “Jurassic Hare”. The fibres of the feet are used for the tail and wing of this fly. It can imitate a small mayfly or a caddis emerger … or simply put, fish food. These things are beyond catchy — trout come from nowhere to attack these.

The Hare fly series consists of 5 patterns

  • Hare (Mayfly) Nymph
  • Hare Mayfly Emerger
  • Hare Mayfly Dun
  • Hare Mayfly Spinner
  • Deer Hare Caddis
  • Li-Flua

The Hare Nymph is described in chapter 2 of the book. The other 4 patterns are explained on the following pages.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo da Vinci

The materials are all very similar. Fibres from the hare’s mask, the pelt and from in between the hare’s toes. Add a hook and thread and you are ready to go fishing.

However, the devil is in the detail and obtaining real good Arctic Hare, specifically the feet, is difficult. The supply is limited and you almost need to know a hunter going after these animals. I simply adore this material for it’s almost magical attraction to fish. I am extremely lucky to know some hunters in the cold north of Norway.

Very down to earth and honest people, which had a good laugh once I asked them to take care of the hare’s feet for fishing purposes. They were honestly thinking I was pulling their leg. My persistence was rewarded though and the feet I am getting from them have gained a small fame amongst the “connoisseurs” and are known as “Jurassic Hare”, obviously due to their size.

Fly Tying at Skålestrømmen

Fly tying classes are part of the inclusive packages we offer at Skålestrømmen. You can learn to make these all these flies yourself. Tying materials and tools will be supplied if cannot bring your own.

The fly shown works very well in Skålestrømmen (and around the world). There are of course many other, mostly more complicated types of flies that also work, but we like it simple and efficient.

This fly and video are part of “Fly Tying – Modern Classics for Trout and Grayling – by Thomas Züllich” Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich is a digital book available on the apple bookstore and also via the Skålestrømmen online store. You can order and download a pdf version, which you can use in conjunction with the instructional videos on YouTube.

The book includes 90 minutes of video, over 100 pages of text and a many interactive graphics. The beauty is that you can read and learn about fly tying techniques at your own pace and then use the videos on your computer.

The intention is to make the fly angler understand and fabricate effective trout flies and also being able to improve and simplify the flies he’s been tying so far. The approach is to use old techniques and take them further to modern flies. While the reader can learn semi realistic nymphs and extended body flies, as well as patterns just based on one or two materials.

Staying true to his German craftsman roots, the author approaches fly tying in very efficient way. Thomas Züllich is a well respected fly tier known for his engaging and fresh approach.

The book features crisp interactive graphic content, videos and over 100 pages of informative and entertaining text. The book’s glossary explains over 100 fly fishing specific terms. To even learn more and discuss the fly patterns in the book the author maintains a facebook group. –

ALSO AVAILABLE AS IBOOK The book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.

THIS MATERIAL IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT. Excerpt From Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich available on Apple iBooks
THIS MATERIAL IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT. Excerpt From Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich available on Apple iBooks