Lady Caroline- by Timo Kontio

featured, Fly Patterns, Videos — By on November 15, 2012 2:37 pm

A time tested salmon and steelhead pattern, the Lady Caroline, tied by Timo Kontio. Watch Timo’s excellent clean and detailed technique of a fly that should be in every angler’s box.


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  1. John Forish says:

    Amazing to watch. Extremely accurate and clean. Beautiful fly.

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  2. Mike Pearce says:

    Great fly – could we have a list of materials ?

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  3. Timo Kontio says:

    You can find the pattern and my notes at flytyingarchive.com

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  4. Roger Booth says:

    Cleanest neatest fly I have seen tied. Great.

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  5. Do you have a Trout version of the Lady Caroline?

    What was the body/palmer hackle?

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  6. Timo Kontio says:

    Brian, you can use it for trout in smaller sizes. Actually similar flies in “salmon size” were used a lot in Finland for trout fishing in the early days.

    The hackle is heron which is illegal to have in the US so I would substitute it with Blue Eared Pheasant for example. They are very similar but the Heron is slightly softer so don’t use too much of the B.E.P. or it will not swim correctly.

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  7. dara says:

    nice pattern .I have persian blog about fly fishing

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  8. Ed Calvert says:

    Beautiful fly. I am going to try to tie this fly for trout in my area. What a work of art!! Thanks for sharing Timo.

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  9. Dan Gracia says:

    For use in the US, some burned Schlappen feathers work nicely as a Heron substitute. Here’s how you prepare them:

    • Put a 50/50 mix of bleach and water in a small bowl. Then mix some baking soda and water in another small bowl.

    • Take no more than 4 to 6 Schlappen feathers feathers at a time. Hold them by the butt ends of their stems and slowly swish them back and forth in the diluted bleach solution. Watch the feathers closely and as soon as the web barbules dissolve enough off the barbs you will see the barbs relax and separate. If you watch closely you can see the barbules dissolving, but the real key is that these extremely webby feathers all of a sudden stop being webby and move easily as you swish them in the solution.

    • Immediately move them to the baking soda solution and swish them around to neutralize the bleach. The rinse well in clear water and let dry. If you keep them in the bleach solution too long they will get brittle and the stems will crack as you wind them. So just burn them until the barbs separate.

    When you do this just right, you get “US legal” long flowing Spey hackle that undulates seductively with every subtle change in the current. They are a great substitute for Heron and you can get them in a multitude of colors.

    Be careful not to do more than a few at a time or you will ruin a lot of feathers. If you spend 15 minutes with this burning method you can prepare more than enough Spey Hackle to tie up dozens of Spey flies.

    Dan

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  10. walt says:

    great video! Who is providing the great background music?

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