Welcome to Fishmadman and the world of fly fishing with wake, riffling hitch and dry flies
Fly fishing for salmon and steelhead in the surface is probably the most exciting sports humans can venture into – This form of fly fishing has become increasingly popular in the last 60 years – but anglers have most likely been fishing steelhead and salmon on the top since the birth of fly fishing
We collect information about our sport – and design some of the best flies for the job
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THINGS WE WORK WITH
On the Fishmadman site, we will try to highlight the essences of surface fly fishing. We hope to do so by showing you technique, know-how and some of the many fascinating flies made for our sport.
SURFACE FLY PATTERNS MADE ON TUBE IS OUR SPECIALITY
Dry fly – Wake fly – Skaters – Riffling Hitch fly tied on tube will give you a feather-light solution that stays on top and perform better than most of their counterparts tied on long shank hooks. We have multiple pages on Fishmadman showing you how to do such tube flies
THE WORLD OF THE BOMBER FLY
During summer we stay at salmon rivers in Norway – and when the conditions are right we will tie on a dry fly like a salmon Bomber. On our pages, you will find Bombers literally cut into shape at the river bank.
Just like we make flies tuned to the rivers we fish – other anglers will have made trout and salmon Bombers honed just for their district, river and even special pools – We try continuously to collect this information and publish it on our pages and blog. Read more
BOMBER DRY FLY ON TUBE
Our Bomber dry flies is tied on a tube. A design we developed in 1995 and still work to refine and perfect. On our pages, you will find thorough illustrations that could aid you to develop your own surface flies tied on tube. Read more
RIFFLING HITCH & WAKE FLY ON TUBE
Riffling Hitch as a technique emerged during almost a century of fly fishing traditions. Allegedly the method was generated as a coincidence, by Canadian`s – who in Victorian days would have recycled damaged gut-eye flies and tied them directly to the leaders using a series of hitches – Herby the fly could have trailed to the surface creating the all important Riffling Hitch wake. Read more
We as many other European anglers will tie Riffling Hitch flies on tube and on our pages you will find special Riffling Hitch and wake flies done on our Riffling Hitch tube design – See the comprehensive pages on How to work with tube flies on the surface. Read more
THE TUBE FLY – ANOTHER ACE ON YOUR HAND
The tube fly has been part of the European fly box since the 1940´s and anglers have ever sins been developing fly patterns on tube that would suit different rivers and seasons. A fly tied on a tube could look and work like any other fly tied on a single salmon hook – But it can also be
something completely different – with abilities that go beyond any fly you have tried… tap into our vast knowledge base on tube fly know-how – and get another Ace on your hand.
SUPERIOR SALMON AND STEELHEAD FLIES
Passion & curiosity for flies and fishing is what determines our editorial line on Fishmadman – and we have collected some of the most interesting flies on our page: Flies like General Practitioner, Brooks Sunray Shadow, Collie Dog, The Frances Fly and a Micro Conehead fly like the Kinnaber Killer.
Dry fly regards
The Fishmadman Team
Our 4 main pages on Fishmadman...
Some selected pages from our blog
Much much more information about riffling hitch, salmon dry fly and steelhead wake fly
Fishmadman.com is a pretty big site and we keep on adding information that we find interesting - We do our best to link the information together so you get the ideal experience when you visit our site - Here we have gathered a list of some of the pages salmon and steelhead anglers visit on a regular basis when they come to fishmadman.com
Things to see on Fishmadman
- What do salmon eat in the sea?
- Tube fly history
- Tubes for tube fly
- Do salmon feed in freshwater?
- Fishmadman Newsletter
- Monster Tube Caddis
- Salmon dry fly How Know
- Wake, skate and dry flies for steelhead
- Snell`s Window Newsletter January 2013
- Making dry flies float February 2011 Newsletter
- About us and tube flies
- Hooks for tube flies
- Photos from Anglers
Fishmadman Newsletter - something special
What customers told us....
Hi Jesper & Per Here is a photo of a 40 inch by 21 inch Atlantic salmon we landed on one of your Monster caddis tube flies the last week. You can see the fly hanging from the fish’s mouth (barely). I’ve hunted large salmon for 20 years thr...Read More
Hi Jesper & Per Here is a photo of a 40 inch by 21 inch Atlantic salmon we landed on one of your Monster caddis tube flies the last week. You can see the fly hanging from the fish’s mouth (barely). I’ve hunted large salmon for 20 years throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and that fly moves them unlike any other. We’ve had many large fish come to that fly in the last week when other flies just would not move them.Read LessMr. Bill Bryden, NFLD CanadaNewfoundland and Labrador Outfitter
Salmon season 2013 at the Kongsfjord River Just in time for the start of season 2013 I received my selection of tube dry-flies from you - They were tied perfect and float great - I have had the greatest success with light-coloured Bombers and ...Read More
Salmon season 2013 at the Kongsfjord River Just in time for the start of season 2013 I received my selection of tube dry-flies from you - They were tied perfect and float great - I have had the greatest success with light-coloured Bombers and the Monster Tube Caddis. During the season I often witnessed how salmon would rise to the Monster Tube Caddis multiple times...without breaking the surface... I then trimmed the tail of the fly - with success in form of a solid hook-up One morning in late July, I arrived at a pool that almost always holds salmon. The pool has a fast narrow inlet with fast water extending further down into the pool. Here I have found that the procedure is to add the dry fly to the edge of the current and let it run down - on both sides. This morning I started at the bottom on the east side casting upstream along the edge´s. The previous day I had had salmon up for the Monster Tube Caddis. Already on the third cast I had a salmon up for the fly - I hooked it. Some minutes later she was safely unhooked and returned to the river. A female salmon of 76 cm (30 inches) . More fish was showing when I took a coffee break in the sunshine and was soon fishing again - First the eastern side with no results, then the mid-current of the pool. Still fruitless I waded across to the west-bank to be able to fish the fly somewhat slower - A few cast later I had hooked yet another female salmon. This one at 85 centimetre and also safely returned. A perfect and wonderful morning up the river at the end of the world. This season also gave me the opportunity to fish with friends and seeing one of them catching his first ever dry-fly salmon - What great days this summer...catching salmon in the very north of Norway I 'm looking forward to next season with more dry fly for wild Atlantic salmon - Lots of greetings to Jesper and Per at Fishmadman ! Best Regards Håvard VistnesRead LessMr. Håvard Vistnes from Kongsfjord elvHåvard Vistnes is a dedicated fly fisherman
First fly I tried was the smaller of the Monster Tube Caddis. After just a few casts with this fly a huge fish came for the fly but missed. I did two more casts before it re- appeared – This time it got hooked. Salmon weighed 17.1 kg (37.7 lb.)...Read More
First fly I tried was the smaller of the Monster Tube Caddis. After just a few casts with this fly a huge fish came for the fly but missed. I did two more casts before it re- appeared – This time it got hooked. Salmon weighed 17.1 kg (37.7 lb.) and is the biggest salmon I have ever caught... I love your flies” Joakim Haugen Salmon Angler from the North NorwayRead LessMr. Joakim Haugen, Northern NorwayAvid salmon angler
The quality of workmanship and materials used in creating a musical instrument will have a limiting effect on a musicians preforming potential. I feel the same about the equipment and flies I use when trying to make a receptive audience of the...Read More
The quality of workmanship and materials used in creating a musical instrument will have a limiting effect on a musicians preforming potential. I feel the same about the equipment and flies I use when trying to make a receptive audience of the stubbornly critical Atlantic salmon.
The tubed dry flies I received from Fishmadman allow me to play the fly just as I want. I treat them meticulously with silicone throughout the winter and again the night before a day fishing. These flies float higher on the waters surface than any others I've seen. I can lay them down ever so naturally, even with a long line in heavy wind. Their tubed fly is as responsive as electronic power steering when mending your line for the perfect presentation and control.
I made a trip to one of my favourite pools in the spring of last year. The winds were high, the rain streaming, and you could see your every breath. Higher than normal water levels intensified the whirl pool like currents that makes this a wet fly kind of place for most anglers. I fixed a tubed orange and grey bomber to my 10lb tippet as my first choice of the day. As I mentioned, the winds were high, "hold onto your hat" high. The type of wind that requires strong and low cast, timed between the strongest gales, if you are to have any control of where and how your fly is going to land. I only made about a dozen cast before I got an encouraging rise. The fish came straight up with its mouth wide open and just missed the fly before disappearing back into the cold fresh water. The trick to getting that fish to "take" is to make sure you duplicate your last cast. It's in these kinds of fishing conditions that quality equipment and flies can really compliment the anglers skill. After a short spell, I timed the gusts of wind as best I could and whipped the fly ahead of the fish, leaving mending room to represent the last presentation. This time the salmon gobbled the fly like a dog catching a frizbie. She measured in just over 35 inches of chunky prehistoric silver. There is no doubt in my mind that the tubed bomber from Fishmadman was an essential part of the formula making that dream come true.
I'm convinced that the workmanship and materials behind Fishmadman's tubed dry flies have indispensably helped me warm up many tough crowds of cold critical Atlantic salmon.
Keith ChaulkRead LessMr. Keith Chaulk, NewfoundlandAvid salmon angler
Photo of a 44 inch Atlantic hooked on a Black Bomber tube fly in August 2017 on the Lower Humber River, Newfoundland. After chasing the fish over 500 yards down river from where it was hooked, she was promptly released a...Read More
Photo of a 44 inch Atlantic hooked on a Black Bomber tube fly in August 2017 on the Lower Humber River, Newfoundland. After chasing the fish over 500 yards down river from where it was hooked, she was promptly released and swam away very strong. I have to thank my good friend and fellow guide Bill Bryden for putting me onto these tube flies which he obtained through FISHMADMAN. I have been a Lower Humber Guide for a number of years and Needless to say, after hooking multiple large Salmon on various Tube Bombers, I am very Impressed! 🙂
Thank you and tight lines!
Paul RogersRead LessMr. Paul Rogers, NFLD CanadaLower Humber Guide
I can tell you this fly and other tube dry flies will definitely be in my arsenal from this point on! Several times I hooked and landed large Atlantic salmon on their creations when my traditional flies and Bombers had no effect on the salmon. ...Read More
I can tell you this fly and other tube dry flies will definitely be in my arsenal from this point on! Several times I hooked and landed large Atlantic salmon on their creations when my traditional flies and Bombers had no effect on the salmon. The Atlantic Salmon world is continually changing with new gear and techniques, Don’t miss the boat on this new and exciting way to fish dry flies! Give these flies a try! You’ll be more than happy that you took the time!! Thank-you Jesper and Per” Tight Lines!Read LessMr. Terry Byrne, NFLD,CanadaProfessional guide and avid Salmon angler
We’ve done so well on your flies over the years and they skate so well that we don’t need to fish anything else when it comes to wake flies!Read More
We’ve done so well on your flies over the years and they skate so well that we don’t need to fish anything else when it comes to wake flies!Read LessMr.Chad Black – Steelhead guide and head managerSteelhead guide and head manager Nicholas Dean Lodge